KYIV, Ukraine – Multiple explosions caused by missiles are believed to have struck the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, according to eyewitnesses there.
Lviv and the rest of western Ukraine have been less affected by the fighting than other parts of the country, and are considered a relatively safe haven.
Lviv Mayor Andrey Sadovy said on Facebook that five missiles hit the city and emergency services were responding to the blasts. He said more details would follow.
Major Developments in the Russo-Ukraine War:
– ‘No surrender’: Ukrainians fight at Mariupol Steel Plant
– Russia strikes again on the capital of Ukraine, attacks on other cities
Mother, grandmother crying over 15-year-old child killed in Kharkivo shelling
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LVIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russian soldiers in southern Ukraine are being tortured and kidnapped, and called on the world to respond on Sunday.
Addressing the nation in the evening, Zelensky said, “torture rooms have been built there.” “They abduct representatives of local governments and anyone they deem visible to local communities.”
Zelensky said humanitarian aid had been stolen, causing famine.
In the occupied parts of the Kherson and Zaporizhzhya regions, he said, Russian separatists are creating states and introducing the Russian currency, the ruble. Zelensky said Russian shelling in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, had killed 18 people and wounded 106 in the past four days.
“This is nothing but deliberate terror. Mortars, artillery against ordinary residential neighbourhoods, against common civilians,” he said.
He added that a planned Russian offensive in eastern Ukraine “will begin in the near future.”
Zelensky again called for increasing sanctions against Russia, including its entire banking sector and oil industry. “Everyone in Europe and America already sees Russia openly using energy to destabilize Western societies,” Zelensky said. “All of this requires greater impetus from the West in formulating a new, powerful package of sanctions.”
WASHINGTON – Ukraine’s foreign minister described Mariupol’s situation as appalling and heartbreaking, saying Russia’s relentless attacks could be a “red line” that ends all efforts to reach peace through dialogue.
Dimitro Kuleba tells CBS’s “Face the Nation” that the remaining Ukrainian military personnel and civilians in the port city are basically besieged by the Russian military.
He says that the Ukrainians “continue their struggle” but that the city effectively ceases to exist due to the mass destruction.
Kuleba says his country has been holding “expert-level” talks with Russia in recent weeks in the hope of reaching a political solution to peace. But citing Mariupol’s importance, he echoed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, saying that the elimination of Ukrainian forces could be a “red line” that stifles peace efforts.
WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden says he is praying over Easter for those living in the “dark shadow” of war, oppression and poverty.
Biden issued an Easter message on Sunday in which he said he was also praying for peace, freedom and basic dignity and respect for all of God’s children.
Biden did not say what war he had in mind, but the president has been deeply involved in the effort to end Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The US president says he is grateful that the easing of the COVID-19 pandemic has allowed many people around the world to celebrate by attending religious services and in-person family gatherings. He also acknowledges that the holiest day on the Christian calendar “falls on a heavy heart for those who have lost loved ones and those of us who are living in the dark shadows of war, oppression and poverty.”
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