Ukraine war: Four killed in Russian attack on apartments in western city of Lviv

  • By Jaroslav Lukiv
  • BBC News

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WATCH: Lviv apartments destroyed by rocket fire

At least four people were killed when a Russian rocket hit an apartment building in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, Ukraine’s interior minister said.

Ihor Klimenko said another 32 people were injured in what the Lviv mayor called “one of the biggest attacks” on the city’s civilian infrastructure.

President Volodymyr Zelensky promised a “firm” response to the overnight attack by “Russian terrorists”.

The Russian military has not commented on the attack.

Mr Klymenko, writing in Telegram, said at least seven people had been rescued from the apartment complex, and there were fears many more were trapped in the rubble.

Mayor Andriy Sadovyi released a video showing broken windows in the stricken building, which appeared to have four floors.

Damaged cars and debris were also seen at the scene.

“Many apartments were damaged – more than 50,” the mayor said in a short video message.

Mr Sadowi said people had been rescued from the rubble a short time ago, but rescue teams were continuing to search as more residents were feared trapped there.

The mayor later recorded a new video address after the extent of the devastation became clear.

He said the roofs of several buildings were blown off and hostels of schools and polytechnics were also damaged.

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People watch as emergency services arrive at the scene

Meanwhile, Lviv regional leader Maksym Kozytskyi said “vital infrastructure” in the city had been hit. He did not provide any details.

Mr Kositsky said Russia’s “main goal is to destroy the people of Ukraine… but we will win”.

For months, Russia has carried out deadly missile and drone attacks on Ukrainian cities, often hitting civilian targets and causing widespread blackouts.

Last week, 13 people, including children, were killed in an attack on a restaurant and shopping center in the eastern city of Kramatorsk, near Russian-occupied parts of Ukraine.

Despite being hundreds of kilometers from the main front lines in Ukraine’s east and south, Lviv has also suffered Russian attacks.

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