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Turkey’s foreign minister says he asked for Russia’s support to evacuate Turks from mosque in Mariupol

Air raid sirens sounded across Ukraine in the early hours of Sunday amid a spat of Russian missile attacks.

Some of those attacks were directed at critical infrastructure, such as the military airfield and training center at Yavoriv, ​​near the Polish border, and the airport at Ivano-Frankivsk.

But other strikes appear to have hit heavily populated areas, with the northern city of Chernihiv struck for the third night in a row.

The head of the Chernihiv region Vyacheslav Chaus said on his Telegram channel early Sunday that “the occupiers launched an air strike on a high-rise building at night.”

“Rescuers are working on the spot. According to preliminary information, one person died, two were rescued.”

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Ten fires were recorded in the city during the past 24 hours and three people had died, Chaus said.

South of Chernihiv on the main route to Kyiv, a mother and her son were reported killed in shelling near Brovary.

Football club FC Shakhtar tweeted that Dmytro Yevdochenko, a promising teenage footballer, and his mother, Maryna Yevdochenko, “died as a result of shelling by Russian troops.”

The Ukrainian government is trying to open evacuation routes for civilians in settlements around Brovary, which is across the river Dnieper from the capital.

In the eastern region of Luhansk — much of which is now occupied by Russian forces — the head of the Luhansk regional administration, Serhiy Haidai, said there had been “massive shelling” of several towns, including Kreminna and Rubizhne, which had prevented buses from leaving with civilians.

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