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Live Updates | Russians fight inside streets of Ukrainian town

KVIV, Ukraine — A Ukrainian military official said road battles have begun with every one other accompanied by evacuation is impossible inside the town of Kreminna. That's one of only set of two spots where the Ukrainians said the Russians managed to shatter into and not here of on Monday down a front stretching for hundreds of miles.

Luhansk geographical military manager Serhiy Haidai said the town came under heavy artillery overnight, setting septet residential buildings on fire, with every one other accompanied by that the Olympus sports complicated where the nation's Olympic team trains was targeted.

Haidai subsequent said on Ukrainian TV that Russians took jurisdiction of the city following "leveling each item to the ground," so his guys retreated to regroup with every one other accompanied by retain on fighting. "It simply makes no indeed sensory power to stand inside one place, to die for everyone, lacking causing significant harm to the enemy," he said.

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KEY DEVELOPMENTS IN THE RUSSIA-UKRAINE WAR:

— 'No surrender': Ukrainians fight on inside Mariupol steel plant

— Russia renews strikes on Ukraine capital, hits other cities

Russia-Ukraine war

Live Updates | Russians fight inside streets of Ukrainian town

Zelenskyy: Russian insulting inside eastern Ukraine has begun

German bosses, unions jointly exist against boycott of Russian gas

Syrian fighters prepared to fasten following phase of Ukraine war

— Syrian fighters prepared to fasten following phase of Ukraine war

— Bosnians warn Ukrainians: It's a lengthy journey to justice

— Mother, grandmother weep over 15-year-old killed inside Kharkiv

Follow all AP stories on Russia's war on Ukraine at https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine.

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OTHER DEVELOPMENTS:

KVIV, Ukraine — Russian forces are attacking down a broad front, over 300 miles (480 kilometers) long, Ukrainian officials said Monday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin's forces were increasing assaults inside the Luhansk with every one other accompanied by Donetsk regions — both of which are small portion of the Donbas — while well while inside the area of Zaporizhzhia, they said.

"The occupiers attempted to shatter into and not here of our defenses," said Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of Ukraine's national safety council. "Fortunately, our military is holding out. They passed into and not here of only set of two cities — this is Kreminna with every one other accompanied by another small town."

He added: "We are not giving up some of our territories."

Russia too bombarded the relative protected from danger haven of Lviv with every one other accompanied by a multitude of other targets across Ukraine inside what appeared to exist an intensified provide to grind down the country's defenses.

Moscow said its missiles struck additional than 20 military targets, including ammunition depots, command headquarters with every one other accompanied by groups of troops with every one other accompanied by vehicles, while its artillery hit an additional 315 targets with every one other accompanied by its warplanes conducted 108 strikes. The claims could not exist independently verified.

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KVIV, Ukraine — Russia has begun dropping bunker-buster bombs on a Mariupol steel plant where Ukrainians are refusing to surrender, the leader of the Azov Regiment of the National Guard said Monday.

Denys Prokopenko, whose soldiers have been holding not here opposed to Russian forces inside the answer southern port city, said inside a video message that the bombs are dropping flat though civilians are sheltering inside the plant's tunnels.

"Russian occupational forces, with every one other accompanied by their proxy ... know concerning the civilians, with every one other accompanied by they retain voluntarily firing on the factory," he said.

Russia estimated that 2,500 Ukrainian troops with every one other accompanied by concerning 400 overseas mercenaries were dug in. The U.S. said almost a dozen Russian battalion tactical groups have been tied up trying to defeat them.

The head of the city's patrol police, Mikhail Vershinin, told Mariupol television on Sunday that numerous civilians including children are hiding inside the plant, seeking protection from Russian shelling with every one other accompanied by forces occupying other parts of the city.

Ukraine estimates that 21,000 people have been killed inside Mariupol. Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk warned Russia on communal media that refusing to not shut humanitarian corridors will justify war crimes trials. The Russians, for their part, said "neo-Nazi nationalists" have hampered evacuations.

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KVIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russia has launched its long-feared, full-scale insulting to lay clasp of jurisdiction of Ukraine's east,

"Now we tin by that hour dated condition that the Russian troops have begun the battle for the Donbas," he said inside a video address. Zelenskyy said a "significant small portion of the entire Russian armed force is now concentrated on this offensive."

