Eight Russian missiles hit military training site in western Ukraine

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Russia fired eight missiles at a military training base in Lviv, western Ukraine, near the border with NATO member Poland.

According to Ukraine’s BBC, military officials in Lviv said Russian forces carried out an airstrike and fired eight missiles at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center, where large columns of smoke were reportedly seen rising. raise from the area.

Just 80 km from the Polish border, Lviv is a destination for many Ukrainians fleeing from other parts of the country. The historic city prepared for war, hiding a priceless heritage.

Meanwhile, the airport in the western city of Ivano-Frankivsk was also reportedly the target of a strike, located about 114 km south of Lviv.

The city’s mayor, Ruslan Martsinkiv, said on Facebook that “according to preliminary information, the explosions this morning came from an attack on the airport”.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that so far 1,300 Ukrainian soldiers have died in the conflict.

UNESCO warns of danger to Ukrainian heritage

According to UNESCO World Heritage Director Lazare Eloundou, Ukrainian city centers are “severely damaged, some of which have sites and monuments dating back to the 11th century”.

“Today, museums are damaged, some with collections inside. There are also cultural places that are damaged. It’s a whole cultural life that risks disappearing,” noted Eloundou.

According to UNESCO, the targeting of cultural sites is a tactic of war intended to harm and attempt to destroy societies. In fact, the deliberate destruction of the heritage of a country or a culture is a war crime.

And in a speech to the UN Security Council in 2015, former UNESCO director-general Irina Bokova called it “cultural cleansing.”

Lviv city center – Wikimedia Commons

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