Russian strikes intensify, striking Ukraine's west city of Lviv first time.

Kyiv - Another Ukrainian major city, located close to Poland's western border, has been under Russian attack. Black smoke rose for the first time over Lviv on Friday morning, as the capital Kyiv was hit by more shelling.

Russian strikes intensify, striking Ukraine's west city of Lviv first time.

The facility used for repair of military aircraft was hit by a Russian strike. Lviv is the biggest city in western Ukraine. It is only 40 miles from NATO territory, which borders Poland. The mayor of Lviv said that at least one person was injured in the strike which occurred just a few kilometers from his city's center.


 

In Lviv's heart, protestors silently protested against Russia's brutality towards Ukraine's most vulnerable. On Friday, more than 100 empty strollers were placed in rows on a central square to symbolize the number of children who have been killed in Ukraine since Putin's war.


 

"The lives and future of the Ukrainian children. Today, 109 empty strollers were placed on Rynok Square, Lviv, to show the world what a terrible cost we pay," Anton Gerashchenko (an advisor to Ukraine's Interior Ministry) in a post to the Telegram social media platform.

He shared a photo from the protest and said: "Ukraine fights for security around the globe, losing their children!"

The United Nations has confirmed at most 816 civilian deaths in Ukraine after Russia launched its war. Most of these deaths were due to airstrikes and shelling. This figure includes 59 children and the U.N. human rights agency admits that the "actual toll" is higher.


 

Charlie D'Agata, senior foreign correspondent at CBS News, stated that the incessant shelling of Kyiv continued to spread terror in the capital. As Russian forces intensify their attacks on the country, artillery and missiles continue to pound into once-thriving metropolis daily -- sometimes multiple times per day --

A second residential building was destroyed in Kyiv's suburbs on Friday. D'Agata reported that it's impossible to predict when or where the next rocket will strike.

The flames have engulfed Ukraine's second-largest city, Kharkiv, to the east. It is located close to the Russian border. Since Vladimir Putin's attack on Ukraine on February 24, 23 days ago, the city has been under constant bombardment.

A teacher from the American school was killed in the attack on Putin's Chernihiv city, located northwest of Kharkiv and still close to Russian territory. James Hill, 68 had been in the city to care for his partner Irina who was being treated for MS at a local hospital.

Katya Hill, a Pittsburgher, recalled the last time she had spoken with her brother.


 

She told CBS News that she could hear bombs in her background. He was searching for food on a daily basis. The hospital lost power. The hospital lost its gas. There was no heat... My brother was a peacemaker, a giver and just believed everyone should love one another."

"CBS Evening News" anchor and managing editor Norah O'Donnell traveled to the Ukraine-Poland border as Russia's invasion of Ukraine triggered the fastest refugee displacement crisis in Europe since World War II. O'Donnell shares firsthand accounts from Ukrainian refugees and looks at how NATO is preparing while Russia pushes the war in Ukraine close to Poland's border in the 30-minute documentary "Norah O'Donnell Reports: Crisis in Ukraine," premiering Friday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m. ET on the CBS News app.

In Kyiv, meanwhile, a man wept over the body of his dead mother. She was killed when fragments of a Russian missile, shot down by Ukrainian forces, rained down on their neighborhood.

Even if a missile misses its target it can cause havoc. D'Agata and his crew watched as the shell-shocked residents of Kyiv's suburbs gathered their lives and lined up for plastic sheeting. This would provide some protection from the bitter cold and the shrapnel.

It was clear that the Russian missile caused incredible damage to residential buildings in Ukraine, and it was stopped by its path. This is why many people in Kiev are afraid of what lies ahead.

Gayla, a Kyiv resident, told CBS News that even though her neighborhood was directly under fire, she continued to pluck shards from the window that no more keeps out the bitter cold.

She said, "It's okay, we won't frost." "Love warms us up."

Galya was asked if she had any message for people watching the destruction of her country from far away. There will be no more war. We hope that Putin wakes up to the fact that he is a human being and regains his brain.

D'Agata stated that there was one piece of good news Friday. Officials from Ukraine said that 130 people were rescued from the wreckage of the theater in Mariupol, a battered port city. It was unclear how many people were still trapped or how many died in the theater where over 1,000 had been sheltering.


 

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