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Five hurt in Russian strikes on fuel depot in western Ukrainian city of Lviv

Mayor says residential buildings unaffected by missile attack, which came just as US President Biden was visiting neighboring Poland

Smoke billows from the Pidzamche neighborhood after explosions were heard in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, on March 26, 2022. (Marion Payet/AFP)
Smoke billows from the Pidzamche neighborhood after explosions were heard in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, on March 26, 2022. (Marion Payet/AFP)

LEOPOLIS, Ukraine — At least five people were wounded Saturday in strikes that targeted a fuel storage facility near Lviv, officials said, in a rare attack on the west Ukraine city one month into Russia’s invasion.

“There were two missile strikes within Lviv,” the regional governor Maksym Kozytsky said on social media, adding that, “according to preliminary data, five people were injured.”

The city’s mayor Andriy Sadovy said in a later post that “an industrial facility where fuel is stored caught fire” as a result of the attack.

“No residential buildings were damaged. All relevant departments are working on site,” he wrote, urging residents to remain indoors until air sirens had halted.

Plumes of thick smoke could be seen in the city center and Lviv residents were standing outside their homes to observe the dark clouds billowing in the wind.

Kozytsky, the governor, added in a later post that he had visited the scene of the strikes and that the situation was “under control.”

Dark smoke and flames rise from a fire following an airstrike in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, on March 26, 2022. (Ronaldo Chemidt and Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP)

AFP journalists in Lviv said that medical vehicles and fire engines were responding to the incident.

Lviv had been largely untouched by violence, rendering it a key hub for people fleeing cities that have been under fierce Russian shelling for several weeks, like Kharkiv in east Ukraine.

Two weeks ago, the Russian forces fired missiles on a military training center near Lviv, which at the time was the most westward target, and killed 35 people.

The city is just 70 kilometers (45 miles) from the border with Poland, where US President Joe Biden was visiting to shore up support for the fellow NATO member, just over one month into Russia’s assault on Ukraine.

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