A series of bombings in Lviv, western Ukraine, left at least seven dead and eight wounded on Monday (18). The city, the largest in the west of the country, is one of the closest to Poland, and since the beginning of the war has been the main departure point for Ukrainians from the country and the entry of humanitarian aid from Europe..
Thick smoke looms over Lviv, the largest city in western Ukraine, where bombings left six people dead on Monday (18), according to local authorities – Image: Reuters
The mayor of Lviv, Andrei Sadovoy, said in a tweet on Twitter that there were “five missile attacks directed at the city.” The bombing targeted military installations and a tire depot, which led to a large explosion.
The local governor said the missiles also reached an open field near a train station and some roads in the city, causing changes in local traffic.
The attack differs from the recent focus of Russian raids on Ukraine. Moscow has concentrated its forces in the east of the country, which the government of Vladimir Putin is trying to control. Lviv is located on the other side of Ukraine. In addition, the city is located only 80 kilometers from Poland, which is the main link with Western Europe. From there the main trains and roads connecting Ukraine with the neighboring country depart.
Men look at facilities and shops in Lviv that were bombed on Monday (18) – Photo: Reuters
Since the beginning of the war, Lviv has been mostly out of focus of the bombing, and has been the target of occasional attacks, such as One last month in which four soldiers were killed.
The city was also the scene of Continuing actions and protests against the war.
Russia has not yet taken a position on the author of the attacks.
In Kyiv, a Reuters reporter heard a series of explosions near the Dnipro River. Local authorities have not yet provided information on the causes.
Officials said the attacks in the southern Dnipropetrovsk region also wounded two.
On Sunday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that 18 people were killed and more than 100 wounded in bombings over the past four days in the northeastern city of Kharkiv.
Earlier, according to Ukrainian officials, five people were killed and 20 wounded when a missile and artillery fire hit the city center and the suburb of Saltivka.
“This is nothing more than deliberate terrorism: mortars and artillery against ordinary residential neighborhoods and against ordinary civilians,” Zelensky said.
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