Ukraine war live updates: Russia launches new missile strikes; Moldova’s government collapses

Moldova’s Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita said Friday that her government was resigning following a volatile 18 months in power and an ongoing war at its border.

Gavrilita did not say whether the decision was in direct response to the war between neighboring Ukraine and Russia.

The announcement came shortly after the country’s defense ministry said a Russian missile violated its airspace and summoned its Russian envoy amid a fresh Russian assault on Ukraine.

Luhansk’s governor has warned that Russia is readying to launch a major offensive in eastern Ukraine and is trying to break defenses in Kreminna.

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Explosions were heard across the Ukrainian capital Kyiv Friday, with missiles targeting several high-voltage facilities across the country and disrupting power supply.

Moscow is launching another major offensive focused primarily on eastern Ukraine, with Russian military attempting to break through defenses close to the town of Kreminna, the governor for the Luhansk region said.

The southeastern city of Zaporizhzhia was hit with at least 17 missiles in an hour, according to local officials, while Kharkiv also reported about 10 explosions and said power had been cut in some areas.

Elsewhere, the Central Bank of Russia on Friday left its key interest rate unchanged at 7.5% per annum, citing stronger-than-expected economic activity trends.

That follows an announcement by Moscow that it would cut oil production by 500,000 barrels per day in March after the West slapped price caps on Russian oil and oil products.