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Latest from around Ukraine on Russia’s offensive

Russian troops have been making significant advances in southern Ukraine but stalled in some other regions. 

Russian planes dropped bombs Monday night on the northeastern city of Sumy, damaging homes in residential areas, Dmytro Zhivitsky, the city’s military administration chief, said on Telegram. “There are dead and injured,” he said.

Ukrainian officials said Russian forces carried out airstrikes after dark Monday on oil depots in Zhytomyr and Cherniakhiv, two towns west of Kyiv. Officials said the strikes blew up 26 oil tanks and nearby residents were being evacuated.

In the city of Irpin, on the northwest edge of Kyiv, residents have been fleeing intense Russian shelling.

In the Kyiv suburb of Bucha, the mayor reported heavy artillery fire. In the capital itself, soldiers and volunteers fortified the streets with hundreds of checkpoints and barricades designed to thwart a takeover. 

Mariupol in the southeast is short on water, food and power, and cellphone networks are down. Stores have been looted as residents search for essential goods. Hospitals in the city are facing severe shortages of antibiotics and painkillers, and doctors performed some emergency procedures without them.

In Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, with 1.4 million people, heavy shelling has slammed into apartment buildings.

In the south, Russian forces continued their offensive in Mykolaiv, opening fire on the Black Sea shipbuilding centre of half a million people, according to Ukraine’s military. Rescuers said they were putting out fires caused by rocket attacks in residential areas. (AP,  AFP and Reuters)