Civilians in Ukraine find few places to hide

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The Ukrainians rushed for cover when they saw and heard the approach of Russian forces. Some fled their homes to take refuge in what they thought were safe havens. Now they find that even these places are not safe.

Many families headed west and found refuge in the city of Lviv. But Russian forces also hit targets there. Their missiles broke the morning silence, hitting an aircraft repair factory near the airport.

Residents of Mariupol have heard such sounds time and time again. They have been under attack since the first day of the invasion more than three weeks ago.

Hundreds of people took refuge in a theater when it was struck from above. Many were buried under the rubble, but at least 130 people survived.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russia would pay the price. He said he is convinced that the invasion will destroy everything that Russian society has achieved over the past 25 years.

Russian forces were frustrated in their attempts to take the capital, kyiv. A US defense official said commanders appear to be suffering from shortages and struggling to resupply their troops. They decided to try to hit the city from afar.

Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared at a rally marking eight years of another Russian military operation: the annexation of the Crimean peninsula.

He reiterated that the goals of the current campaign are to end the suffering of the people of eastern Ukraine and the genocide being committed against them.

Putin said Ukrainian negotiators participating in the peace talks were trying to stall. He says they are making “unrealistic” proposals.

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