Russia continues its attacks near the Ukrainian capital of kyiv and fighting is expected to intensify in the east of the country.
The Russian Defense Ministry said on Sunday that its high-precision missiles had destroyed an ammunition factory in Brovary, near kyiv.
The mayor of Brovary said in a video message on social media that a missile attack damaged infrastructure in the city. The mayor called for calm, saying the damage could cause problems with water, electricity and gas supplies, but the city will work to restore essential services as quickly as possible.
The Russian Defense Ministry said its forces had destroyed 68 military targets in Ukraine, including anti-aircraft missile systems and fuel depots.
Russia demanded that the defenders of Mariupol, a key eastern city, lay down their arms at 1 p.m. local time on Sunday.
The ministry said Russia will spare the lives of anyone who lays down their arms. He called on the Ukrainian forces to decide for themselves, as Moscow understands that the kyiv headquarters will not order them to surrender.
The response from the Ukrainian side is not known, but fighting for the city is expected to intensify.
The British Ministry of Defense said on Sunday that Russian forces were continuing to redeploy combat and support equipment from Belarus to eastern Ukraine.
He added that although Russia’s operational focus has shifted to eastern Ukraine, Russia’s ultimate goal remains the same. He described the goal as forcing Ukraine to abandon its Euro-Atlantic orientation and assert its own regional dominance.