Conflicts & War

At least 6 killed in Kyiv shopping mall bombing

Lviv, Ukraine, Mar 21 (EFE).- At least six people died as Russian forces bombed of a shopping center in Kyiv, the Center for Strategic Communications and Information Security, under the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine, said Monday.

The main department of the State Emergency Service in Kyiv had initially reported four dead and one injured.

At 10:48 pm on Sunday, the emergency services were alerted about a fire in the parking lot of the shopping center after the Russian attack.

Eleven units and 63 troops took part in extinguishing it.

Meanwhile, the latest update by the United Kingdom’s military intelligence on Monday said that “heavy fighting” between Russians and Ukrainians was taking place north of Kyiv, which remains Russia’s “primary military objective” despite the “continued lack of progress.”

“Russian forces advancing on the city from the north-east have stalled,” said the report, posted on the UK’s defense ministry’s Twitter account.

“Forces advancing from the direction of Hostomel to the north-west have been repulsed by fierce Ukrainian resistance. The bulk of Russian forces remain more than 25 kilometers from the center of the city,” it added.

The update also said that “despite the continued lack of progress, Kyiv remains Russia’s primary military target and they are likely to prioritize attempting to encircle the city over the coming weeks.”

In its previous report on Sunday, the British military intelligence had said that Russian naval forces were continuing to blockade the Ukrainian coast and launch missile attacks on targets across the country.

This blockade “is likely to exacerbate the humanitarian situation in Ukraine, preventing vital supplies reaching the population,” it added. EFE


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