Russia Renews Strikes On Kyiv; Hits Other Cities

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  • Russia announces general's death in battle.
  • Explosions heard in Ukraine's capital Kyiv.
  • 18 people were wounded in an explosion by a missile in Kharkiv.

Ukraine: Russian forces accelerated scattered attacks on Kyiv, western Ukraine and beyond in an explosive reminder to Ukrainians and their Western supporters that the whole country remains under threat despite Moscow’s pivot toward mounting a new offensive in the east. Stung by the loss of its Black Sea flagship and indignant over alleged Ukrainian aggression on Russian territory, Russia’s military command had warned of renewed missile strikes on Ukraine’s capital.

Officials in Moscow said they were targeting military sites, a claim repeated – and refuted by witnesses – throughout 52 days of the war. Pope Francis invoked “gestures of peace in these days marked by the horror of war” in an Easter vigil homily in St. Peter’s Basilica attended by the mayor of the occupied Ukrainian city of Melitopol and three Ukrainian lawmakers. Francis did not refer directly to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but he has called for an Easter truce in order to reach a negotiated peace.

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian president’s office reported missile strikes and shelling over the past 24 hours in eight regions across the country. The governor of the Lviv region in western Ukraine – long considered a safe zone – reported airstrikes on the region by Russian Su-35 aircraft that took off from neighbouring Belarus. On Saturday, an explosion believed to be caused by a missile sent emergency workers scrambling near an outdoor market in Kharkiv, according to AP journalists at the scene.

One person was killed, and at least 18 people were wounded, according to rescue workers. Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer, who met with Vladimir Putin this past week in Moscow – the first European leader to do so since the invasion began on February 24th – said the Russian president is “in his own war logic” on Ukraine.

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