By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
KYIV/MOSCOW (Worthy News) – Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky was to ask the Group of Seven (G7) of the world’s leading economies to urgently supply Ukraine with air defense weapons, as Russia again rained down cruise missiles on his nation.
The G7 held a virtual meeting after Russian airstrikes hit Ukrainian cities and infrastructure for a second day, including the critical western city of Lviv.
Smoke has been rising these days above Lviv, where its mayor Andriy Sadovyi said Tuesday’s Russian bombardments targeted critical infrastructures such as electricity facilities that saw power and water outages.
It came as residents here were still recovering from Monday’s massive Russian strikes. Officials said 19 were killed Monday in cruise missile strikes across the country, the most extensive air raids since the start of the war.
“There were 26 rockets coming here. It was chaotic. So I went to a bunker, and they showed me the bunker. I was there, and then I went to this bunker,” a man in Lviv recalled. “It was a unique experience.”
Another man agrees. “My morning didn’t start with coffee but with the longest air raid ever in this war so far. There were hits, and my frightened cat woke up with big eyes,” he remembered.
“So it was not a good morning, not a good day. But we still want to work and to live. Life must go on. So keep going, keep fighting. And hope for a better day tomorrow,” the resident added.
Besides Lviv, Ukrainians also woke up to the wailing of new air raid sirens in other parts of the country, which have been left without power. And authorities said the southern city of Zaporizhzhia was shelled again overnight, with at least one dead and buildings damaged.
People across the country were advised to stay as much as possible in shelters and not to ignore air raid sirens.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said previous strikes were retaliation for Saturday’s attack on a critical bridge linking Russia with the occupied Crimea peninsula. And he did not rule out more attacks.
However, there have been growing Western worries that Russia may resort to nuclear weapons following losses on the battlefields.
However, British intelligence sources say there is no sign yet that Moscow is going beyond its nuclear threats.
But with the war escalating by the day, concerns remain over what the future may bring in this armed conflict that claimed the lives of thousands and uprooted millions of people.
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