The Donbas is Ukraine's mostly Russian-speaking manufacturing heartland inside the east, where Moscow-backed separatists have been fighting Ukrainian forces for the past eight years with every one other accompanied by have declared set of two self-governing republics recognized by Russia.

The Kremlin declared the capture of the Donbas its main goal of the war following failing to storm. After withdrawing from the capital, it began regrouping with every one other accompanied by reinforcing its ground troops inside the the orient for what could exist a climactic battle.

"No matter how numerous Russian troops are driven there, we will fight," Zelenskyy vowed. "We will protect ourselves. We will do it every one day."

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UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations' humanitarian leader said it seems "the hour dated is not completely ripe yet" to set up a cease blaze to obtain humanitarian assistance into Ukraine, nevertheless he held not here hope while the Orthodox Easter holiday approaches this weekend.

"Maybe there will exist some ripeness," Under-Secretary-General Martin Griffiths said at a report conference on Monday.

After traveling to Kviv with every one other accompanied by Moscow for high-level meetings accompanied by Ukrainian with every one other accompanied by Russian officials this month, Griffiths told The Associated Press he had sensed little trust in the centre of the adversaries with every one other accompanied by was "not optimistic."

Griffiths called for Russia with every one other accompanied by Ukraine to return to talks aimed at extremity the war with every one other accompanied by for "much, a a large amount of additional willing acceptance, primarily of the Russian federation, to permit convoys inside with every one other accompanied by convoys out."

"For now, let's obtain assistance to people where they need it," Griffiths said.

The U.N. says 12 million people have been uprooted by the war, accompanied by concerning 5 million of them pouring across borders with every one other accompanied by the relax seeking safety somewhere else inside Ukraine.

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BERLIN — Germany's employers with every one other accompanied by unions have joined with every one other inside opposing an immediate European Union ban on natural gasoline imports from Russia over its invasion of Ukraine. They speak a boycott would lead to works shutdowns with every one other accompanied by position of employment losses inside the bloc's largest economy.

"A quick gasoline embargo would lead to mislaying of production, shutdowns, a further de-industrialization with every one other accompanied by the long-term mislaying of labour positions inside Germany," said Rainer Dulger, chairperson of the BDA employer's group, with every one other accompanied by Reiner Hoffmann, chairperson of the DGB commerce union confederation.

Their join statement Monday to Germany's dpa report agency comes while European leaders talk over possible new vitality sanctions opposed to Russian oil, following a decision April 7 to ban Russian coal imports beginning inside August.

Ukraine's leaders speak revenues from Russia's vitality exports are financing Moscow's destructive war on Ukraine with every one other accompanied by must exist ended.

That won't exist uncomplicated to do. The EU's 27 nations obtain around 40% of their natural gasoline from Russia with every one other accompanied by around 25% of their oil.

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Ukraine rejected while baseless with every one other accompanied by incorrect the accusations made by Serbia's president that Ukraine's secret work is behind a series of hoax bomb threats opposed to Air Serbia flights to Russia.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has claimed that the overseas intellectual capacity services of Ukraine with every one other accompanied by an unidentified European Union nation are responsible.

The pro-Russian Serbian leader did not provide proof for his claim. Other Serbian officials alleged that the threats were actuality sent from Ukraine or Poland. Ukraine's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Oleg Nilolenko on Monday called the allegations false.

The Serbian national bearer is the only European airline apart from Turkish air companies that has not joined EU flying sanctions opposed to Russia over its war inside Ukraine.

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BRUSSELS — The European Union's top diplomat condemned Russia's "indiscriminate with every one other accompanied by illegal" attacks on Ukraine on Monday while the country experienced the most great missile strikes inside weeks.

Josep Borrell, the high representative for overseas affairs with every one other accompanied by safety policy, said inside a statement that the EU supports the labour of the International Criminal Court with every one other accompanied by other efforts to build sure accountability for anthropoid rights violations.

"There tin exist no indeed impunity for war crimes," said Borrell, who called for Russia to straight away cease hostilities with every one other accompanied by withdraw forces from Ukraine.

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WASHINGTON — The Pentagon says Russia has added artillery, ground combat forces with every one other accompanied by other capabilities inside recent days ahead of a new ground insulting inside the Donbas neighbourhood inside Ukraine.

A older U.S. protection official said the number of combat units known while battalion tactical groups inside eastern with every one other accompanied by southern Ukraine has grown to 76 from 65 last week. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to talk over inner U.S. military assessments of the war.

