KYIV, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Russia hit three industrial warehouses in a drone strike in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv early on Tuesday, causing a huge fire and killing at least one person, local officials said.
Lviv Governor Maxim Kozitskiy said firefighters extinguished the fire and that the 26-year-old man was taken to hospital. The city’s mayor, Andriy Sadovyi, later said the body of a man who worked in one of the warehouses was found under the rubble.
Emergency services said the fire had spread to an area of 9,450 square meters (11,300 square yards) after the attack at around 5:00 a.m. (02:00 GMT).
“I want to emphasize that these are ordinary industrial warehouses. Nothing military was stored there,” Kozitsky said on the Telegram messaging app.
He said Russian forces launched 18 drones in the attack and that 15 were shot down, including seven that were directly over the Lviv area.
The Ukrainian Air Force said that Russia launched a total of 30 drones and one Iskander ballistic missile in attacks on Ukraine overnight, and that 27 of the drones were shot down.
Reuters could not independently verify the report. Moscow, which has carried out frequent airstrikes against Ukraine since Russia’s full-scale invasion in February 2022, has not commented.
Russia has repeatedly attacked infrastructure critical to Ukraine’s defense, energy system and agriculture, but many civilians have also been killed. At least seven people were killed in July when a Russian missile hit a residential building in Lviv, which is far from the front lines.
Moscow has denied that it deliberately targeted civilians or civilian infrastructure.
Reporting by Lidia Kelly in Melbourne; additional reporting by Anna Pruchnicka; Editing by Christopher Cushing, Michael Perry and Timothy Heritage
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