Russia bombed this Monday the Ukrainian city of Lviv, in western Ukraineand caused at least seven deaths in one of the quietest areas so far since the invasion of the country began, 54 days ago.
Lviv has been, since the Russian invasion on February 24, one of the main exit points for Ukrainian refugees fleeing the attacks, due to its proximity to the Polish border, about 70 kilometers away.
Whilein the south, continued the assault on what remains of the resistance in the city of Mariupol which, according to Western analysts, will not take long to fall considering the “overwhelming” firepower that can be used by Russian forces.
The number of dead in Monday’s attacks on the Ukrainian city of Lviv amounts to seven at the moment, when one of the russian missiles against a civilian target, as reported by the mayor of the city, Andriv Sadovy, through his Telegram account.
Previously, the same source had spoken of six dead and eight wounded in the attacks, directed in part against military infrastructure but which also affected civilian targets, including a tire shop.
For his part, the head of the military region of this city, Maksym Kozytskyi, reported on his Facebook page that the city was hit by at least four missiles.
In Kharkiv, in eastern Ukraine, at least 9 people were killed and 25 injured in the shellings that during the last hours have been carried out by Russian troops, reported the Interfax-Ukraine agency. The death toll was provided by the press service of the regional military administration.
“In Kharkiv, as a result of the invaders’ shelling of residential areas, including the central part of the city, 24 people were injured, six were killed,” the sources said.
The offensive on this city allows the Moscow army to regroup to try to launch a major operation on the pro-Russian regions of Donbas
Mariupol, critical situation
Mariupol is still besieged by the Russians. The resistance of the Ukrainian army is concentrated in the east of the city, in the Azovstal steel factory.
The future of these forces, to which Russia has asked to surrender with the threat of being annihilatedIt will be decided these days. According to the Institute for War Studies, the Russians have released images of the city’s port, confirming its capture, as well as other key areas in the southwest. According to his analysis, the capture of the Azovstal factory is a matter of days, especially if Russia uses its “overwhelming firepower”.
The port city of Mariupol has suffered from the Russian siege since almost the beginning of the invasion of the countryon February 24, and of its half a million inhabitants, there are barely 100,000 people left who, according to various NGOs, are victims of a humanitarian catastrophe.
The first battles in the Donbas offensive
The regional authorities of Lugansk reported this Monday of the fall under Russian control of Kreminnathe city where the great Russian offensive in eastern Ukraine began on Monday and where four civilians would have also died.
“The invaders took Kreminna,” regional governor Serhiy Gaidai wrote on the Telegram network. In a subsequent message, through the same channel, Gaidai reports the death of four civilians, whose car was “indiscriminately shot” by the Russian attackers.
The military administration of Lugansk had informed early on Monday of the start of the great offensive by Russia precisely in this city in eastern Ukraine. “We can report that the offensive has already startedThe regional military administration said in a statement, adding that fighting was taking place in the streets of Kreminna and that the evacuation of civilians was “impossible”.
Humanitarian corridors do not work
Ukraine announced on Monday that it will not be able to open any humanitarian corridor in the country due to lack of security, since the Russians block them or bomb them, said Iryna Vereshchuk, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister, on her Telegram account.
“Today, April 18, unfortunately there will be no humanitarian corridors,” he said. The Ukrainian leader explained that on Sunday “they had long and difficult negotiations” with the Russians to achieve the reopening of humanitarian corridors such as the one in Mariupol (south), without results.
Nor was an agreement reached to make the evacuation corridors operational in other parts of the country such as Berdyansk, Tokmak, Energodar, in the occupied Kherson region and in the pro-Russian Lugansk region, today the target of Russian attacks.
On the other hand, The Russian authorities have estimated this Monday at more than 850,000 the number of people who have arrived in the country fleeing the war in Ukraine, most of them from the Donbas region (east), where the self-proclaimed people’s republics of Donetsk and Luhansk are located.
Official sources quoted by the Russian news agency TASS have indicated that “in total, more than 860,000 people, including more than 161,000 children, have arrived on the territory of Russia”, while adding that during the last day some 15,000 people have crossed the border.
Thus, they have specified that among these people there are more than 237,000 Russians and more than 480,000 Ukrainians residing in the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, whose independence was recognized by the Russian president days before launching the invasion.
On the other hand, the Russian authorities have assured that to date they have delivered more than 10,000 tons of humanitarian aid to Ukraine, 6,500 of which have been received by residents of the aforementioned self-proclaimed republics, the epicenter of a conflict since 2014.
Ukrainian authorities have accused Russia of carrying out tforced removal of the population from the territories it controls in the framework of the invasion that began on February 24 by order of Putin, although Moscow has rejected these complaints and has stressed that it has limited itself to facilitating the transfer of those who want to flee the war.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.