KYIV, Ukraine (Fwrd Axis) — Missile strikes in Ukraine’s key western city of Lviv have resulted in six people being killed and 11 wounded, the Ukrainian governor confirmed early Monday.
Lviv’s regional governor Maksym Kozytskyy confirmed the blasts killed six people and left 11, including a child, wounded by four Russian missile strikes, which came roughly 40 miles from the Polish border. These are the first major strikes on Lviv in weeks, which has been a key city in connecting transport and shipment routes from Poland.
Mayor of Lviv confirms 6 killed and says 11 injured. One child among the injured.
He says a huge number of cars destroyed at the civilian car repair shop. pic.twitter.com/HJoo6ejI0x
— Raf Sanchez (@rafsanchez) April 18, 2022
As the Ukraine-Russia war enters its second month, Lviv had been spared the worst of violence until Monday. Eyewitnesses say black smoke could be seen rising over Lviv after the explosions. Kozytskyy said three of the missiles hit military infrastructure facilities and one struck a tire shop.
Meanwhile, the port city of Mariupol has refused Russia’s demand to surrender despite being given an ultimatum. If Mariupol does fall, it would give Vladimir Putin and Moscow its biggest victory of the war.
“We will fight absolutely to the end, to the win, in this war,” Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday. “We do not have the intention to surrender.”
The attacks and street fighting in Mariupol have resulted in over 21,000 deaths and 300 people were reported killed in the bombing of a theater.
Zelenskyy said he believes 100,000 people remain without food, water, heat, or electricity out of the 450,000 population. Overnight, Russia claimed they had attacked an ammunition plant near Kyiv and early Monday there were explosions in Kramatorsk, the eastern city, where earlier this month a blast killed at least 57 people at a train station.
The Ukraine-Russia war rages on with the world watching as Zelenskyy continues to plead for help. During an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, the Ukraine President said he hopes U.S. President Joe Biden will visit Ukraine in the coming weeks or months.
“I think he will,” Zelenskyy said. “It’s his decision, of course. And about the safety situation, it depends. But I think he’s the leader of the United States, and that’s why he should come here to see.”