Rocket attack in western Ukraine: Russia reports destruction of major weapons depot near Lviv – Politics

Russia has confirmed the firing of rockets at the city of Lviv in western Ukraine. A Ukrainian armed forces supply center was hit, Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said Monday evening in Moscow. The Russian army destroyed a large arms depot, which would have been used to store weapons from the West.

Konashenkov said the logistics center and “large consignments of foreign weapons that have been shipped to Ukraine from the United States and European countries in the past six days” stored there were destroyed in the attacks. The attack was carried out with “high precision missiles”.

In total, the Russian military said it destroyed 16 Ukrainian military sites on Monday, including a Tochka-U tactical missile repair facility. According to Konashenkov, an ammunition depot near Vasylkiv in the Kyiv region was also hit.

Rocket fire in Lviv destroys houses and cars

In the morning, the administration of the city of Lviv had already reported several rocket attacks. There were “five violent rocket attacks at once on civilian infrastructure in the old European city of Lviv,” wrote Mykhailo Podoliak, adviser to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, on Twitter.

A resident of southwest Lviv told AFP news agency that he saw thick clouds of gray smoke rising from behind residential buildings. “The Russians continue to barbarically attack Ukrainian cities from the air,” Podoliak wrote.

Rescuers are on their way to the scene, the city’s mayor, Andriy Sadowy, told the Telegram messaging service. Six people were killed and eleven injured in the attack.

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A child was among the injured, Sadowyj wrote on his Facebook page on Monday. He did not specify where the rockets hit, but said at least one civilian object was hit. This is a tire service.

In addition, the windows of a nearby hotel were reportedly destroyed by the explosion. People who fled from other parts of Ukraine before the war lived in the hotel. 40 cars were also damaged, Sadowyj said.

According to Ukrainian sources, five Russian rocket attacks hit the western city of Lviv on Monday morning. Photo: Ozge Elif Kizil/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Ukrainian Railways chief Oleksandr Kamyshin said rockets exploded near railway objects. Railway workers and passengers were not injured as a result, he added. “The station staff and railway brigades reacted appropriately,” he wrote on Ukrainian railway channel Telegram.

Transshipment point for arms shipments

Located far from the front lines in western Ukraine, Lviv has rarely been bombed since the Russian invasion began on February 24. On March 26, the city was hit by a series of Russian airstrikes. Among other things, a fuel depot was attacked, five people were injured according to the authorities.

Lviv is also considered an important transshipment point for arms shipments from the West. Russia had designated these arms shipments as a legitimate target for its own airstrikes and recently threatened to step up its fight against these shipments.

Lviv has rarely been bombed since the Russian invasion began on February 24.Photo: Gian Marco Benedetto/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

In another attack a few days earlier, the city was the target of an airstrike which hit an aircraft repair factory near the airport. On March 13, Russian cruise missiles targeted a key military base about 40 kilometers northwest of Lviv, killing at least 35 people and injuring 134.
Lviv, which is close to the Polish border, has become a haven for refugees. Western embassies were also moved from Kyiv to Lviv at the start of the war.

Zelenskyj: The fate of the people depends on the supply of weapons

Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is calling for people to stop hesitating to supply arms to their country. Given an expected new offensive by Russian troops, the delays are “a license for Russia to take the lives of Ukrainians,” Zelenskyj said in his daily video address Monday night. Fresh Russian rocket and bomb attacks were reported from the heavily contested port city of Mariupol for weeks.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, during a video message.Photo: Uncredited/Ukrainian Presidential Press Office/AP/dpa

Zelenskyy warned that the Russian army is planning an offensive in the industrial region of Donbass in eastern Ukraine in the near future: “Just as Russian troops are destroying Mariupol, they also want to raze other towns and villages in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

We thank the partners who help us. “But those who have the weapons and ammunition we need and who withhold their help should know that the fate of this battle also depends on them. The fate of the people who can be saved,” Zelenskyy said.

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He did not name any country. However, there had recently been a dispute within the traffic light coalition in Germany over the delivery of heavy weapons. Politicians from the Greens and the FDP had accused Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) of hesitation. Military experts assume that Ukraine will need many more heavy weapons in the east of the country to resist attacks. This is partly due to the open terrain without large forests.

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