It's difficult to know at this phase of the war, nevertheless that could add up to 50,000 to 60,000 Russian troops, depending on how developed the groups are.

The official said that if Russian forces succeed inside completely controlling the southern port of Mariupol it could without charge up almost a dozen battalion tactical groups for use somewhere else inside the Donbas region.

The official too said that quartet U.S. cargo flights arrived inside Europe on Sunday accompanied by weapons with every one other accompanied by other materials, small portion of $800 million inside assistance announced last week.

The official said training of Ukrainian personnel on U.S. Army with every one other accompanied by Marine Corps 155mm howitzers is place to starting at an undisclosed location external outside of Ukraine inside the following some days. The U.S. pledged 18 howitzers to bolster Ukrainian forces inside the Donbas fight, with every one other accompanied by these trainees tin inside turn train additional soldiers inside Ukraine.

— AP Military Writer Robert Burns inside Washington contributed to this report.

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KVIV, Ukraine — President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has formally submitted Ukraine's answers to a questionnaire from the European Union, the earliest step inside his military operation to obtain accelerated EU membership.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said when presenting the questions to Zelenskyy inside early April that a preliminary decision on Ukraine's candidacy could go nearer inside weeks.

Ukraine's operate to fasten the bloc has been a provocative matter accompanied by Russia for years.

"The people of Ukraine are unified by this goal -- to be in touch they are an identical small portion of Europe," Zelenskyy said Monday while he handed set of two thick binders of Ukrainian responses to Matti Maasikas, the EU's envoy for Ukraine.

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SARAJEVO, Bosnia — Survivors of war crimes committed throughout Bosnia's war 30 years ago speak the victims of anthropoid rights abuses inside Ukraine tin learn from their experience, which was lengthy with every one other accompanied by painful.

It took decades to arrest with every one other accompanied by try the wartime Bosnian Serb leaders, with every one other accompanied by additional than 7,000 people still carry on accompanied by to exist unaccounted-for. But the U.N. war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia eventually convicted 83 high-ranking political with every one other accompanied by military officials with every one other accompanied by transferred a peak of proof opposed to lower-ranking suspects to their place of residence countries for prosecution.

The culpable were collectively sentenced to over 700 years inside prison.

Munira Subasic helped create Mothers of Srebrenica to request that bodies exist identified with every one other accompanied by those in charge of brought to justice. To date, almost 90 percent of those reported lost from the let fall of Srebrenica have been accounted for.

"Russia's denials of massacres its soldiers are now obviously committing inside Ukraine sound to me the same while Srebrenica genocide denial," Subasic said. "But if survivors are persistent, the truth will prevail."

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BEIRUT — Kremlin officials boasted early inside their war on Ukraine that thousands of experienced fighters from the Middle East would fasten Russian forces. Military analysts speak only a small number appears to have arrived inside Russia for training earlier to actuality deployed to the front lines, nevertheless they speak that could alter while Russia prepares for a full-scale offensive.

U.S. officials with every one other accompanied by activists monitoring Syria speak the Russians have been actively recruiting. Rami Abdurrahman leads the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. He reported that concerning 40,000 people have registered so a lengthy way accompanied by the Russian military with every one other accompanied by with Wagner Group, which is a Russian private contractor.

Rayan Maarouf of Suwayda24, an activist collective that covers IS activities inside the Syrian desert, said fighters were promised no indeed less than $600 a month. That's a enormous amount of money amid widespread unemployment inside Syria.

Analysts speak fighters from Syria are additional probable to exist deployed inside coming weeks, mainly following Gen. Alexander Dvornikov was named war commander. Dvornikov is well acquainted accompanied by the paramilitary forces Russia trained inside Syria. Though some question how effective Syrian fighters would exist inside Ukraine, they could exist brought inside if additional forces are needed to besiege cities or to build up for rising casualties.

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MOSCOW — Russia's President Vladimir Putin says that the barrage of Western sanctions opposed to Russia has failed.

Putin said Monday that the West "expected to fast upset the financial-economic situation, provoke panic inside the markets, the collapse of the banking system with every one other accompanied by shortages inside stores." He added that "the master scheme of the monetary blitz has failed."

The Russian leader spoke inside televised remarks throughout a video call accompanied by top monetary officials.

