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Russian Airstrike Hits Ukraine, Missile Breaches Polish Airspace

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Russian missiles struck critical infrastructure in Ukraine’s western region of Lviv early on Sunday, according to reports from Kyiv. This marked a significant airstrike that also saw one Russian cruise missile briefly entering Polish airspace, as confirmed by Warsaw.

The attack, reportedly involving 57 missiles and drones, targeted both Lviv and the capital city, Kyiv. This assault occurred just two days after a previous major aerial bombardment on Ukraine’s energy system.

Lviv’s regional governor, Maksym Kozytskyi, disclosed via the Telegram messaging app that two preliminary hits were recorded on the same critical infrastructure facility targeted by the invaders during the night. He noted the utilization of Kinzhal hypersonic missiles, known for their resilience against interception, though he refrained from specifying the exact location targeted.

The Ukrainian energy ministry reported equipment catching fire during an attack on a critical energy facility in Lviv, leading to a loss of power. However, it remains unclear whether this incident pertains to the same target. The Ukrainian air force claimed success in intercepting 18 of 29 inbound missiles and 25 of 28 attack drones.

While specific details on the extent of damage were scarce, the deliberate targeting of critical infrastructure suggests a continued effort by Russia to exert pressure on Ukraine’s energy system, following previous strikes that resulted in widespread blackouts.

Serhiy Popko, head of Kyiv’s military administration, reported several explosions in the vicinity of Kyiv in the early hours, with air defenses intercepting about a dozen missiles. Fortunately, the resulting damage was minor.

Poland’s armed forces confirmed the violation of Polish airspace by a Russian cruise missile near Lviv. The missile remained within Polish airspace for approximately 39 seconds before returning to Ukraine. Warsaw announced its intention to seek clarification from Moscow regarding this incident.

Polish Defence Minister Wladyslaw Kosiniak-Kamysz reiterated Poland’s commitment to supporting Ukraine, both militarily and humanitarianly, amidst these escalating tensions.