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Russian missiles strike Lviv, injuring at least 5

Lviv, Ukraine, Mar 26 (EFE).- A Russian missile attack on the western Ukrainian city of Lviv on Saturday has wounded at least five people, local authorities said.

The head of the military administration of Lviv province, Maksym Kozytsky, reported the preliminary number of wounded and confirmed that at least two missiles had struck, although three large explosions were heard in the city.

The military chief warned of the risk of another missile attack and called on residents of the city and the entire Lviv region to stay in shelters until the alert is lifted.

The military authority said that the attack occurred at 4:30pm and came from the city of Kryvyi Rih, in the southeast of the country, where much of the fighting in the war against Russia has been concentrated.

The mayor’s office initially reported that there had been “three loud explosions” near the town, one of the main departure points for refugees who have been heading to Poland since the start of Russia’s invasion last month.

The explosions occurred northeast of the city, according to the official Ukrainian portal Ukrinform, although the authorities have refused to give more precise details on the exact location of the attack for security reasons.

Air raid alarms have sounded again in the city and the mayor, Andryi Sadoviy, also urged residents on social media to head to shelters as soon as possible.

Authorities have also asked the population not to share videos or photos of what happened online, reminding his followers that Russian intelligence receives “90% of its information” from social media.

In little more than a month since the war began, Lviv – considered the capital of western Ukraine – has remained distant from the violence, although it has been targeted in two other attacks: a missile against a military base in the outskirts where foreign fighters were training, which caused 35 deaths; and another one days later that struck the city’s airport, without causing any casualties. EFE


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