Russian troops launched several airstrikes on the training ground near the western city of Lviv, a local official said.
Russian troops launched several airstrikes on a large Ukrainian military installation outside the western city of Lviv, near the Polish border, Ukrainian officials said, in what appeared to be the most urgent attack west since Moscow launched an invasion on February 24.
Russia “launched an airstrike on the International Center for Peacekeeping and Security,” Lviv regional administration head Maxim Kozitsky said on his verified Facebook page on Sunday, adding that eight missiles had hit been fired.
Initial reports said “there are no fatalities, but information about the wounded and injured is being clarified,” said Anton Mironovich, spokesman for the Ground Forces Academy of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. , according to the Interfax-Ukraine news agency.
The governor of Lviv, however, said at least nine people were killed and 57 others injured in the airstrike on the facility.
Al Jazeera was unable to verify information regarding the attack and casualties. Russia had no immediate comment.
The Yavoriv military facility, with an area of 360 square km (140 square miles), less than 25 km (15 miles) from the Polish border, is one of the largest in Ukraine and the largest in the west of the country. Ukraine organizes most of its exercises there with NATO countries.
Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said foreign military instructors worked at the facility. “Foreign instructors work here. Victim information is being clarified,” he said in an online post.
Many Ukrainians have fled to relative safety in Lviv since the launch of the Russian invasion.
A short drive from Poland, a member of the European Union, the city is also a hub for those leaving Ukraine.
Separately, the mayor of Ivano-Frankivsk in western Ukraine said the city’s airport had been the target of an attack.
“According to preliminary information, the explosions this morning came from an attack on the airport,” Mayor Ruslan Martsinkiv said on Facebook.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned Russian forces they would face a fight to the death if they tried to occupy Kyiv as air raid sirens woke residents up again on Sunday morning.
“If they decide to carpet-bomb and simply erase the history of this region…and destroy us all, then they will enter Kiev. If that is their goal, let them in, but they will have to live on this land alone,” Zelenskyy said on Saturday.
The president, who has repeatedly appeared on social media from the capital, says some small towns no longer exist in the third week of the Russian attacks, the biggest attack on a European country since World War II .
Russian bombardments have trapped thousands of people in besieged cities and sent 2.5 million Ukrainians to flee to neighboring countries.
Ukraine on Saturday accused Russian forces of killing seven civilians in an attack on women and children trying to flee fighting near Kiev. France said Russian President Vladimir Putin had shown no willingness to make peace.
Ukrainian intelligence said the seven people, including a child, were killed as they fled the village of Peremoha and “the occupiers forced the remnants of the column to turn back”.
Moscow denies targeting civilians since its February 24 invasion of Ukraine. She accuses Ukraine of unsuccessfully trying to evacuate civilians from surrounded towns, a charge that Ukraine and its Western allies strongly deny.