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Firefighters battle a blaze after a civilian building was hit by a Russian missile Monday in Lviv, Ukraine. Ukrainian officials said at least seven people were killed and others injured when missiles were fired in different parts of the city.

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What Happened Today (April 17): NPR

Firefighters battle a blaze after a civilian building was hit by a Russian missile Monday in Lviv, Ukraine. Ukrainian officials said at least seven people were killed and others injured when missiles were fired in different parts of the city.

Joe Raedle/Getty Images

As Monday draws to a close in Kyiv and Moscow, here are the main developments of the day:

Missile strikes were reported in the city of Lviv in western Ukraine.which has been a relative haven since the start of the war on February 24. Ukrainian officials said seven people died and 11 people were injured after at least four missiles hit the city shortly after sunrise.

Russia has moved additional forces into Ukraine over the past few days, preparing for an expected offensive in the east, according to the Pentagon. Heavy fighting continues in several towns, including Kharkiv in the northeast, Izium in the east and Mariupol in the southeast. Russian forces have taken control of the town of Kreminna in Ukraine’s Lugansk region, according to a regional military official.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy officially submitted a completed questionnaire as a first step towards joining the European Union. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen visited Kyiv on April 8 and offered to fast-track Ukraine’s application for membership.

The mayor of Moscow has estimated that some 200,000 people could lose their jobs if foreign companies leave Russia or suspend their activities there. He said authorities had approved an aid package worth 3.4 billion rubles, or about $41 million, to support workers at risk of being made redundant with training, temporary jobs and other measures.

More people crossed from Poland to Ukraine than crossed the border this weekend — for the first time since the beginning of the war. That’s according to the Polish Border Service, which reported that 22,000 people entered Ukraine on Saturday and 19,200 left. The mayor of the capital kyiv and other Ukrainian officials have warned that it is not yet safe to return.

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Pictures

Russian airstrikes hit targets in Lviv, Kharkiv and across Ukraine.

Previous developments

You can read more Monday news here and daily recaps here. For context and more in-depth stories, you can find NPR’s full coverage here. Also, listen and subscribe to NPR Ukrainian state podcast for updates throughout the day.


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