Air raid sirens in Lviv, 3 explosions reported

AP , Saturday 26 Mar 2022

Air raid sirens sounded Saturday afternoon in the western city of Lviv, and governor of the region Maxym Kozytsky reported ``three powerful explosions near Lviv'' without giving details of what was hit. Footage shot by The Associated Press showed thick plumes of smoke rising above the city.

People watch smoke rising behind buildings following explosions in Lviv, western Ukraine, Saturday, March 26, 2022. AP

Lviv, a city of over 700,000 roughly 70 kilometers (43 miles) east of Ukraine's border with Poland, has been largely spared from major Russian attacks in recent weeks. Two weeks ago, the Russian forces fired missiles on a military training center near Lviv, which at the time was the most westward target, and killed 35 people.

Since the beginning of the invasion, Lviv has become a safe harbor for some 200,000 displaced Ukrainians.

The explosions Saturday came as U.S. President Joe Biden was wrapping up a visit to neighboring NATO ally Poland in which he told Poland's president that `` your freedom is ours.''

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