A Russian airstrike on a Ukrainian military base has killed at least nine people and injured 57 others

LVIV, Ukraine, March 13 (Reuters) – A Russian airstrike on Sunday killed at least nine people and wounded 57 others on a large Ukrainian military base near the Polish border, local Ukrainian officials said. Of war.

Foreign military instructors have previously worked at the Yavoriv International Center for Peacekeeping and Security. I don’t know if anyone was there then.

A spokesman for the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense told Reuters that the ministry was still trying to find out if any foreign instructors were at the facility during the attack.

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The military training facility is the largest in the western part of the country and has traditionally been the site of joint training with NATO, 25 km (15 miles) from the Polish border.

The Kremlin did not immediately respond to a request for comment on a missile strike near the border with NATO.

Regional Governor Maksym Kozytskyy said Russian planes had fired about 30 rockets at the facility and intercepted some before striking.

A Reuters witness witnessed 19 ambulances with sirens driving in the direction of the site following the strike and black smoke rising from the area.

“Poland condemns any elements of the aggression against Ukraine, including the shelling of the Yavoriv base,” a Polish foreign ministry spokesman told Reuters.

Ivano-Frankivsk, the mayor of another city in western Ukraine, said Russian troops continued to attack its airport on Sunday. No casualties were reported, according to initial reports.

Report by Andrew RC Marshall, Liv in Ukraine, Pavel Polyduk and Lydia Kelly in Melbourne, Additional Report by Anna Gopher in Warsaw, Lydia Kelly and Alessandra Prentice Editing by William Mallard and Francis Kerry.

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