Parts of Ukrainian city of Lviv without power and water after Russian missile strikes

ITV News' Rebecca Barry reports as power stations in Lviv and an oil depot in Donetsk are hit by strikes

Parts of the relatively safe Ukrainian city of Lviv have been left without electricity and water after it was hit by the first Russian missile strikes in more than a week.

The attacks damaged three power substations and wounded two people, the mayor said.

No deaths have been reported.

Two pump stations also were without power, affecting water supply in the city, Andriy Sadovyi added.

Lviv - which is close to the Polish border - has been a gateway for NATO-supplied weapons and a haven for those fleeing the fighting in the east.

There have been a number of missile strikes around Lviv since the start of the war, with most of them hitting military or logistical targets.

On Tuesday, Russian Defence Ministry spokesperson Major General Igor Konashenkov claims Russian aircraft and artillery hit hundreds of targets in the past day, including troop strongholds, command posts, artillery positions, fuel and ammunition depots and radar equipment.

Ukrainian authorities said the Russians also attacked at least a half-dozen railway stations around the country.

Smoke rises above Lviv following a missile strike on Tuesday night. Credit: AP

A Ukrainian official said 21 civilians have been killed in the Eastern Donetsk region in fresh Russian attacks.

Of these, at least 10 people died and 15 were left injured after Russian forces shelled a coke plant in the city of Avdiivka, in eastern Ukraine, according to the regional governor.

"The Russians knew exactly where they were aiming. The workers had just finished their shift and were waiting at a bus stop for a bus to take them home from the factory," Donetsk Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said.

Russia's defence ministry also claimed that drones, missiles and ammunition supplied to Ukraine by Western countries had been destroyed after its forces struck a military airfield near the port of Odesa with missiles.

Reports of the attack on Tuesday came as the Russian military said its artillery has hit over 400 Ukrainian targets- including two fuel depots - over the last day. These claims could not be independently verified.

On Wednesday, Ukrainian officials and the United Nations held out hope for more evacuations from the bombed-out steel mill in Mariupol as scores of civilians reached relative safety after enduring weeks of shelling that targeted city’s last pocket of resistance.

On Tuesday's News At Ten, ITV News Global Security Editor Rohit Kachroo reported on the evacuees who escaped after days holed up in the dark in the giant steel plant

While the evacuees savoured hot food, clean clothing and other comforts that were denied to them while underground, Russian forces on Tuesday began storming the plant, where some Ukrainian fighters were still holed up.

Thanks to the evacuation effort over the weekend, 101 people — including women, the elderly, and 17 children, the youngest just six months old — emerged from the bunkers under the Azovstal steelworks to “see the daylight after two months,” said Osnat Lubrani, the UN humanitarian coordinator for Ukraine.

“We’ll do everything that’s possible to repel the assault, but we’re calling for urgent measures to evacuate the civilians that remain inside the plant and to bring them out safely,” Sviatoslav Palamar, deputy commander of Ukraine’s Azov Regiment, said on the messaging app Telegram.

He added that throughout the night, the plant was hit with naval artillery fire and airstrikes. Two civilian women were killed and 10 civilians wounded, he said.

Ms Lubrani expressed hope for further evacuations but said none had been worked out.

Hryhorii hugs his wife Oksana as they reunited in a reception center for displaced people in Zaporizhzhia. Credit: AP

In his nightly video address, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that by storming the steel mill, Russian forces violated agreements for safe evacuations. He said the prior evacuations are “not a victory yet, but it’s already a result. I believe there’s still a chance to save other people".

The assault on the Azovstal steelworks began almost two weeks after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his military not to storm the plant to finish off the defenders but to seal it off. The first — and so far only — civilians to be evacuated from the shattered plant got out during a brief cease-fire in an operation overseen by the UN and the Red Cross.

At a reception centre in Zaporizhzhia, stretchers and wheelchairs were lined up, and children’s shoes and toys awaited the convoy. Medical and psychological teams were on standby.

A man looks at his daughter as they arrive to a reception center for displaced people in Zaporizhzhia. Credit: AP

Some of the elderly evacuees appeared exhausted as they arrived. Some of the younger people, especially mothers comforting babies and other young children, appeared relieved.

“I’m very glad to be on Ukrainian soil,” said a woman who gave only her first name, Anna, and arrived with two children, aged one and nine.

“We thought we wouldn’t get out of there, frankly speaking," she said.

The first convoy of civilians to escape the steel plant reached Zaporizhzhia on Tuesday

A small group of women held up signs in English asking that fighters also be evacuated from the steel plant.

The arrival of the evacuees was a rare piece of good news in the nearly 10-week conflict that has killed thousands, forced millions to flee the country, laid waste to towns and cities, and shifted the post-Cold War balance of power in Eastern Europe.

In addition to the 101 people evacuated from the steelworks, 58 joined the convoy in a town on the outskirts of Mariupol, Ms Lubrani said.

About 30 people who left the plant decided to stay behind in Mariupol to try to find out whether their loved ones were alive, she added.

A total of 127 evacuees arrived in Zaporizhzhia, Ms Lurani said.

The first convoy of civilians to escape the steel plant reached Zaporizhzhia on Tuesday

The Russian military said earlier that some of the evacuees chose to stay in areas held by pro-Moscow separatists.

Ms Tsybulchenko rejected Russian allegations that the Ukrainian fighters wouldn’t allow civilians to leave the plant. She said the Ukrainian military told civilians that they were free to go but would be risking their lives if they did so.

“We understood clearly that under these murder weapons, we wouldn’t survive, we wouldn’t manage to go anywhere,” she said.

Soldiers are seen helping civilians leave the Mariupol plant

Mariupol has come to symbolise the human misery inflicted by the war. The Russians’ two-month siege of the strategic southern port has trapped civilians with little or no food, water, medicine or heat, as Moscow’s forces pounded the city into rubble. The plant in particular has transfixed the outside world.

After failing to take Kyiv in the early weeks of the war, Russia withdrew from around the capital and announced that its chief objective was the capture of Ukraine’s eastern industrial heartland, known as the Donbas.

Mariupol lies in the region, and its fall would deprive Ukraine of a vital port, allow Russia to establish a land corridor to the Crimean Peninsula, which it seized from Ukraine in 2014, and free up troops for fighting elsewhere in the Donbas.

But so far, Russia’s troops and their allied separatist forces appear to have made only minor gains in the eastern offensive.

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