Russian missiles target Ukraine’s east, south; some civilians leave Mariupol plant

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By Hamuda Hassan, Jorge Silva and Natalia Zinets DOBROPILLIA/KYIV, Ukraine (Reuters) – Russia pounded southern and eastern Ukraine with missile strikes on Saturday, Ukrainian officials said, while some women and children evacuated a steel plant in the besieged city of Mariupol where they had holed up for more than a week. Moscow has turned its focus to Ukraine’s south and east after failing to capture the capital Kyiv in a nine-week assault that has flattened cities, killed thousands of civilians and forced more than 5 million to flee abroad. Its forces have captured the town of Kherson in the…

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