Russia strikes Ukrainian base close to Poland as Moscow expands offensive

Russian forces launched missiles at a Ukrainian army base close to the Polish border, in what seemed to be the westernmost assault they’ve carried out within the 18-day conflict.

A press release from the Lviv regional army administration mentioned Russian forces “launched an air strike on the Worldwide Centre for Peacekeeping and Safety”, which is situated in Yavoriv in western Ukraine.

“In keeping with preliminary knowledge, they fired eight missiles,” the administration mentioned in a press release. It mentioned it could launch further particulars in regards to the assault later.

The bombing got here a day after Russia’s deputy overseas minister Sergei Ryabkov warned that western arms convoys to Ukraine had been a “reputable army goal” for Russia. The US mentioned on Saturday that it could rush as much as $200mn in further small arms, anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons to Ukraine.

With the conflict in its third week, Russia is constant to topic Ukrainian cities to heavy bombardment, trapping 1000’s of individuals in shelters. Situations are notably dire within the port metropolis of Mariupol, which is totally encircled by Russian troops and has been subjected to intense shelling that has knocked out electrical energy and cell networks.

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“There are stories of looting and violent confrontations amongst civilians over what little primary provides stay within the metropolis,” the UN’s Workplace for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs mentioned. “Medicines for life-threatening diseases are shortly operating out, hospitals are solely partially functioning, and the meals and water are briefly provide.”

In a video handle to Ukrainians early on Sunday, president Volodymyr Zelensky urged folks to maintain resisting. “Ukraine will stand the take a look at. We’d like time and energy to interrupt the army machine that got here to our land,” he mentioned.

“I cannot underestimate the menace . . . so I say frankly: we nonetheless want to carry on. We nonetheless should battle. On daily basis and each evening we should search for methods to trigger most harm to the enemy,” Zelensky mentioned.

The ability focused in Sunday’s assault is a coaching vary in western Ukraine 30km north-west of Lviv the place authorities troops have prior to now few years carried out joint workouts with forces from the US and different western nations.

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Ukrainian troopers are additionally skilled to Nato requirements on the facility and have been taught find out how to use anti-tank missiles, launchers and different army {hardware} delivered to Ukraine by the US.

The assault got here two days after Russian rockets pounded a army airfield in Lutsk in western Ukraine, in an indication that President Vladimir Putin was widening the scope of his assault.

Ukrainian troopers apply find out how to use NLAW anti-tank missiles in January earlier than the outbreak of conflict on the Yavoriv army coaching floor near Lviv in Western Ukraine. © AP

Officers mentioned Russia had additionally bombed the airport of Ivano-Frankivsk, additionally in western Ukraine. Ruslan Martsinkiv, the town’s mayor, confirmed the assault in a Fb publish.

“In keeping with preliminary info, this morning’s explosions had been from an affect on the airport,” Martsinkiv mentioned.

“I remind you that the enemy’s aim is to sow panic and worry. The enemy can and can strike within the rear of Ukraine,” he added.

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