The Russian military sent rockets that hit the outskirts of the Ukrainian city of Lviv. Russian troops took control of the city, the first city to be taken by the Russians. Lviv is known for being the place of residence of the workers of the defunct Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
Due to the number of Russian attacks, it is assumed that a truce between the countries will not be forthcoming. Joe Biden, the President of the United States, called Russian President Vladimir Putin a “butcher”.
The Russian news agency, TASS said that Biden’s comment would further damage international ties, in this case, Russia with the United States. The situation has forced more than 3.8 million Ukrainians to evacuate from the country, according to the United Nations.
The reported rockets hit 60km from the border with Poland, a city that had not previously been shelled. The region’s governor, Maksym Kozytskyy, said five people had been injured.
Mayor Lviv commented that an oil facility was damaged in the shelling, causing large layers of black smoke in the streets.
Lviv residents raised Ukrainian flags and shouted “Ukrainian Glory” as stunned grenades and bombs fell through the streets. Slavutych is in Russian possession, for the time being, it is located not far from the exclusion zone around Chernobyl. Event of 1986 where there was a nuclear disaster.
Despite the attacks, there are still workers at the plant. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) expressed alarm about the employees.
Mariupol has been one of the Ukrainian cities most affected by the Russians. Volodymyr Zelensky compared the devastation of Mariupol to the Syrian destruction of Aleppo in the Syrian civil war.