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Russian strikes in Lviv, Zelensky accuses Moscow of wanting to “destroy the Donbass”

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► Russian strikes on the city of Lviv

The city of Lviv was the target of five “powerful” missile strikes on Monday, April 18. “At this time, we have identified six dead and eight injured. There is a child among the victims,” said regional governor Maksym Kozitsky.

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He added that the Russian strikes had “badly damaged” military infrastructure and a tire garage, causing fires. Ukrainian Railways has indicated that “several missiles fell near the railway installations”, without causing casualties and without obstructing traffic.

Located in the west of the country, the city of Lviv has so far been relatively spared from the fighting since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24.

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► Moscow wants to “complete and destroy the Donbass”, according to Zelensky

In a video message on the evening of Sunday April 17, Volodymyr Zelensky warned of an imminent attack by Russian soldiers in the east of the country.They literally want to finish off and destroy the Donbass (…) Just as the Russian military is destroying Mariupol, they want to wipe out other towns and communities in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions,” affirmed the Ukrainian president.

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Moscow seems particularly determined to take the strategic port of Mariupol in the Southeast, whose last defenders ignored an ultimatum from the Russian army on Sunday, which asked them to lay down their arms. “Sabotage the occupiers’ orders.” Don’t cooperate with them (…) You have to hold on.” said President Zelensky again.

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He again called on Westerners to impose “an embargo on oil deliveries from Russia”considering that such a measure “is becoming more and more important every day”.

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