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Russia-Ukraine War: An Overview || The Most Important Thing Of The Night & Morning

The Russian army has increased pressure on the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, and intensified attacks on cities in the south of the country. Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy sees the first changes in the negotiating position of the Russian government.

The western Ukrainian metropolis of Lviv is said to have been hit by several rockets in the morning. According to media reports, there have been several explosions. 

According to President Zelenskyi, Kiev is preparing for a "fierce defense". The capital is stocking up on food and medicine, said Mayor Vitali Klitschko. 

In the port city of Mykolaiv, the Russian army shelled several hospitals on Saturday, an AFP reporter reported.

According to Ukraine, 12,000 Russian soldiers have been killed since the Russian invasion began on February 24. According to Zelensky, around 1,300 soldiers died on the Ukrainian side. 

The Russian military has apparently installed its own " woman mayor" in Melitopol after the city's mayor was kidnapped on Friday, according to Ukrainian sources. 

Ukraine fears a fake referendum in Kherson. 

US President Joe Biden approved an additional $200 million in military aid to Ukraine.

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Hundreds of thousands of people trapped in Mariupol for days are waiting for an aid convoy. According to one report, Russian soldiers had looted one convoy and blocked one. More than 1,500 civilians are said to have died in the port city so far.

According to the UN, almost 2.6 million people have fled Ukraine so far.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron called for an immediate ceasefire in a phone call with Putin.

Reports on explosions in Lviv

The western Ukrainian metropolis of Lviv was shaken by several explosions in the morning. According to media reports, the city was hit by several rockets . An air alert was triggered. People have been asked to stay in emergency shelters.

According to the regional military administration, a Ukrainian military base located about 25 kilometers from the Polish border was attacked. Eight rockets are said to have been fired. It is said that it is currently being determined whether there have been any deaths.

EU Reject Early Membership Of Ukraine

The explosions were also heard in Poland, as reported by a reporter from the dpa press agency in Przemysl. Lviv is only about 70 kilometers from the Polish border and until recently was considered a retreat for many internally displaced persons. Shortly before the start of the invasion, the USA had moved its embassy from Kyiv to the safer city of Lviv, but eventually withdrew from there to Poland.

Media reports: Russian military appoints new "mayor" in Melitopol

According to media reports, after the apparent kidnapping of the mayor of Melitopol, Ivan Fedorov, Russian troops have installed a new mayor in the southern Ukrainian city. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Fedorov was kidnapped because he didn't want to collaborate with the city's Russian occupiers.

Then yesterday, city council deputy Halyna Danilchenko was presented as interim mayor on local TV, according to reports from local media, CNN and BBC. According to the online magazine Ukrayinska PravdaShe announced that she would set up a "Committee of People's Deputies" to govern the city and "return it to its normal state" - apparently in the interests of the Russians. She called demonstrators against the Russian troops "extremists".

Military Convoy Broken Up – The Main Events Of The Night 

In his nightly video message Zelenskyj warned Ukrainians before collaborating with the Russians; he cited the change of power in Melitopol as an example.

Russia sends new troops to Ukraine, according to President Zelenskyy

Ukrainian forces have inflicted the heaviest casualties on the Russian army in decades, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a second video address late last night. 31 Russian battalions were put out of action . Now the Russian government is sending new troops to Ukraine, the president said.

According to NATO Secretary General, Russia could plan to use chemical weapons

NATO expects a further intensification of the fighting and the humanitarian emergency in Ukraine. The increasing number of civilian victims and the senseless destruction by the Russian forces was observed with horror, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told Welt am Sonntag. The people of Ukraine resisted the invasion with courage and determination, but the coming days would likely bring even greater hardship, Stoltenberg said. 

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