Russian missile hits Ukrainian base just 10 miles from Poland – and NATO – POLITICO

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Russia launched a deadly missile attack Sunday on a Ukrainian military base just miles from the Polish border, drawing the conflict closer to NATO territory than ever before.

Nine people died and 57 others were injured in an early morning attack on the Center for International Peace and Security in Northwestern Lviv, located just 10 kilometers from the border with Poland, according to reports. Defense Minister of Ukraine.

“Russia attacked the International Security & Peacekeeping Center near Lviv. Foreign guides work here. Information about the victim is being clarified.” tweeted Minister, Oleksii Reznikov. “This is a new terrorist attack aimed at peace and security near the EU-NATO border. Action must be taken to prevent this. Close the sky! ”

It was not immediately clear which nationalities were involved, or whether foreigners were among the casualties. Photos from early February show US military trainers participating in exercises at the base with members of the Ukrainian military, BBC reported.

Regional Governor Maksym Kozytskyy said Russian planes fired about 30 rockets at the facility, although some were intercepted before they hit their target.

UK Minister Michael Gove called The attack was “a significant escalation”, saying: “We know that Vladimir Putin has no moral limits when it comes to the actions he is willing to take and he is pushing the boundaries on military side.”

The attack came a day after Moscow threatened to take action against Western countries’ continued supply of weapons to Ukraine.

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told state television Channel One on Saturday: “We have warned the United States that staging weapons from certain countries is not only a dangerous move, but also a dangerous move. is a move that turns these convoys into legitimate targets. .

Ryabkov added that there could be consequences for the West’s “thoughtless transfer” to Kyiv of weapons such as anti-tank missile systems and mobile anti-aircraft missile systems. Russian missile hits Ukrainian base just 10 miles from Poland - and NATO - POLITICO

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