Russia launches missile attack on Ukrainian military base near Lviv
More on the situation unfolding this morning from Guardian reporter Lorenzo Tondo who brings us the latest developments from Lviv.
Large columns of smoke were seen rising from the direction of the a military base in Yavoriv about 50km north-west of Lviv.
Preliminary data indicates that Russians have fired eight missiles around 6am.
Lviv, a magnificent UNESCO world heritage site, 50 miles from the border with Poland and a safe haven for hundreds of thousands of internally displaced Ukrainians, was so far untouched by the bombings.
But its 700,000 residents knew that, at some point, the time would also come for them.
The citizens of Lviv, among the strongest supporters of the country’s separation from the Soviet Union, are well aware that their town, described as the soul of Ukraine and a symbol of Ukrainian nationalism, represents everything the Kremlin despises. This could be the westernmost military attack since the Russian invasion began.
Explosions heard in Lviv this morning