Russian Air Strikes Kill at Least 3 in Western Ukraine

Russian Air Strikes Kill at Least 3 in Western Ukraine

(Reuters) – In a tragic turn of events, Russian air strikes have claimed the lives of at least 3 individuals in Western Ukraine. These strikes targeted the regions of Lviv and Volyn, resulting in significant casualties and injuries, according to official reports.

Yuriy Pohulyaiko, the governor of the Volyn region, confirmed that the loss of lives occurred in Lutsk after a business establishment was hit by the Russian air strikes. Lutsk serves as the administrative center of the Volyn region, which shares a border with NATO-member Poland.

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The impact of the Russian air strikes in Lviv was less fatal, with preliminary data indicating no casualties. However, the extent of damage is considerable, with more than 100 residential houses affected, around 500 windows shattered, and a kindergarten playground left in ruins. Andriy Sadovyi, the mayor of Lviv, noted that while many incoming missiles were successfully intercepted, some still managed to cause damage within the city. As a result of a burning apartment building, evacuation measures were promptly initiated.

A video shared by Sadovyi depicted the aftermath of the Russian air strikes, highlighting a crater in front of a multi-story building, shattered windows, and scattered debris, including what seemed to be remnants of a playground.

Missile strikes in west Ukraine kill at least three

Ukraine’s Air Force reported that their forces had managed to neutralize 16 out of at least 28 Russian-launched air and sea-based missiles. The exact number of missiles targeted at Lviv and Volyn remains uncertain.

Maxim Kozitsky, the governor of the Lviv region, had earlier indicated the incoming threat, mentioning “groups of Russian missiles” heading towards the region. The Lviv region, historically situated away from the conflict’s front lines and neighboring Poland to the west, had previously experienced minimal air strikes from Russia. However, a missile strike in July resulted in the loss of seven lives when it hit a residential building.

Media reports from Ukraine suggest that this recent attack marks the largest air strike on the Lviv region since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began in February 2022. While the severity of the Russian air strikes is evident, these reports are yet to be officially confirmed.

Air raid alerts were issued throughout Ukraine for approximately two hours, beginning around 2 a.m. (2300 GMT). Furthermore, the Dnipropetrovsk region in southwestern Ukraine also experienced the impact of the Russian air strikes, resulting in at least one person being wounded and a subsequent fire. This information was conveyed by Serhiy Lisak, the governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region, through the Telegram messaging app.

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