Ukraine war: Russia claims to have killed 'foreign mercenaries' in Yavoriv bombing

A Ukrainian soldier digs a foxhole in Irpin, outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, 13 March 2022
A Ukrainian soldier digs a foxhole in Irpin, outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, 13 March 2022 Copyright AP Photo/Felipe Dana
By Euronews with AP, AFP
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On Sunday, Russian forces carried out an airstrike on a military range near Lviv in western Ukraine, expanding its offensive closer to the border with Poland.

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The Russian military said it killed up to 180 "foreign mercenaries" in strikes on Sunday against the Yavoriv military range, a number that could not be independently confirmed.

Russian forces fired more than 30 rockets at the range 30 kilometres northwest of Lviv in western Ukraine, expanding its offensive closer to the border with Poland.

Video journalist Brent Renauld was killed in the Kyiv suburb of Irpin, while another journalist was injured, the Ukrainian authorities confirmed.

Moscow is trying to create new puppet republics in Ukraine similar to the two in Donbas to break his country apart, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his nightly address to the nation Saturday.

In another ceasefire violation, seven Ukrainian civilians, including a child, died when the Russian army shelled a humanitarian convoy of refugees near Kyiv and forced them to turn back, Ukrainian authorities claim.

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