Live Updates: Russia Expands Attack, Targets Base in Western Ukraine

Live Updates: Russia Expands Attack, Targets Base in Western Ukraine
Local officials said missiles hit a base near the Polish border. Russia renewed attacks on Ukrainian cities on Sunday morning after President Putin rejected pleas for a cease-fire.

Here are the latest developments in Ukraine.
LVIV, Ukraine — Russian rockets rained down across Ukraine before dawn on Sunday, including strikes on the outskirts of the city of Lviv that appeared to target a military base where foreign fighters including Americans were being trained.

The attack on the International Peacekeeping and Security Center in western Ukraine brought the war dangerously close to the Polish border, where the United States has dispatched soldiers to bolster NATO forces. The border is also a lifeline for Ukraine, with more than one million refugees escaping to safety in Poland while weapons flow in the other direction.

Russia warned on Saturday that arms sent to Ukraine would be considered “legitimate targets” for Russian forces. Only hours later, the United States defied Moscow by promising an additional $200 million in arms and equipment for Ukraine. Ukraine desperately needs them to defend against a renewed Russian advance.

Russian and Ukrainian forces are now routinely engaged in artillery duels and street-by-street battles in the suburbs of Ukraine’s capital.

Hundreds of people protested in the streets of Melitopol in southern Ukraine on Saturday over the detention of the city’s mayor, who had refused to cooperate with occupying Russian forces.

Attacks in two western Ukrainian cities pierced the sense of security in the region, which has been a safe haven for refugees, businessmen, journalists and diplomats.

The disarmament chief of the United Nations said the agency had no evidence of any biological weapons program in Ukraine. Russia had accused the United States of a plot involving biological weapons laboratories in Ukraine and migratory birds, bats and insects.

How we verify our reporting on the invasion of Ukraine: To cut through the fog of propaganda and misinformation on both sides, dozens of reporters, photographers, videographers, audio journalists, writers and others has been deployed to Ukraine and the countries bordering it to deliver real-time, independent, in-depth coverage of the conflict and its reverberations across the region.