‘Explosions’ reported in capital Kyiv

  • Explosions reported in Kyiv and Lviv with air sirens going off across most of Ukraine.
  • The bodies of more than 900 civilians have been discovered in the Kyiv region, police official says.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy appeals to US President Joe Biden to designate Russia a “state sponsor of terrorism”, Washington Post reports.
  • Ukraine’s defence ministry accuses Russia of using long-range bombers in Mariupol, where fighting is raging around a steel plant and the port.
  • Russian shelling kills seven people in the eastern city of Kharkiv, governor says.

    Head of Russian navy meets crew of sunken missile cruiser: Tass

    The head of the Russian navy, Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov, has met with crew members from the sunken missile cruiser Moskva and said they would continue to serve in the navy, Tass news agency said.

    Russia said on Thursday the Moskva had sunk after an ammunition explosion. Ukraine said it hit the vessel, the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea fleet, with a missile.

    ‘Precision long-range weapons’ used in Ukraine attacks

    Russian defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov says an armoured vehicle plant was among the infrastructure targeted. He did not specify where the plant is located, but there is one in Kyiv’s Darnytskyi district.

    Konashenkov says the plant was among multiple Ukrainian military sites hit with “air-launched high-precision long-range weapons”.As the US and European nations send new arms to Ukraine, the strategy could be aimed at hobbling Ukraine’s defences ahead of what is expected to be a full-scale Russian assault in the east.

    Russians strike 8 Ukrainian cities

    Ukraine’s presidential office reported Saturday that missile strikes and shelling over the past 24 hours occurred in eight regions: Donetsk, Luhansk and Kharkiv in the east, Dnipropetrovsk, Poltava and Kirovohrad in the central Ukraine and Mykolaiv and Kherson in the south.

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