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Russian Attack Sparks Deadly Blaze In Lviv, Ukraine

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  • Russia attacked Ukraine with 30 drones and one Iskander ballistic missile overnight, but 27 of the drones were shot down, according to Ukraine's air force.
  • Russia has regularly attacked important parts of Ukraine's defense, energy system, and agriculture, killing many civilians along the way.

Officials in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv said that Russia used a drone to attack three industrial buildings early on September 19. This caused a huge fire and killed at least one person.

Maxim Kozitsky, the governor of Lviv, said that firemen were working to put out the fire and that a 26-year-old man had been taken to the hospital. Later, the city mayor, Andriy Sadovyi, said that the body of a man who worked at one of the stores had been found under the rubble.

After an attack around 5 a.m. (0200 GMT), emergency services said the fire had spread over an area of 9,450 square meters (11,300 square yards).

“I want to stress that these are just normal stores for business. Mr. Kozitsky said on the Telegram app that there was nothing military saved there.

He said that 18 Russian drones were used in the attack and that 15 of them were shot down. Seven of the ones that were shot down were directly over the Lviv area.

Russia attacked Ukraine with 30 drones and one Iskander ballistic missile overnight, but 27 of the drones were shot down, according to Ukraine’s air force.

The story could not be checked by Reuters on its own. Moscow didn’t say anything right away, but it has often bombed Ukraine from the air since the full-scale invasion in February 2022.

Russia has regularly attacked important parts of Ukraine’s defense, energy system, and agriculture, killing many civilians along the way.

In July, a Russian missile hit a private building in Lviv, which is far from the front lines, killing at least seven people. Moscow has said that it does not aim for civilians or civilian assets on purpose.

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