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Russia intensifies its attacks in Ukraine and causes the first deaths in Lviv

Since the start of war in ukrainethe western city of Lvivthe cradle of Ukrainian nationalism, has served as a logistics center to supply the rest of the country and shelter moderately sure for hundreds of thousands of displaced people, who have temporarily settled on its borders or used it as a transit point before leaving the country for the Polish border, located just 70 kilometers away. The russian attacks had left her largely unscathed, a pattern broken on Monday, when at least four missiles fell on the city at first hour of the morning. Seven people died in the bombing and another dozen were injured, according to Ukrainian authorities. “Already there are no safe places left in Ukraine,” said the city’s mayor.

That is the main reading of the attack, which has left the first deaths in Lviv since the beginning of the invasion Russian. Previously, her war machine had attacked a gasoline depot and a tank repair depot without causing any casualties. And, before that, a military base several kilometers from the city, where there were 35 dead. This time the kremlin missiles reached three military installations (including supposedly empty warehouses), as well as a mechanical workshop where the victims were, according to local authorities. “The Russians continue to barbarously attack Ukrainian cities from the sky, while cynically declaring to the whole world their ‘right’ to kill Ukrainians,” said adviser to the Ukrainian president, Mykhailo Podolyak.

hundreds of bombings

that same Fire rain was repeated in numerous Ukrainian regions. Not for nothing, according to the Russian Defense Ministry, the aviation of him launched over a hundred air strikes during the morning, as well as 315 artillery salvoswhich would have destroyed 16 military targets in the Dnipro regions, DonetskZaporiya or Kharkiv. In the capital of the latter, the country’s second largest city, there were at least two deaths, both civilians, after a projectile fell “near several residential buildings,” according to local authorities.

Everything indicates that the intensity of the bombardments has intensified ever since Russian troops withdrew from northern Ukraine, unable to take a single one of its big cities, to consolidate their positions in the south and overcome the resistance they continue to encounter in the industrial east from the country. The advance of his troops on both axes is being combined with air strikes across the countryfrom kyiv to Lviv, attacks that have increased by 50% in recent days, according to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.

The donbasmining and industrial, with more ethnically Russian population than other areas of the country, is now the priority of the Russian Army and its allies in the secessionist region, engaged in a long war of attrition since 2014. The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense continues to dispute that the Russian forces have taken complete control of Mariupol. He maintains that his soldiers continue to resist in the Azovstal plantone of the largest metallurgical companies in Europe, with an area of ​​11 square kilometers.

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Experts consulted by the BBC assure that in the city, brutally punished by the Kremlin offensive, there could be between 600 and 800 Ukrainian soldiers, most of the controversial Azov Battalion. “The plant has nuclear bunkers and tunnels. It was built to survive a nuclear conflict, so it’s well prepared to be defended,” said Justin Crump, a military expert at consultancy Sybilline. “They’ve had more than 50 days to fortify it and build exit passageways. I suspect that unless the Russians raze it, they will be able to hold out for a long time.”

Although the war continues unabated, thousands of Ukrainians continue to return to their country after having put land in the middle since the beginning of the invasion. They have already returned more than a million people, according to the customs authorities. On April 16, the number of Ukrainians who entered the country for the first time exceeded those who left on the same day.

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