A library image of a watch tower at Yavoriv Combat Training Center grenade range (Picture: Capt. Kayla Christopher/45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team/AB Forces News Collection/Alamy Stock Photo).
Ukraine

Russian air strike kills 35 at western Ukraine military base, officials say

The attack took the war closer to the border with Poland.

A library image of a watch tower at Yavoriv Combat Training Center grenade range (Picture: Capt. Kayla Christopher/45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team/AB Forces News Collection/Alamy Stock Photo).

Waves of Russian missiles pounded a military training base close to Ukraine's border with Poland on Sunday, killing 35 people, officials have said.

The attack followed Russian threats to target foreign weapons shipments that are helping Ukrainian fighters defend their country against Russia's invasion.

More than 30 Russian cruise missiles targeted the sprawling training facility at Yavoriv, less than 15 miles from the closest border point with Poland, according to the governor of Ukraine's western Lviv region. Poland, a member of NATO, is a key location for routing Western military aid to Ukraine.

It comes after a senior Russian diplomat warned that Moscow considers foreign shipments of military equipment to Ukraine "legitimate targets".

The United States and NATO have regularly sent instructors to the range, also known as the International Peacekeeping and Security Centre, to train Ukrainian military personnel. The facility has also hosted international NATO drills.

Russian fighters also fired at the airport in Ivano-Frankivsk, a city in western Ukraine located 155 miles from the border with Slovakia and Hungary. Mayor Ruslan Martsinkiv said Russia's goal is "to sow panic and fear".

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