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Russia launched a deadly missile attack on Sunday against a Ukrainian military base a few kilometers from the Polish border, bringing the conflict closer than ever to NATO territory.
Nine were killed and 57 others were injured in the attack which was carried out early in the morning and targeted the International Center for Peacekeeping and Security in northwest Lviv, located about 10 miles from the border with Poland, according to the Ukrainian Defense Minister.
“Russia attacked the International Center for Peacekeeping and Security near Lviv. Foreign instructors work here. Information about the victims is being clarified,” tweeted Minister Oleksii Reznikov. “This is yet another terrorist attack against peace and security near the EU-NATO border. Steps must be taken to stop this. Shut the skies!”
It remains unclear what nationalities are involved or whether foreigners were among the victims. Photos from early February show US Army instructors taking part in exercises at the base with Ukrainian servicemen, the BBC reported.
Regional Governor Maksym Kozytskyy said Russian aircraft fired around 30 rockets at the facility, although some were intercepted before hitting.
British Minister Michael Gove called the attack “a significant escalation”, saying: “We know that Vladimir Putin has no moral limits when it comes to the actions he is willing to take, and he pushes back against them. limits in military terms”.
The attack came a day after Moscow threatened to take action against Western countries’ continued arms supply to Ukraine.
“We have warned the United States that the orchestrated pumping of weapons from a number of countries is not just a dangerous decision, it is a decision that turns these convoys into legitimate targets,” the vice-president said on Saturday. – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov on the public television channel Channel One. .
Ryabkov added that there could be consequences for the West’s “reckless transfer” to Kiev of weapons such as anti-tank missile systems and man-portable anti-aircraft missile systems.