Seven dead as Russian missile strikes on Lviv, officials say

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Watch: Ukraine reports first civilians killed in Lviv

At least seven people have been killed after missiles struck the western Ukrainiancity of Lviv early Monday, officials said.

Plumes of thick, black smoke were rising over Lviv after the explosions which were witnessed by reporters on the ground.

Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi said seven people were killed and 12 wounded in overnight missile strikes

Lviv’s regional governor Maksym Kozytskyy said three hit military infrastructure facilities and one struck a tire shop.

Emergency teams were on site putting out the fiires caused by the strikes (Getty Images)
Emergency teams were on site putting out the fiires caused by the strikes (Getty Images)

Emergency teams were on site putting out the fiires caused by the strikes.

Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi put the toll at six dead and 11 wounded, including one child.

Lviv has been spared much of the worst-hit violence after Vladimir Putin declared war on the country almost two months ago.

The city is about 70km from the border with Poland.

Russia has been increasing its strikes on weapons factories, railways and other infrastructure targets across Ukraine to wear down the country’s ability to resist a major ground offensive in the Donbas, military analysts have said.

Russian troops are determined to capture the Donbas where Moscow-backed separatists already control some territory.

Their latest efforts comes after its attempt to take the capital Kyiv failed.

Watch: Smoke billows out from Lviv after reports of blasts

Zelensky said in his nightly address to the nation: “We are doing everything to ensure the defence.”

It comes after the Ukrainian President said the world should be ready for the prospect of Putin using nuclear weapons.

Speaking from the country’s capital Kyiv, Mr Zelensky voiced his fears the Russian president could also be prepared to use chemical weapons against Ukraine.

The leader called for more air raid shelters and more anti-radiation medicines.

Asked if he was concerned about the prospect of a nuclear attack by CNN, Mr Zelensky said: “Not only me - all of the world, all of the countries have to be worried.”

He added: “Chemical weapons... They could do it, for them the life of the people [is] nothing. That’s why. We should think not be afraid, not be afraid but be ready.

“But that is not a question for Ukraine, not only for Ukraine but for all the world, I think.”

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