Russian forces launched multiple airstrikes on a military training center in Lviv, western Ukraine, and according to the region’s governor, Maxim Kozitsky, at least 35 people were killed and 134 injured. On the eighteenth day of the invasion, the bombardment reached the area – so far – least affected by the conflict. This came a day after Russia warned that it would consider any shipment of foreign arms destined for the Ukrainian military a “legitimate target.”
The United States and NATO reportedly regularly sent instructors to the attacked training center, also known as the International Center for Peacekeeping and Security, to train Ukrainian military personnel. Kozitsky said Russian troops launched more than 30 cruise missiles at the Yavoriv base, located about 30 kilometers northwest of the city of Lviv and 35 kilometers from the border with Poland. In addition, because of its short distance from Poland, the area was also established as a transit hub for those leaving Ukraine, while several foreign embassies moved there. On the other hand, the mayor of Ivano-Frankvisk, a city also located in western Ukraine, said that the city’s airport was the target of an attack. “According to preliminary information, this morning’s explosions were from an attack on the airport,” Mayor Ruslan Martsinkiv said on social media.