Major Ukrainian cities face siege from Russian invasion | USA TODAY

Casualties are climbing on both sides as Russia’s ferocious assault on Ukraine entered a second week.

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Russia acknowledged that nearly 500 of its troops have been killed in the fighting and about 1,600 wounded. Ukraine, which has not released casualty figures for its own armed forces, has estimated Russian troop losses at up to 9,000.

Ukraine’s State Emergency Service has said more than 2,000 civilians have died, though it was impossible to verify the claim. The U.N. human rights office said it had recorded 227 deaths, including 15 under the age of 18, and 525 injured, since the start of the invasion on Feb. 24.

Meanwhile, most of Ukraine’s major cities are under siege. Gov. Hennadiy Lahutasays the government building in the Black Sea port city of Kherson was seized by Russian troops while Russia said its troops had captured the city of 300,000 people. Troops were also bearing down on Mykolaiev, 40 miles to the northwest and home to almost half a million Ukrainians, The New York Times reported.

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