Russian forces encircled Ukrainian city as bombings continue

Russian forces encircled Ukrainian city as bombings continue

Russian forces have encircled Mariupol defenders but have not surrendered the crucial port city, Ukrainian officials said, as bombings and missile strikes were reported across the country.

Zelenskiy says that Russia's talks with Zelenskiy are at the end of the world.

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Ukrainian troops in the besieged city were still held at the giant Azovstal steelworks, one of the largest metallurgical plants in Europe. In Kyiv, air raid sirens were heard for a second day, while Lviv and Dnipro regions were targeted.

Pope Francis called for peace in an Easter sermon and warned that the conflict could lead to nuclear war. Ukrainian officials will be in Washington for the next week's meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank to seek financial support.

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Russian bombs and missiles have hit locations around Ukraine, including the western city of Lviv, according to officials.

Five missiles struck Lviv on Monday morning, according to the mayor Andriy Sadovyi. Regional governor Valentyn Reznichenko said that several rockets targeted the Dnipro region, with some hitting local infrastructure. The shelling of Kharkiv was reported throughout the night.

Bombing continued in the Donbas. The governor of Luhansk, Serhiy Haiday, said Russian shells are falling everywhere, and urged all civilians to evacuate via humanitarian routes.

As Libya's supplies were interrupted, oil climbed as Russia warned of the potential for record prices if more nations ban its energy. West Texas Intermediate was near $108 a barrel after rallying last week by the most in two months.

Oil has gone up this year as traders have shunning Russian crude, as the war disrupted an already tight market. The rally spurred the release of millions of barrels from strategic reserves to combat inflationary pressures.

Zelenskiy says at least 18 dead in Kharkiv Shellings 1: 47 a.m. Russian shelling in Kharkiv has left at least 18 people dead and 106 injured, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in a video posted to social media.

Kuleba Says Russia Wants to Finish With Mariupol 5: 30 p.m. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Mariupol's military defenders and a large group of civilians in the southern port city are encircled by Russian forces while basically encircled. The city doesn't exist anymore, Kuleba said on CBS. It seems from the way the Russian army behaves in Mariupol that they decided to raze the city to the ground at any cost. Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said on ABC that Mariupol hasn't fallen but a huge humanitarian catastrophe has taken place during the monthlong siege.

More than 10,000 civilians and potentially many more have died, according to Mariupol s mayor. The city has been cut off from humanitarian aid because of dwindling supplies of food, water and medicines.

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