KYIV — Russia launched a missile barrage on Ukraine in the early hours of Tuesday, targeting the west of the country and areas bordering NATO member Poland. Areas to the east, close to the front line of the war, were also affected.
The Ukrainian Air Force said Russia launched 28 cruise missiles from the air and the Black Sea, adding in a statement that it managed to shoot down 16. At least three people died, and more many others were injured, according to Ukrainian authorities.
Missiles hit the city of Lviv, located just 80 kilometers from the Ukraine-Poland border, as well as the Volyn region, which also borders the NATO country. Dnipro, Zaporizhzhia and Donetsk in the east, and Cherkasy in central Ukraine were also targeted.
Tuesday’s dam is one of the biggest in Ukraine in recent times. Western Ukraine has generally seen fewer missile attacks from Russia than other parts of the country, although Lviv was also targeted last month.
Debris from the missiles damaged dozens of residential buildings in Lviv on Tuesday, regional governor Maksym Kozytskyy said.
“In Lviv, debris fell on the roofs of residential buildings…and started fires, forcing residents to evacuate. The roof of one of the local department stores also collapsed due to debris,” Kozytskyy said. Several people were injured, he added.
In the Volyn region, three people died and three others were injured in the strikes, Yuriy Pohulyaiko, the local governor, said in a video statement.
In Dnipro, a major logistical hub near the frontline of the war in eastern Ukraine, Russia struck an industrial zone, injuring a man and a woman. “During the massive morning attack, the defenders shot down seven cruise missiles over the Dnipropetrovsk region,” the local governor said in a statement.
Russia also hit targets in Donetsk to the east, as well as in Zaporizhzhia. In Smila, central Ukraine, Russian missiles damaged a local hospital and an industrial facility, leaving half the town without water, the local governor said.