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Live updates: Russia’s war in Ukraine


Live updates: Russia’s war in Ukraine

A building destroyed during a Russian missile strike in Lviv, Ukraine, on August 15.
A building destroyed during a Russian missile strike in Lviv, Ukraine, on August 15. State Emergency Service of Ukraine/Reuters

Russia’s missile strikes in Ukraine’s western Lviv region overnight wounded at least 19 people, including a 10-year-old child, and extensively damaged civilian infrastructure.

The attacks — which happen in the west less often than on the front lines in the east and south — also resulted in the hospitalization of five people, according to the head of the Lviv regional military administration.

Kyiv’s air defenses shot down one of the Russian cruise missiles launched at the western region, Maksym Kozytskyi wrote on Telegram on Tuesday. Six other missiles were not intercepted.

“Russians attacked our region with cruise missiles between 5:20 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. (10:20 p.m and 10:30 p.m. ET),” Kozytskyi said. “Fortunately, no one was killed in this missile attack.”

The youngest civilian to sustain an injury was aged 10, while the oldest was 72 years old, Kozytskyi continued.

“Most of the victims had scratches and cuts due to broken windows and bruises,” Kozytskyi said, adding that around 40 houses were damaged. 

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“Among them are six elderly people aged 62 to 75. Most of the victims were diagnosed with bruises, cuts, and acute stress reactions,” Kozytskyi said. “The most important thing is that everyone is alive. People are being provided with the necessary assistance.”

The strikes come as Poland holds its largest military parade in decades, in a flex of defensive muscle that comes as tensions rise on the border between the NATO nation and key Russian ally Belarus.

Elsewhere in Ukraine, at least three people died as a result of additional Russian strikes in the northwest and central parts of the country. The Russian Ministry of Defense said Moscow targeted Kyiv’s military industry.

“Tonight, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation carried out a concentrated strike with long-range air and sea-based high-precision weapons on key enterprises of the military industry of the Kyiv regime,” it said in a statement on Tuesday. “Target hit achieved. All assigned objects are hit. The military-industrial complex of Ukraine suffered significant damage.”

The Russian defense ministry did not comment when asked if strikes may have targeted residential areas. Russian forces have consistently denied targeting civilian infrastructure, despite evidence to the contrary. 

News Portal Space’s Uliana Pavlova contributed reporting to this post.

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