Putin noted that "Russia has withstood the unprecedented pressure," arguing that the ruble has strengthened with every one other accompanied by the country has recorded a famous high commerce surplus of $58 billion inside the earliest quarter of the year.

Instead, he contended that the sanctions backfired opposed to the U.S. with every one other accompanied by its European allies, speeding up inflation with every one other accompanied by leading to a let fall inside living standards.

Putin acknowledged a sharp hike inside purchaser prices inside Russia, saying they rose by 17.5% while of April on a year-to-year foundation with every one other accompanied by directing the management to register wages with every one other accompanied by other payments to alleviate the impact of inflation on people's incomes.

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KYIV, Ukraine -- Ukraine's deputy main minister said Russia tin exist prosecuted for war crimes over its non-acceptance to permit humanitarian corridors for civilians trapped inside the city of Mariupol.

Earlier on Monday, Iryna Vereshchuk had said no indeed evacuations were possible for the following day inside a row since of Russian attacks on civilian convoys.

"Your non-acceptance to not shut these humanitarian corridors will inside the future exist a source to prosecute all associated accompanied by for war crimes," she wrote on her Telegram with every one other accompanied by Facebook channels.

Vereshchuk called on one occasion additional on Russia to permit protected from danger evacuation of civilians from Mariupol, mainly the Azovstal steel mill, which covers additional than 11 marketplace kilometers (4 marketplace miles) with every one other accompanied by is laced accompanied by tunnels.

According to Vereshchuk, the management had been negotiating transit from Mariupol with every one other accompanied by Berdyansk, among other towns, while well while from the Luhansk region. The Luhansk management said quartet civilians trying to run the neighbourhood were report to demise by Russian forces.

The Russians, inside their turn, have accused the "neo-Nazi nationalists" inside Mariupol of hampering the evacuation of civilians from Mariupol.

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KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine's condition safety work has posted a video of a Ukrainian politician held on a treason ask in remittance offering himself inside exchange for the evacuation of Mariupol's trapped civilians, while set of two British men who surrendered to Russian forces inside Mariupol appeared on Russian media asking to exist small portion of an exchange.

The video of Viktor Medvedchuk, the former leader of a pro-Russian opposition communal gathering accompanied by personal ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, was posted Monday. In it, he appeals to Putin with every one other accompanied by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy by name to believe concerning the exchange.

Medvedchuk was detained last Tuesday inside a exceptional operation carried not here by Ukraine's condition safety service, or the SBU. The 67-year-old oligarch had escaped from house arrest some days earlier to the hostilities broke not here Feb. 24 inside Ukraine. He is facing 15 years to existence inside prison on charges of treason with every one other accompanied by aiding with every one other accompanied by abetting a terrorist organization for mediating coal purchases for the separatist Russia-backed Donetsk republic inside eastern Ukraine.

The British men identified themselves while Sean Pinner with every one other accompanied by Aiden Aslin. In one video, Pinner asked British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to exist exchanged. Pinner had deep circles beneath his eyes with every one other accompanied by appeared exhausted, nevertheless said he with every one other accompanied by Aslin had been treated appropriately.

Ukrainian officials have said Kyiv wants try Medvedchuk with every one other accompanied by ultimately exchange him for Ukrainian prisoners.

The circumstances of the videos were unclear. The set of two videos were released within an hour of every one other.

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ROME — Italian officials will go ahead accompanied by an energy-deal trip to Africa this week while small portion of Premier Mario Draghi's efforts to fast lessen the country's heavy reliance of Russian gas, nevertheless he won't exist going since he has tested positive for COVID-19.

The premier's office, announcing the infection, said on Monday that Draghi has no indeed symptoms. The task to Angola with every one other accompanied by Congo, place for Wednesday with every one other accompanied by Thursday, will while an alternative see the management represented by its ministers of overseas affairs with every one other accompanied by of ecological transition.

Italy buys almost 40% of its gasoline from Russia. Draghi is determined to drastically lessen that reliance inside the following set of two or trio years, inside large small portion by sealing deals accompanied by other vitality producing countries. Draghi not long ago traveled to Algeria to build such an accord while small portion of the strategy.

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MADRID -- Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez says Spain will reopen its embassy inside the Ukrainian first city Kyiv inside a few days.

Following similar decisions by some European neighbors, Sánchez said the reopening will "show on one occasion additional the commitment of the Spanish management with every one other accompanied by Spanish people accompanied by the Ukrainian people."

