Russian military airstrikes killed at least seven people and injured 11 others, including a child, early Monday in Lviv, western Ukraine, Ukrainian officials said.
The deaths in Lviv were confirmed by regional governor Maksym Kozytskyy. He said four rockets were fired, hitting three targets, including several warehouses not used by the Ukrainian military and a gas station near Lviv train station.
The deaths are the first reported in the city since the Russian assault on Ukraine began in late February. On March 13, Russia fired 30 cruise missiles at the Yavoriv military training base outside the city of Lviv, killing at least 35 people and wounding 134.
Nightly explosions were also reported in kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, in the north in Kharkiv and in Mykolaiv, near the port city of Odessa on the Black Sea.
Kozytskyy said a preliminary investigation indicated that the rockets that hit Lviv were fired from the direction of the Caspian Sea, an inland body of water that connects Asia and Europe.
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US officials warn of impending Russian cyberattacks
White House officials have repeatedly warned that evolving intelligence suggests Russia may be exploring potential cyberattacks against the United States. Now that possibility is almost certain, Jen Easterly, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, said Sunday.
“We have to assume there’s going to be a breach,” Easterly said on ’60 Minutes’. “There is going to be an incident. There is going to be an attack.”
Russia is known to have powerful cyber actors. US intelligence agencies and federal prosecutors concluded that the Russian government was seeking to influence the 2016 presidential election. Recently, Microsoft said it had halted Russian cyberattacks targeting Ukraine, the United States and the European Union.
Lisa Monaco, Assistant US Attorney General, told Bill Whitaker on “60 Minutes” that Russian state actors are already looking for weaknesses in US cybersecurity and infrastructure.
“We are talking about military intelligence actors, deploying malware, malicious code, on thousands of computers in hundreds of countries,” Monaco said on Sunday. “We see them deploying this code and taking control of these computers. It’s like an army of infected computers that, with a single command, can be deployed to do everything from collecting information, stealing information and sometimes to have a destructive effect.”
Zelensky says Russian troops are torturing and kidnapping Ukrainians
In his nightly address to the Ukrainian people, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russian troops in southern Ukraine were engaging in torture and kidnappings.
“Torture chambers are built there,” he said. “They are kidnapping local government officials and anyone considered visible to local communities.”
Russia is coming under increasing scrutiny as evidence mounts of military attacks on Ukrainian civilians in Bucha and other parts of Ukraine, leading the President American Joe Biden to call Putin’s actions “genocide”.
“This is nothing but deliberate terror. Mortars, artillery against ordinary residential neighborhoods, against ordinary civilians,” Zelenskyy said.
Several European countries ban Russian ships from their ports
Belgium, Estonia and Bulgaria are banning all Russian ships from entering their ports from Sunday. Their announcement comes on the same day as Italy’s, as part of expanded EU sanctions announced earlier this month.
Ships already in Italian ports must leave immediately “after completing their commercial activity”, according to a notice sent to port authorities across the country.
The bans apply to all Russian-flagged vessels, including those that have changed their flag from Russia to any other nationality since February 24, the date of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The EU has imposed five rounds of sanctions against Russia, including a vessel ban in its fifth round. Leaders are still considering a ban on Russian oil, many European countries depend on it.
Contributor: The Associated Press