Five wounded in Russian strikes against a fuel depot in the city of Lviv, western Ukraine

LEOPOLIS, Ukraine — At least five people were injured in strikes that targeted a fuel storage facility near Lviv on Saturday, officials said, in a rare attack on the western Ukrainian city a months after the Russian invasion.

“There were two missile strikes in Lviv,” regional governor Maksym Kozytsky said on social media, adding that “according to preliminary data, five people were injured.”

The city’s mayor, Andriy Sadovy, said in a later message that “an industrial facility where fuel is stored caught fire” following the attack.

“No residential buildings were damaged. All relevant departments are working on site,” he wrote, urging residents to stay indoors until the overhead sirens have stopped.

Plumes of thick smoke could be seen in the city center and Lviv residents stood outside their homes to watch the dark, wind-blown clouds.

Kozytsky, the governor, added in a later post that he visited the scene of the strikes and that the situation was “under control”.

Black smoke and flames rise from a fire following an airstrike in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv on March 26, 2022. (Ronaldo Chemidt and Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP )

AFP reporters in Lviv said medical vehicles and fire engines were responding to the incident.

Lviv had been largely spared the violence, making it a hub for people fleeing cities that have come under fierce Russian bombardment for several weeks, such as Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine.

Two weeks ago, Russian forces fired missiles at a military training center near Lviv, which at the time was the westernmost target, and killed 35 people.

The town is just 70 kilometers (45 miles) from the border with Poland, where US President Joe Biden was visiting to bolster support for the NATO member, just over a month after the assault of Russia against Ukraine.

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