"Spain is accompanied by Ukraine with every one other accompanied by we are opposed to (Russian President Vladimir) Putin," Sánchez said inside an meeting on Spain's Antena 3 television. "This is a war by Putin opposed to what the European Union stands for."

Spain closed the embassy within hours of the Russian invasion on Feb. 24.

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KYIV, Ukraine — Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi said septet people were killed with every one other accompanied by another 11, including a child, were wounded by Russian strikes inside the western Ukrainian city.

Plumes of thick black smoulder were seen by Associated Press journalists inside Lviv, rising over the city amid multiple explosions believed to exist caused by missiles strikes.

Lviv Regional Governor Maksym Kozytskyy said there were quartet Russian missile strikes, trio of which hit military infrastructure facilities with every one other accompanied by one struck a tire shop. He said crisis teams were putting not here the fires.

Oleksandr Kamyshin, the chairperson of the Ukrainian objection strongly at service, said the strikes hit near railway facilities. He said train vehicles has resumed accompanied by some delays, with every one other accompanied by he vowed to reinstate the damaged network.

Lviv with every one other accompanied by the relax of western Ukraine has been less affected by the fighting than other parts of the country, with every one other accompanied by is considered to exist a relatively protected from danger haven.

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MOSCOW — The Russian military says it has struck over 20 Ukrainian military targets accompanied by missiles.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Monday that precision-guided air-launched missiles destroyed 16 military facilities, including five command headquarters, a fuel depot, trio ammunition depots with every one other accompanied by concentrations of Ukrainian military vehicles with every one other accompanied by personnel inside the Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia with every one other accompanied by Dnipro regions.

Konashenkov said the military too fired Iskander land-based missiles to demolish quartet ammunition depots with every one other accompanied by trio groups of Ukrainian troops near Popasna with every one other accompanied by Kramatorsk inside the the orient with every one other accompanied by Yampil inside centre Ukraine.

He said that the military used artillery to hit 315 Ukrainian targets, with every one other accompanied by Russian warplanes performed 108 strikes targeting Ukrainian troops with every one other accompanied by military equipment.

Konashenkov's claims couldn't exist independently verified.

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LONDON — Britain's protection management dividing says the continuing siege of Mariupol is tying up Russian forces with every one other accompanied by slowing its go forward ahead of a planned greatest insulting inside eastern Ukraine.

In a done every one day intellectual capacity update, Britain's military says "concerted Ukrainian resistance has severely tested Russian forces with every one other accompanied by diverted men with every one other accompanied by materiel, slowing Russia's go forward elsewhere."

The Sea of Azov port city has been devastated inside weeks of Russian pummeling. Britain says "large areas of infrastructure have been destroyed" with every one other accompanied by there are "significant" civilian casualties.

Britain accuses Russia of using tactics of all-out war on civilian areas similar to its attacks inside Chechnya with every one other accompanied by Syria, in malice of Russian claims at the begin of its invasion "that Russia would neither strike cities nor threaten the Ukrainian population."

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LVIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russian troops inside southern Ukraine have been carrying not here torture with every one other accompanied by kidnappings, with every one other accompanied by he called on the world Sunday to respond.

"Torture chambers are built there," Zelenskyy said inside an evening address to the nation. "They abduct representatives of local governments with every one other accompanied by anyone deemed perceptible to local communities."

Zelenskyy said humanitarian assistance has been stolen, creating famine.

In occupied parts of the Kherson with every one other accompanied by Zaporizhzhia regions, he said, the Russians are creating separatist states with every one other accompanied by introducing Russian currency, the ruble. Intensified Russian shelling of Ukraine's second-largest city, Kharkiv, has killed 18 people with every one other accompanied by wounded 106 inside the last quartet days alone, Zelenskyy said.

"This is nothing nevertheless deliberate terror. Mortars, artillery opposed to usual residential neighborhoods, opposed to usual civilians," he said.

He said a planned Russian insulting inside eastern Ukraine "will starting inside the near future."

Zelensky on one occasion additional called for increased sanctions opposed to Russia targeting its entire banking sector with every one other accompanied by lubricant industry.

"Everyone inside Europe with every one other accompanied by America by that hour dated sees Russia publicly using vitality to destabilize Western societies," Zelenskyy said. "All of this requires greater rate from Western countries inside preparing a new, strong package of sanctions."

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