Russia Hits Near Kyiv, Other City Despite Vows to Scale Back

Russian forces pounded areas around Kyiv and another Ukrainian city overnight, just hours after Moscow pledged to scale back military operations in those places.

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Sasha, 61, smokes a cigarette after being evacuated from Irpin, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 30, 2022. "I am so stressed right now I wish I would die", said Sasha to The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
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KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces pounded areas around Kyiv and another Ukrainian city overnight, local officials said Wednesday, just hours after Moscow pledged to scale back military operations in those places. The shelling further tempered optimism about possible progress in talks aimed at ending the punishing war. Russia did not spell out what exactly a reduction in activity would look like, and while the promise initially raised hopes that a path toward ending the…

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