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The Ukrainian government claimed on Sunday that Russia had destroyed several oil depots and food warehouses. The day before, bombings fell on Lviv, a large city in western Ukraine relatively spared so far. An agreement was also announced to evacuate civilians through two humanitarian corridors. Follow the day’s developments in our newsfeed.
• 11:35 a.m.: a referendum on joining Russia in Luhansk?
The separatist territory of Luhansk, whose independence Moscow has recognized, could soon hold a referendum to join Russia, the territory’s leader, Leonid Passechnik, said on Sunday.
“I think that in the near future a referendum will be held on the territory of the (self-proclaimed Lugansk, editor’s note) republic, during which the people will exercise their absolute constitutional right and express their opinion on joining the Russian Federation “, he said, quoted by the Russian agencies.
The pro-Russian separatist republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, whose independence Moscow has recognized, are located in the Russian-speaking Donbass mining basin (eastern Ukraine) and have escaped kyiv’s control since 2014.
• 10:41 am: the United States has “no strategy for regime change in Russia”
The United States does not have a regime change strategy for Russia, Secretary of State Antony Blinken told reporters, as Joe Biden claimed on Saturday that Russian President Vladimir Putin “cannot stay in power “.
“I think the president, the White House, just pointed out last night that President Putin has no legitimacy to wage war or engage in aggression against Ukraine or anyone,” Blinken said during a visit to Jerusalem.
• 10:02 a.m.: in the reception camps in Poland, doctors mobilized to prevent the risk of epidemics
The exodus of thousands of Ukrainians fleeing the war represents a major logistical challenge for neighboring Poland, but also a health one. In the reception centers, doctors are mobilized to prevent the risk of epidemics, explains the special envoy of France 24, Pauline Godart.
• 9:52 am: Russia targeted military targets in Lviv, according to Moscow
Russian high-precision cruise missiles hit military targets in Lviv, western Ukraine, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
Russia struck a fuel depot used by Ukrainian forces near Lviv and a factory in the city used to repair anti-aircraft systems, radar stations and tank sights, the ministry said.
“The armed forces of the Russian Federation are continuing their offensive actions within the framework of the special military operation,” the ministry wrote in a statement.
Russia used long-range sea-based missiles to destroy an arsenal of S-300 missiles and BUK anti-aircraft missile systems near Kyiv, the ministry said. Russian forces also destroyed drones, he added.
• 9:35 a.m.: 30,000 Ukrainian refugees arrived in France
About 30,000 Ukrainian refugees have arrived in France, half of them passing through countries such as Spain, Housing Minister Emmanuelle Wargon said.
On franceinfo, Emmanuelle Wargon added that the government wanted to be able to receive 100,000 people fleeing the war in Ukraine.
• 8:39 am: kyiv announces a new agreement for two “humanitarian corridors”
Ukraine and Russia agreed on two “humanitarian corridors” to evacuate civilians from frontline areas on Sunday, including permission to leave the southern city of Mariupol, the deputy said. Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk.
• 8:18 am: Russia accused of targeting Ukrainian fuel and food depots
Russia has started destroying Ukrainian fuel and food depots, said Vadym Denysenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s Interior Ministry, which means the government will have to quickly disperse stocks of both.
Speaking on local television, Vadym Denysenko also said Russia was bringing forces to the Ukrainian border on a rotating basis, raising fears of further military incursions.
• 8:02 a.m .: Russia continues to target “military and strategic” targets across Ukraine
The western city of Lviv was hit by Russian shelling on Saturday. While Moscow has claimed to now focus its military operations on eastern Ukraine, Russia nevertheless intends to continue to strike strategic targets across the country, explains France 24 correspondent in kyiv, Gulliver Cragg.