Earlier in the day, Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksey Reznikov said, “Russia has attacked the International Center for Peacekeeping and Security near Lviv. Foreign trainers work here. Information about the victims is being clarified.” This is the new terrorist attack on peace and security along the EU-NATO border. Action must be taken to stop it. Shut the skies!”
Airstrikes on the Ukrainian military base Yavoryev in the country’s west near the Polish border indicate that Russian invaders are now targeting the western part of Kyiv.
The Lviv administration further said that Russian forces fired at least 30 rockets at the Yvoryev military base, which is about 20 miles northwest of Lviv.
Officials said eight Russian rockets were hit while the rest were shot down by Ukrainian air defense forces.
The Yavoryev training area is located near populated areas and civilians injured in the airstrike have been shifted to hospital. State Emergency Service personnel were at the Center for Peacekeeping, dousing the fire and removing debris.
Regional governor Maksim Kozitsky said the Russian attack took place near one of the two main roads from Lviv to Poland.
The target of the Russian troops was the International Peace and Security Center, a military training center where foreign forces have sent advisers and trainers.
Since 2015, the United States has regularly sent trainers to the Yvoryev Military Range to train the Ukrainian military and has also hosted international NATO exercises.
First published:March 13, 2022 at 5:26 pm