Russia bombards areas where it pledged to scale back

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Mariya, a local resident, looks for personal items in the rubble of her house, destroyed during fighting between Russian and Ukrainian forces in the village of Yasnohorodka, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 30, 2022. Russian forces bombarded areas around Kyiv and another city, just hours after pledging to scale back military operations in those places to help negotiations along, Ukrainian authorities said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian officials say Russian forces pounded areas around Ukraine’s capital and another city overnight.

The attacks come hours after Moscow pledged to scale back military operations in those places.

The shelling further tempered optimism about any progress in talks aimed at ending the war. Russia did not spell out what exactly it planned to do differently. While the promise initially raised hopes that a path toward peace was coming into view, Ukraine’s president and others cautioned that the remarks could merely be bluster.

Ukrainian officials said Russian shelling hit “civilian infrastructure” in the northern city of Chernihiv and on the outskirts of Kyiv. Moscow, meanwhile, reacted coolly Wednesday to Kyiv’s proposed framework for a peace deal.

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