Russian Attack on 'Safe' Ukraine City Kills 4

'There will definitely be a response to the enemy,' Zelensky says after Lviv strike
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 6, 2023 6:26 AM CDT
Russian Attack on 'Safe' Ukraine City Kills 4
People stand outside a damaged building after a Russian missile attack in Lviv, Ukraine, Thursday, July 6, 2023.   (AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov)

Multiple people were killed or wounded Thursday in the largest attack on Lviv's civilian infrastructure since Russia invaded Ukraine last year, destroying entire floors of a residential building that was struck and leaving the streets below covered in rubble. Four were killed and nine others injured, Interior Minister Ihor Klymenko reported Thursday, as emergency service workers in the western Ukrainian city searched the debris for more trapped people. Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky posted a reaction on Telegram, saying, "Unfortunately, there are wounded and dead. My condolences to the relatives! There will definitely be a response to the enemy. A tangible one."

Zelensky also posted drone footage that shows wrecked buildings from above. The third and fourth floors of the struck building were ruined. Ukraine's air force reported it intercepted seven of the 10 Kalibr cruise missiles that Russia fired from Black Sea toward the Lviv region and its namesake city around 1am Thursday, the AP reports. Mayor Andriy Sadovyi said around 60 apartments and 50 cars in the area of strike were damaged. Sadovyi addressed residents in a video message, saying the attack was the largest on Lviv's civilian infrastructure since the beginning of the full-scale invasion last year.

In the early days of the war, Lviv served as a main transit point for millions of refugees from different parts of the country that crossed the border to Europe. Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians from the east and south remained in the calmer and safer Lviv. Like the rest of the country, Lviv suffered power outages when Russia fired hundreds of missiles over the winter, aiming to destroy Ukraine's energy system. However, the attacks in the city were not as frequent as in the capital Kyiv, which makes Thursday's strike a shock for many in the city.

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