Five Russian cruise missiles hit western Ukraine city Lviv

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Around two hours ago five Russian cruise missiles hit Ukraine’s Western city Lviv. The train station and storage units were targeted.

Ukraine on Monday (April 18, 2022) confirmed that five missiles have struck its western city of Lviv and have caused multiple explosions.

Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi said on Facebook that five missiles struck the city and that emergency services were responding to the blasts. He said more details would follow.

Lviv, notably, and the rest of western Ukraine have been less affected by the Russia-Ukraine fighting than other parts of the country, and the city was considered to be a relatively safe haven.

Explosions, meanwhile, have also rocked other cities as Russian forces kept up their bombardments after claiming near full control of the strategic southern port of Mariupol. In Kyiv, a series of blasts was heard near the Dnipro river. Local authorities were yet to provide any official information on their cause.

Two people were also wounded in attacks in the southern region of Dnipropetrovsk.

However there are no statements from the Russian side published regarding this attack. But looking at the video and photos shared by users on social media it could be Kalibr cruise missile that hit Lviv.

A Ukrainian train station hit by Russian missile
A Ukrainian train station hit by Russian missile

Earlier on Sunday, Ukraine`s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy had said that eighteen people have been killed and more than 100 wounded in shelling in the past four days in the northeastern city of Kharkiv.

“This is nothing but deliberate terror: mortars, artillery against ordinary residential quarters, against ordinary civilians,” he said late on Sunday.

It is pertinent to note that after failing to overcome Ukrainian resistance in the north, the Russian military has refocused its ground offensive on Donbas, while launching long-distance strikes at targets elsewhere, including the capital, Kyiv. Capturing Mariupol, the main port in the Donbas region, would be a strategic prize for Russia, linking territory held by pro-Russian separatists in the east with the Crimea region Moscow annexed in 2014.

Russia terms its action a special military operation to demilitarise Ukraine and eradicate what it calls dangerous nationalists.

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