On the night of July 6, the Russian military launched a strike on Lviv, the largest attack on the city since the start of the war, the city's mayor says. The Ukrainian military reported that Kalibr missiles launched from the Black Sea hit the city. As a result of the attack, the third and fourth floors in three entrances of a residential building were partially destroyed. At the time of writing, it is known about five dead, many people remain under the rubble of an apartment building. 36 were injured, 7 were rescued, 64 were evacuated. A two-day mourning was declared in Lviv.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine managed to destroy seven out of 10 Kalibr cruise missiles, the military department said in a statement. The remaining three hit civilian targets in Lvov. The Russian Defense Ministry said that the target of the attack on Lvov was "Western equipment and militants on the territory of the military academy." Propaganda RIA Novosti writes that there were “with a high degree of probability British Challenger tanks” on the territory of the academy. The barracks with 800 military personnel were also allegedly hit.
Meanwhile, the removal of the rubble under which people remain continues. According to the State Service of Ukraine for Emergency Situations (GSChS), by 18:00 Kyiv time, 140 cubic meters of fragments of building structures were removed, about 43% of the rubble was dismantled. 9 tents have been deployed to accommodate and feed the victims, provide them with psychological assistance, of which two are from the State Emergency Service. Psychologists provided assistance to 307 people. 258 rescuers and 40 pieces of equipment were involved in the work from the State Emergency Service.
Lvov Mayor Andriy Sadovyi reported at night that fragments of a Russian rocket fell on the house, but the head of the regional military administration, Maxim Kozitsky, says it was a direct hit. The prosecutor's office adheres to the same version. In total, according to the mayor, 35 houses were damaged in the city.
How is the city dealing with the incident?
Of those who died, the youngest was a 21-year-old girl. The oldest is a 95-year-old woman who survived the Second World War. Those who survived tell reporters and on social networks how they managed to escape and what they witnessed. The locals say that they immediately ran out of the house and took everything that was at hand, saved the animals. People say the explosion occurred within minutes of the alarm going off.
“There was no gap at all, if there was still some gap, but here you literally didn’t have time to run out, I immediately hear flashes, flashes and immediately an explosion,” says Victoria Zinik from Lviv.
“I did not have time to gather in the bomb shelter, because everything happened suddenly, very quickly. All I managed to do was hide in the corridor between two walls, and the dog was sitting next to me. My windows were completely broken, all the glass,” says Irina Shevchenko.
“I ran to the window because there was a cat. I wanted to pick it up,” local resident Anna Fedorenko, who was near the impact site, told reporters. - And that's it, I was hit, I fell. The explosion was so powerful. The first time there was a buzz, we were about to go for cover. And the second time it hit - and that's it. Didn't get anywhere. The explosion, everything, and I immediately fell down, the windows flew out, and the children were in the corridor, the grandchildren. Cuts here, on the hands.
Many offers of help appeared on Lviv's social networks. People write that they are ready to give lodging for the night to those who have lost their homes, to provide food and clothing. A local workshop offers free glass of any size to anyone who has had their windows blown out. Another recycling company writes that their broken glass and frames can be disposed of free of charge.