The New Arab's live coverage of the latest from the Russian invasion of Ukraine concludes for today.
Here were the key developments from Monday:
Seven killed in Lviv strikes
Five "powerful" Russian missiles hit the western city of Lviv, killing at least seven people and wounding eight, local officials say.
The attack comes as Russia hits targets across the country ahead of an expected campaign in the east.
Three killed in Kharkiv
Russian shelling in Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city, killed at least three people.
One shell fell on a children's playground killing a man and a woman while the other hit an aid distribution point killing one person and wounding six others, officials said.
Russians capture eastern town
Russian troops captured the east Ukraine town of Kreminna in a major night-time attack, local officials have said.
"The Russian army has already entered there, with a huge amount of military hardware...," Lugansk regional governor Sergiy Gaiday said on social media. "Our defenders have retreated to new positions."
Tycoon seeks prisoner exchange
Russian state television broadcast a video of two men it says are captured Britons, asking to be exchanged for Viktor Medvedchuk, a recently captured wealthy Ukrainian tycoon close to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Ukraine's security services then put out a video of Medvedchuk asking to be exchanged for Ukrainian civilians and soldiers trapped in the strategic besieged Ukrainian port of Mariupol.
Civilian evacuations paused
Ukraine said it is halting civilian evacuations from the frontline towns and cities in the east of the country for a second day.
"In violation of international humanitarian law, the Russian occupiers have not stopped blocking and shelling humanitarian routes," Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk posted on social media Monday.
Nearly 5 million Ukrainians have fled Ukraine: UN
More than 4.9 million Ukrainians have fled their country following the Russian invasion, says the UN's refugee agency, the UNHCR.
It said 4,934,415 Ukrainians have now quit the country, up more than 65,000 on the previous day.
'Russia wants to destroy Donbas'
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russia is seeking to destroy the region of Donbas, the country's eastern industrial heartland.
"Russian troops are preparing for an offensive operation in the east of our country in the near future. They want to literally finish off and destroy Donbas," Zelensky said.
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