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Russian paratroopers land in Kharkiv, renewing attack; Russia claims to take Kherson

The Russian army claims to have taken control of the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson as Moscow’s invasion of the pro-Western country goes into its seventh day.

“The Russian divisions of the armed forces have taken the regional center of Kherson under full control,” defense ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov says in televised remarks.

Meanwhile, the southern city of Mariupol is without electricity after Russian bombardment.

In a key victory for Moscow, Russia’s defense ministry says its troops linked up with pro-Moscow rebel forces from eastern Ukraine along the Azov Sea coast.

Air raid sirens sound over the western Ukraine city of Lviv at around 10:15 a.m.

By 10:30 all was quiet again and residents were out in the streets walking their dogs.

There are no immediate reports of strikes in the city.