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Largest Russian strike on Lviv since war began kills 4 civilians: Mayor

Kyiv, July 6 (EFE).- At least four civilians were killed Thursday morning when a Russian rocket struck an apartment building in Lviv in the most “destructive attack” on the western city since Russia invaded Ukraine, mayor Andriy Sadovyi said.

The official said 10 Kalibr missiles, seven of which were intercepted, damaged 35 buildings, two of them “critically.”

Sadovyi said four civilians were dead but warned that a search for more survivors was underway.

He said 33 people were wounded, with 13 being treated in hospitals.

“There are damages to educational institutions, dormitories of the Lviv polytechnic, a large office center located nearby. 57 cars have been destroyed,” the mayor said.

Up to 1,000 residents may need temporary accommodation.

The affected were being transferred to hotels and temporary accommodation previously used by internally displaced Ukrainians.

The affected area is near the city center, a Unesco heritage site.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy tweeted a video of the attack aftermath, showing the decimated top floors of the affected residential building.

Zelenskyy vowed that there would be a “strong response to the enemy,” while offering his condolences to the victims’ families.

Charred cars surrounded the building, and a nearby modern office had all of its glass walls shattered.

“It was so scary. Although some of the explosions were likely the sounds of air defenses, it seemed as if they were happening right next to my house. The alarm activated in all cars. My arms are still trembling,” Alisa, who preferred to share only her name, told EFE.

Another resident, Dmytro, told EFE that his colleague and her daughter were killed in the attack.

Anti-aircraft alarms were activated around 2:30 in the morning in Lviv when the Ukrainian Air Force detected several missiles heading toward the western provinces.

With a population of over 700,000 people, Lviv is one of the largest urban centers in Ukraine.

Maksym Kozytskyi, the head of the Lviv region, said a “critical infrastructure facility” was targeted in the city.

“Russia’s main goal is the destruction of the Ukrainian people, but we will emerge victorious,” he added.

The overnight missile attack that rocked Lviv, some 1,000 kilometers from the frontline, has become the latest in a series of attacks against relatively less protected Ukrainian cities.

Some 43 people were wounded in an attack on Pervomaiske in Kharkiv on Tuesday, and three died in the Shahed drone attack on Sumy on Monday.

While air raid sirens sounded in Kyiv too on Thursday night, the capital has not been the target of a missile strike for at least a week.

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