Ten hits in a row, the ground trembled, the residents of Lviv (717,000 inhabitants) again spent hours in the air-raid shelters: The massive attack was aimed at a military facility in the Yavoriv district on the border with Poland, wrote the local military chief Maxim Kositskiy in his news channel im Chat service Telegram.
Mayor Andriy Sadoviy stressed that there was no confirmed information about rocket hits in the city and thanked the air defense. In mid-March, a Russian airstrike hit the military training area in Javoriv, killing 35 people according to Ukrainian sources. In Yavoriv, Ukrainian soldiers had trained with Western instructors in recent years.
The Russian armed forces know the strategic value of Lviv: A significant part of the NATO supplies to the Ukrainian army are handled here, and foreign volunteers are also trained in barracks on the outskirts.
The impact of “Kalibr” cruise missiles so close to the Polish border, i.e. close to the NATO zone, can also be interpreted as a political warning: after all, both Sweden and Finland have announced that they want to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.