At least nine people were killed in a Russian airstrike on a base where foreign instructors were helping Ukrainians just 12 miles from the Polish border.
Russian forces fired more than 30 cruise missiles at the Yavoriv military base near Lviv, wounding 57 people, according to Ukrainian authorities, as Kyiv warned that Vladimir Putin could start “provoking” NATO countries.
Foreign military trainers have worked at the Yavoriv International Center for Peacekeeping and Security – but it is not yet clear if any were present at the time.
Regional Governor Maksym Kozytskyy said Russian planes fired about 30 missiles at the facility, adding that some were intercepted before they hit.
Witnesses said they saw 19 ambulances blaring sirens as they pulled out of the direction of the base after the strike as black smoke billowed from the area.
The military training area – the largest in the west of the country and traditionally the site of joint exercises with NATO – is only 20 km from the Polish border.
“Poland condemns every element of the aggression against Ukraine, including the shelling of the Yavoriv base,” a spokesman for Poland’s foreign ministry said in a message to Reuters.
A high-ranking Moscow diplomat issued a warning on Saturday Russia could target Western shipments of military equipment to Ukraine.
The mayor of another city in western Ukraine, Ivano-Frankivsk, said Russian troops continued to attack its airport on Sunday.
It comes as Ukraine’s former chief of state security, Oleksandr Danylyuk, said he feared Russia could “carry out some provocations very soon” in NATO countries like Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
When asked about the shelling near Ukraine’s western border with Poland, he said Russia was attacking what it believes to be a possible site of “western military technical assistance”.
“They believe that in this way they could destroy or at least undermine the stockpiles of ammunition and military equipment,” he added.
“Again, that doesn’t mean they’ve achieved their objective and the logistics of this Western aid, as you understand, are top secret, but again that was the idea.
“I think it’s also (a) very clear message from Moscow that they are ready to attack NATO troops involved in these shipments to Ukraine.”
He continued: “I’m afraid because Russia obviously misjudges the reaction of the Ukrainians, and I also believe that the West can start some provocations in NATO countries very soon, probably in countries like Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.”
As the war enters its 18th day, shelling continues to rain down on Ukraine as Russian defense spokesman Igor Konashenkov claimed that 3,687 Ukrainian military installations have been destroyed so far.
On Saturday, Putin destroyed an entire CITY of 21,000 people in eastern Ukraine while his troops were accused of gunning down fleeing women and children and killing seven.
The city and administrative center of Volnovakha were completely wiped out during the annihilation of Russia, the regional governor revealed – while the battle for Ukraine grows bloodier.
Russian-backed separatists on Friday claimed to have taken the strategic city, which is the size of Truro in Cornwall.
Pavlo Kyrylenko, the governor of Donetsk region, said most civilians in Volnovakha had fled – but little was left of the city.
The battle for the capital rages on as Russian forces close in and brave Ukrainian soldiers plant tank traps in the streets to repel invaders.
But Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that the Russians could only take control of Kyiv if they “leveled it to the ground,” as Ukraine’s president confirmed that around 1,300 of his troops had been killed since the conflict began.
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