Heavy explosions in Lviv in western Ukraine

Charlie Taylor

Heavy explosions have shaken Lviv in northwestern Ukraine. Among other things, the TV tower near the city’s world heritage-classified parts is said to have been shelled.Updated: March 26, 2022, 19:02Published: March 26, 2022, 17:23Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi writes on Twitter that Russia has directed robotic attacks against the city and urges residents to seek refuge. Five people are said to have been injured, according to the mayor. Lviv’s governor Maxym Kozytskyj writes on Facebook that the plane alarm sounded over the city and that several powerful explosions were heard, without stating what was hit. Several media, including the New York Times and BBC, report that the city’s TV tower hit by shelling. Pictures from Lviv show thick black smoke rising over the city. US President Joe Biden gave a keynote speech about the war in Ukraine, with sharp warnings directed at the Kremlin, on Saturday night. “The world must prepare for a long struggle in the future,” he said. “That man can not remain in power,” he continued, referring directly to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Earlier on Saturday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky appeared unannounced at an international forum in Doha, Qatar. He reiterated the need for continued international support, and drew parallels between the attacks on the port city of Mariupol and Russia’s attack on Aleppo in the war in Syria. ”They are destroying our ports. “Missing export opportunities for Ukraine will be a blow to the whole world,” he said.Zelenskyj then aims Among other things, on grain exports from Ukraine, which have already affected several countries in North Africa and the Middle East, which are heavily dependent on imports from Ukraine and Russia. need for Russian gas. “This is so that everyone in Russia will understand that no one can use energy as a weapon to blackmail the world.” On Friday, Russia stated that the first phase of what it calls its “military special operation” has ended. combat capability is considered to have decreased significantly, Russia should focus on “liberating” Donbass in what is described as the main target of the invasion. However, experts disagree on whether this is a new smokescreen or a new strategy as a result of Russian adversity. According to the Pentagon, units are moving from Georgia’s breakaway republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia to bolster Russia’s military presence in Ukraine. and artillery.Some experts says it is possible that with Friday’s message, Moscow is seeking a way out of the Ukraine war, and that switching to Luhansk and Donetsk could be a way to back off without acknowledging the setbacks. The independent US-based think tank Institute for the Study of War (ISW) ) at the same time warns the western world to read too much into the propaganda message, in a status update. On Friday, Russia also came out with figures on the number of dead and wounded on its own side. The Russian military says 1,351 soldiers have died in Ukraine. In addition, 3,825 have been injured. This is far below the assessments made by the Western world and Ukraine.

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