Russian cruise missiles target Lviv airport in pre-dawn strike

Mar 18, 2022: According to a report by AFP, a Russian missile attack on Lviv airport in western Ukraine has destroyed a factory, and damaged a bus repair garage.

Lviv mayor Andriy Sadovy said “several missiles hit an aircraft repair factory.” Adding that the aircraft repair building was destroyed in the fire, but operations had already been suspended and there were no casualties.

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian Air Force says that according to preliminary information four Russian cruise missiles, fired from the Black Sea several hundred kilometers away, hit the area.

Two other Russian missiles were reportedly shot down by Ukrainian anti-aircraft defenses before reaching their target.

Lviv’s mayor Sadovy said rescuers were at work at the scene of the strike. Earlier, he said the missiles had not directly hit Danylo Halytskyi International Airport, which is located six kilometers to the southeast of the city centre.

Though Ukraine’s airspace is now closed, in peace time, there were flights from Lviv to about 50 European destinations.

On Sunday last, the Russian army bombed a Ukrainian military base near Lviv although the city has been spared fighting so far, and has become a last staging post for many refugees fleeing west into Poland just a short distance away.

In the buildup to Russia’s invasion on 24 February, a number of embassies moved their operations from the capital Kyiv to Lviv in the west, as it was thought to be a much safer location. Several international media outlets are also using Lviv as a base of operations to broadcast news bulletins.

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