Cruise missiles used to destroy building near airport in Lviv, Ukraine military says

Several missiles have struck and destroyed a building near the airport in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, according to the city’s mayor.

Ukraine’s military said the aircraft repair plant was struck by cruise missiles fired from the direction of the Black Sea, which it said were likely Kh-555 weapons launched from heavy strategic bombers.

The plant was not in operation at the time of the strike and there were no casualties after at least three blasts, mayor Andriy Sadovy said.

Similar long-range cruise missiles are thought to have been used in an airstrike on Yavoriv military base in western Ukraine on Sunday.

Sky’s Alistair Bunkall in Lviv said air raid sirens went off at 6.15am and he heard around three to four explosions 15 minutes later “just as the city was waking up, just as the curfew had lifted”.

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