Russian missiles hit near the airport in Lviv when explosions were also heard in Kiev

An aircraft maintenance facility near an international airport was hit by a Russian airstrike on Friday morning the western Ukrainian city of Lvivaccording to the city mayor.

The area which had been considered a sanctuary for refugees and arranging the humanitarian response, had largely been spared from Russia’s military offensive in the first three weeks of the war.

After reports that the airport had been hit this morning when air raid sirens sounded and thick smoke was seen wave in its direction, Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi said it. Telegram that a building next door had been hit.

“It is certainly not an airport,” he wrote, adding that no casualties have been reported so far.

Smoke is seen rising from the aircraft maintenance facility near Lviv International Airport on Friday morning (Abdullah Tevge / Anadolu Agency / Getty)

Sadovyi said active work at the facility had been halted while rescue workers were currently on site.

The shelling is far away from the main combat zones in Ukraine, with Russia’s military offensive so far mainly focused on the eastern, northern, southern and central regions.

Many of those displaced by the war had used Lviv, located 70 km from the Polish border, as an important stopover on their journey out of the country given the relative security of the area.

It had also been used as a hub to secure the passage of both humanitarian and military supplies to the country.

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But five days ago airstrikes hit a military training facility in Yavoriv30 km from Lviv, killed at least 35 people and injured 134 others.

A Russian missile also hit a residential building in the northern part of capital of Kiev Friday morning, the emergency services inform.

One person was killed and four were injured, while 98 people were evacuated from the five-story building.

The latest intelligence report from the British Ministry of Defense said Russian forces had made “minimal progress” this week.

“Ukrainian forces around Kiev and Mykolaiv continue to frustrate Russian attempts to surround the cities,” it said.

“The cities of Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Sumy and Mariupol remain surrounded and subjected to heavy Russian shelling.”

According to UN estimates, the number of refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine has exceeded 3.2 million.

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