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Sirens put Lviv on alert

Lviv’s mayor is telling the city’s residents to take shelter as air raid sirens ring out in the city.

The city, in western Ukraine, has so far been mostly sheltered from the fighting. A large number of Western diplomats, including Israel’s, moved to Lviv from Kyiv ahead of the Russian invasion.

The reason for the air raid sirens is not immediately clear, but Sky News reports that missiles struck an airport in Rivne, between Kyiv and Lviv.

In Kyiv, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky said the government had information that “subversive groups” were encroaching on the city, and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said it “could well be under siege” in what US officials believe is a brazen attempt by Russian President Vladimir Putin to dismantle the government and replace it with his own regime.

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told lawmakers on a phone call that Russian mechanized forces that entered from Belarus were about 20 miles from Kyiv, according to a person familiar with the call.

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