Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi said several missiles hit an aircraft repair facility, but work at the facility had stopped before the strikes and there were no reports of casualties.
The Ukrainian Armed Forces say initial information suggests that Russia launched six missiles towards Lviv on Friday morning. He says the missiles were most likely air-launched cruise missiles launched from warplanes over the Black Sea.
Two of the six were intercepted by air defense systems, the military statement on Facebook said.
The attack will raise concerns that the Russian war may spread further west. Here’s what you need to know about the importance of Lviv.
About 43 miles (70 kilometers) from the border with Poland, Lviv is on NATO’s doorstep, so if attacks intensify here, they could have international repercussions.
Lviv has become a safe haven for Ukrainians fleeing other war-torn parts of the country.
It houses more than 200,000 internally displaced people in a city of just over 700,000, according to the mayor. They flocked to Lviv in search of relative safety, with many using it as a stopping point before heading to the border.
The wider region also serves as a crucial arms supply route for the Ukrainian military and a broader resistance effort that has thwarted Moscow’s plans for a blitz-like invasion.
Western Ukraine’s supply routes have become even more important as Russia stifles sea passages and lays siege to the south of the country. To the north is Belarus, which is home to Russian troops and was one of the launching pads of the invasion.
culture and history
Lviv’s Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the National Museum houses the country’s most comprehensive collection of medieval sacred art and rare religious manuscripts.
According to the city’s official website, Lviv was the site of Ukraine’s first mass actions in support of independence when communism collapsed.
On September 17, 1989, Lviv became the site of the largest demonstration in support of the revival of Ukraine’s independence, with 100,000 participants.
The Ukraine State Independence Law was passed on August 24, 1991, and hundreds of people invaded the streets of Lviv during the celebrations the next day.
“As an undisputed capital of Ukrainian culture, spirituality and national identity, Lviv has always played an important role in the development of democracy and in Ukraine’s struggle for independence,” the website states.
The city has also become the makeshift home for many media organizations and embassies, which have been forced to relocate from the Ukrainian capital, Kiev.