Ukraine said the Russian missile attack on Lviv left seven dead

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At least seven people, including a child, were killed in Russian air strikes on the western Ukrainian city of Lviv on Monday, according to the region’s governor. Maxim Kozytsky said four Russian strikes had targeted military infrastructure, but a tire factory had also been hit. Lviv, close to Ukraine’s border with Poland, is a relatively safe place for those fleeing heavy fighting in other parts of the country.

“What happened today is very worrying and worrisome because this is a very powerful missile strike,” he added [on] “What happened today proves once again that while the significant build-up of Russian forces continues in eastern Ukraine, the whole country is still in danger,” Yury Sak, an adviser to Ukraine’s defense minister, told CBS News’ partner BBC News.

Russian forces attack civilian targets in Lviv, killing six
Smoke looms after Russian missiles hit the area on April 18, 2022 in Lviv, Ukraine.

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Russian state media claimed that Russia bombed 315 targets in Ukraine overnight. Ukrainian officials in the southern Dnipropetrovsk region also reported several rocket attacks on Monday, saying some of the shells hit areas near a railway station. Strikes also intensified near the capital, Kyiv.

Meanwhile, new images have emerged that appear to show the Russian warship Moskva, with smoke billowing from behind, beginning to sink after it was said to have been hit by Ukrainian missiles.

Fighting rages in Mariupol

After weeks of continuous offensive, Ukraine’s prime minister said his forces were continuing to take a stand in the port city of Mariupol, despite renewed threats from Russia that any remaining Ukrainian soldiers would be “eliminated”. In a sprawling steel mill and series of tunnels beneath, a pocket of Ukrainian troops held firm, defying Russia’s ultimatum to surrender or die.

On Sunday, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba told CBS News that Russia was destroying the city at any cost.

“The situation in Mariupol is militarily tragic and tragic,” Kuleba said. “The city no longer exists.”

In Kharkiv, medics treating an injured woman are forced to dive for cover to save their lives amid an artillery attack.

On Monday, the Russian Defense Ministry claimed that Ukraine has so far lost 23,367 soldiers in the war. NATO estimates that up to 45,000 Russian soldiers have been killed, captured, or wounded since the invasion began.

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