The mayor of the city said that Russian missiles hit an area near the airport in the city of Lviv, western Ukraine, early this morning.
Etern sources and Ukrainian officials say the Russian offensive has leveled off since its troops invaded on February 24, further reducing their expectations of a quick victory and elimination. abandoned the government of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
Russia has relied heavily on missiles and artillery to subdue UkraineIts forces have yet to secure any of its 10 largest cities.
At least three explosions were heard near Lviv’s airport this morning, with videos on social media showing large explosions and plumes of mushroom-shaped smoke.
The mayor of Lviv, Andriy Sadovy, said several rockets hit an aircraft maintenance facility, destroying buildings but causing no casualties.
So far, the city has escaped considerable skirmishes.
Despite defeats on the battlefield and Western sanctions, Russian President Vladimir Putin shows no signs of abating.
His government says it is counting on China to help Russia withstand the blows to its economy.
The United States, which this week announced new military aid of $800 million to Kyiv, is concerned that China is “considering directly providing Russia with military equipment for use in Ukraine,” said Secretary of State Antony Blinken. said.
President Joe Biden, who has described Putin as a “murderous dictator”, will make it clear to Chinese President Xi Jinping during the call Friday that China “will be held accountable for any actions to support Russian aggression,” Blinken told reporters.
The pair are scheduled to speak at 9 a.m. US time, the White House said.
China has refused to condemn Russia’s actions in Ukraine or call it an invasion. It said it recognized Ukraine’s sovereignty but that Russia had legitimate security concerns that needed to be addressed. A Chinese Foreign Ministry official met with Russia’s ambassador to China this week to exchange views on counter-terrorism and security cooperation, the ministry said in a statement.
The UN human rights office in Geneva said it had recorded 2,032 civilian casualties in Ukraine – 780 killed and 1,252 injured.
The United Nations says about 3.2 million civilians have fled to neighboring countries.
The fourth day in a row of talks between Russian and Ukrainian negotiators took place on Thursday via video link, but the Kremlin said an agreement had not yet been reached.
Kyiv and its Western allies say Russia waged the war to subdue a neighboring country, which Putin calls an artificial state. Russia said it was carrying out a “special operation” to disarm Ukraine.
Rescuers in Mariupol, a southern port city, dug survivors from the rubble of a theater that officials said was hit by an air strike Wednesday as civilians hide there from the shelling. Russia denies attacking the theater.
Mariupol suffered the worst humanitarian disaster of the war, with hundreds of thousands of civilians trapped in basements without food, water or electricity. City officials said they could not estimate the number of casualties from the theater.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova confirmed that Russia’s bombing of the theater was a lie.
Kyiv’s northeastern and northwestern suburbs have been badly damaged but the capital itself holds its ground, under curfew and subject to deadly nightly missile attacks.
A building in Kyiv’s Darnytsky district was severely damaged on Thursday. As residents cleared their glasses, a man knelt down to cry over a woman’s body covered in blood.
Viacheslav Chaus, governor of the region centered on the northern frontline city of Chernihiv, on Thursday said 53 civilians had been killed there in the past 24 hours. Fees cannot be independently verified.
His family said one of the people killed in Chernihiv was US citizen Jimmy Hill, who was shot while waiting in line to sell bread.
“His body was found on the street,” his sister wrote on Facebook.
Meanwhile, Japan and Australia have announced separate measures sanctioning Russian individuals and entities, including two tycoons with links to Australia’s mining industry, as well as the exporter. state armament of Russia, the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank.
The owner of Burger King said the operator of its 800 stores in Russia “refused” to close them.
The president of Restaurant Brands International (RBI), which owns Burger King and has run its restaurants in Russia for a decade in a joint venture that includes Alexander Kolobov, says the company is trying to pull out of the market. Russian school after the invasion of Ukraine.
RBI President David Shear wrote in an open letter to employees: “We have contacted the main operator of the business and requested the suspension of Burger King operations in Russia. He refused to do so.
“We have suspended all company support for the Russian market, including operations, marketing and supply chain support, in addition to denying approval for new and expansion investments.”
Mr Shear said the company’s “complicated” arrangements with foreign partners meant it could not leave its business in Russia, adding any changes “would ultimately require the support of the Russian Federation”. Russian authorities and we know that reality is not going to happen anytime soon.”
The joint venture, which RBI owns 15% with Mr. Kobolov, also includes a Ukrainian investment fund and VTB Capital, a subsidiary of Russia’s second-largest financial institution, VTB Bank.
VTB Bank has been sanctioned by the UK, the US and many European countries for this act of aggression.
“We are committed to redirecting any profits we receive from our business, including our ownership shares, to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) and immediately donate $1 million (£760,000) to that pledge. We have also worked with franchisors from over 25 countries to distribute $2 million (£1.5 million) in free meal vouchers to Burger King restaurants to NGOs that support Ukrainian refugees. ”
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/russian-missiles-strike-lviv-this-morning-a-city-which-was-escaped-significant-fighting-so-far-41460387.html Russian missiles hit Lviv this morning, a city that has escaped serious fighting so far