Russia Confirms Strike Hit Lviv Fuel Depot
Russia’s Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov confirmed in a statement on Sunday that Russian air-launched cruise missiles hit a fuel depot and a defense plant in Lviv, near the border with Poland, on Saturday.
Konashenkov added that another strike including sea-launched missiles, which destroyed an ammunition depot holding air defense missiles in Plesetsk just west of the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv.
According to Konashenkov, during Saturday’s operation, 67 Ukrainian military facilities were targeted by the Russian military.
Putin Congratulates National Guard on 6th Anniversary
Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Russia’s National Guard on the sixth anniversary since its creation on Sunday.
Putin specially addressed the service staff of the National Guard units involved in the “special military operation in Donbas and Ukraine.”
“I am well aware of how you act in this situation: highly courageously and professionally, skillfully and fearlessly, you resolve the most complicated tasks set before you competently and precisely while showing personal heroism,” Putin said in his video statement.
The National Guard was established by Putin in 2016 as an internal military force that reports directly to the president.
The service, which numbers over 300,000 personnel, is involved with other security forces in fighting terrorism and organized crime, guarding state facilities, controlling weapons turnover, and riot control.
Man Detained at Site of Lviv Rocket Attacks
The governor of the Lviv region said a man was detained on suspicion of espionage at the site of one of the two rocket attacks that rattled the city on Saturday.
Maksym Kozytskyy said police found the man had recorded a rocket flying toward the target and striking it. Police also found on his telephone photos of checkpoints in the region, which Kozytskyy said had been sent to two Russian telephone numbers.
Rockets hit an oil storage facility and an unspecified industrial facility, wounding at least five people. A thick plume of smoke and towering flames could be seen on Lviv’s outskirts hours after the attacks.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.