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Five missile strikes hit western city of Lviv, civilians killed, officials say

Air raid sirens are sounding again in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv after it was hit by five missile strikes, its mayor said. The strikes left six dead and eight injured, according to the regional governor of Lviv.

These are the first major strikes in weeks on Lviv, which until now has been seen as a relatively safe haven for Ukrainians fleeing the beleaguered east of the country. Just 70 kilometers from the Polish border, Lviv is a key city linking transport and shipping routes by rail – particularly, now, arms shipments from Poland.

—Natasha Turak

Mariupol resistance slowed Russian advance, but at ‘significant’ human cost, UK says

The stubborn Ukrainian resistance in Mariupol has “severely tested Russian forces” and slowed Moscow’s plans elsewhere, the British government said on Monday. But the human cost was “significant”.

“Russian commanders will be concerned about how long it will take to subdue Mariupol,” the official said. The UK Ministry of Defense said in an intelligence update.

The Russian siege of Mariupol came at “a significant cost to its residents”, the ministry said. Much of the city was destroyed and the mayor of Mariupol said last week that 10,000 civilians died there.

“The targeting of populated areas in Mariupol aligns with Russia’s approach to Chechnya in 1999 and Syria in 2016,” the ministry said.

Russia used artillery to almost completely destroy the Chechen capital of Grozny in 1999, and Russia bombarded civilian areas of Aleppo, Syria from the air in 2016.

“This despite assertions from the Russian Ministry of Defense on February 24, 2022 that Russia would not strike cities or threaten the people of Ukraine,” the UK government said.

A staff member at the Russian Embassy directed CNBC’s inquiries to the Russian Federation Ministry of Defense website, which is unavailable.

—Ted Kemp

Ukraine completes EU accession questionnaire

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen meets Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv, Ukraine April 8, 2022. Ukraine has completed a questionnaire which marks the starting point for the European Union to decide on Kyiv’s membership, said Ihor Zhovkva, deputy head of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s office, according to Reuters.

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Ukraine has taken the first step by applying to join the European Union and filled out a questionnaire to start the process, Reuters reported.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy received the questionnaire and the promise of an accelerated application process from European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen during her visit to Kyiv on April 8.

The committee must now assess Ukraine’s ability to meet the necessary membership criteria.

The next scheduled meeting of the European Council is scheduled for June 23-24, where Ukraine hopes to obtain the status of a candidate country.

—Chelsea Ong



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