LVIV, Ukraine – The governor of the Lviv region in western Ukraine reported airstrikes in the region on Saturday morning.
Maksym Kozytskyy said in the Telegram messaging app that Russian Su-35 planes took off from Baranovichi airfield in Belarus and carried out missile strikes in Lviv.
Ukraine’s air defense system shot down four cruise missiles, Kozytskyy said.
He did not provide any information about possible casualties or damage.
KEY DEVELOPMENTS IN THE RUSSIA-UKRAINE WAR:
— Police: More than 900 civilian bodies found in Kyiv region
— “We pray for you”: Ukrainian Jews observe Passover when they can
— The Ukrainian port of Mariupol withstands all odds
– War Crimes Watch: The woman who would make Putin pay
— Ukrainian mother’s pain watching daughter’s funeral on the phone
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Kyiv, Ukraine – Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said in an online post that Kyiv was hit early Saturday in Darnytskyi district in the eastern part of the capital, saying there were “explosions”.
He said rescuers and paramedics were at the scene and the victims’ details would be released later.
Klitschko urged residents to heed air raid sirens and warned those who fled the capital not to return for the time being for their safety.
Thick smoke could be seen from parts of downtown near the Dnipro River, rising from the construction site on the east side of Kyiv.
Kyiv, Ukraine — Russian forces hit an airfield in Oleksandriya, a city in Ukraine’s Kirovohrad region, with a rocket attack late Friday night, the city’s mayor Serhiy Kuzmenko said on Facebook on Saturday. He did not say whether the strike claimed victims.
In the eastern Luhansk region, according to the region’s governor Serhiy Haidai, one person was killed and three others injured in a night shelling. Shelling also damaged gas pipelines in the cities of Severodonetsk and Lysychansk.
WASHINGTON — Ukraine is sending senior officials to next week’s spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Washington, where discussion will focus on the Russian invasion and its impact on the global economy.
The gathering will be attended by Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, Finance Minister Serhiy Marchenko and Central Bank Governor Kyrylo Shevchenko, according to a World Bank official, who spoke on condition of anonymity as the visit was not officially announced.
KIEV, Ukraine – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Friday that existing sanctions against Russia are “painful” but not yet enough to stop the Russian military.
Zelenskyi called on “the democratic world” to ban Russian oil. While US lawmakers and US President Joe Biden have enacted such a ban, Europe is more dependent on Russian energy supplies and the US is working to prevent India from increasing its use of Russian energy.
“In general, the democratic world must accept that Russia’s money for energy resources is in fact money for destroying democracy,” Zelenskyy said in his late-night video address to his nation.
He also said: “The sooner the democratic world realizes that the oil embargo on Russia and the complete blockade of its banking sector are necessary steps towards peace, the sooner the war will end.”
TIJUANA, Mexico — A Russian and Ukrainian have married in the Mexican border city of Tijuana after being unable to travel to the United States together
Daria Sachniuk was allowed to enter the US as a Ukrainian refugee, but her partner, Semen Bobrovski, was unable to travel there after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. They left Ukraine when the war started.
Bobrovski told El Sol de Tijuana that he believes Thursday’s wedding would increase his chances of traveling to the United States with his new wife. The US only allows Russian nationals with family members in the US to enter the country.
“Without them, we won’t be able to cross the border because we’re still strangers to the official American government,” he said.
KIEV, Ukraine – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said he discussed the fate of the besieged port city of Mariupol at a meeting on Friday with the country’s military leaders and heads of its intelligence services.
“The details cannot be released now, but we are doing everything we can to save our people,” Zelenskyy said in his nightly video address to the nation.
Elsewhere in southern Ukraine, he said, Russian troops occupying areas around Kherson and Zaporizhzhia are terrorizing civilians and looking for anyone who served in the army or government.
“The occupiers believe that this will make it easier for them to control this area. But they are very wrong. You’re fooling yourself,” said Zelenskyy.
He added: “The problem with the occupiers is not that they are not accepted by some activists, veterans or journalists. Russia’s problem is that it is not – and never will be – accepted by the entire Ukrainian people. Russia has lost Ukraine forever.”
ATLANTA — CIA Director William Burns says no one can “take lightly” the threat that Russia could use tactical or low-yield nuclear weapons, but he has seen no “practical evidence” to suggest it is imminent.
Speaking to an audience Thursday at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Burns said the “potential desperation” of Russian leaders to portray a victory in Ukraine increases the risk of using nuclear weapons.
“None of us can take lightly the threat posed by potential resort to tactical or low-yield nuclear weapons,” Burns said. “We are not.”
ROME – The war in Ukraine loomed over the traditional Good Friday procession at Rome’s Colosseum because the Vatican’s choice of a Russian woman as one of the cross bearers angered Ukrainians.
Participants in the solemn torchlight procession in the ancient arena on Friday night took turns carrying a simple, tall and slender cross as part of the commemoration of Jesus’ suffering and death by crucifixion.
The Ambassador of Ukraine to the Vatican and the Archbishop of Kyiv earlier this week denounced the Vatican’s plan to have a Ukrainian and a Russian woman carry the cross together during the procession. They refused to project what they saw as the idea of reconciliation as Ukraine is devastated by a war unleashed by Russia.
The Vatican did not respond to the protests. Pope Francis has called the February 24 invasion and attacks on Ukraine “sacrilege,” but has refrained from naming Russia as the aggressor.
Other believers applauded the decision to mate the two women. They work together in a palliative care unit in a hospital in Rome and are friends.