Russian Rocket Attack, 15 Miles from NATO Border, Kills 35: Ukraine

A Russian rocket attack less than 15 miles from the border with Poland, a NATO member, has killed at least 35 people, according to a government official.

Lviv Governor Maksym Kozytskyy said on Sunday that an estimated 134 were also wounded in an airstrike on a military training base, the International Center for Peacekeeping and Security, in Yavoriv.

The site is to the west of Lviv, the city in west Ukraine.

In a statement shared on his Telegram channel and translated from Ukrainian to English via Google, Gov. Kozytskyy said the Russian military fired more than 30 cruise missiles and claimed the majority were shot down.

But several missiles did make it through causing extensive damage and sparked a fire, which was later extinguished, the governor added.

Gov. Kozutskyy said in an update post: "I must say that, unfortunately, we lost more heroes. 35 people died as a result of the shelling of the peacekeeping and security center.

"Another 134 with varying degrees of damage are in the hospital."

The Yavoriv training center previously hosted NATO military drills and is one of the most western sites in Ukraine to have been struck by the Russian military, according to the Associated Press.

Newsweek has contacted the office of the President of Ukraine for comment.

Since Russia invaded Ukraine last month, Lviv had largely avoided attacks seen in other cities, and has become a destination for those fleeing west.

The attack on Yavoriv is one of several reported Russian military strikes within Ukraine that happened this weekend.

In a Sunday Facebook post, Pavlo Kyrylenko, the head of the Donetsk regional administration, said Russian forces had struck a refugee train in the north of the region.

The Kramatorsk, in east Ukraine, to Lviv train was damaged at about 12 a.m. on Sunday, he said, which resulted in one person being killed and another injured.

Ukrainian Railways said in a separate Facebook statement that one of its conductors had been killed and that the injured woman was being treated at a hospital.

The Associated Press added Russian soldiers had pillaged a humanitarian convoy that had tried to reach the encircled port city of Mariupol.

Should Russia take Mariupol and other targets on the Sea of Azov, it would give the country a land corridor to the Crimean Peninsula, which it forcibly annexed in 2014.

Injured Ukrainian soldier
A man wounded in this morning's air strikes at a nearby military complex is assisted by medical staff outside Novoiavorivsk District Hospital on March 13, 2022 in Novoiavorivsk, Ukraine. A seperate strike happened at the nearby Yavoriv military complex. Getty