Russia raided Kiev and Lviv
The fire broke out after Russia raided Ukraine's capital Kiev in August 2023. Photo: Reuters

Ukrainian officials announced that Russia raided the capital, Kiev and the western province of Lviv. Poland said a cruise missile flew through the country’s airspace.

“Many explosions occurred in the capital. Air defense forces are fighting. Do not leave your shelter,” said Vitali Klitschko, mayor of Kyiv, on March 24.

Maksym Kozytskyi, governor of Lviv province, said the Stryi district, located near the border with Poland, was also raided by Russia.

According to Serhiy Popko, head of the Kiev military agency, Ukrainian air defense downed about a dozen Russian missiles over the capital Kiev and the province of the same name. Mr. Popko said preliminary information showed there were no casualties or major damage in the raid.

About 20 missiles and suicide drones (UAVs) targeted many localities in Lviv province, including many important infrastructure, but the capital city was not attacked. The Russian Ministry of Defense has not announced the raid on Ukraine.

The Polish army on the same day announced that a Russian cruise missile flew over the village of Oserdow, Lublin province, bordering Ukraine. The projectile flew in Polish airspace for 39 seconds, then returned to the other side of the border.

“We continuously monitor the situation on Ukrainian territory and maintain a constant state of vigilance to ensure the safety of Polish airspace,” the Polish military affirmed.

Ukraine had previously issued a nationwide air strike alert, warning Russian Tu-95MS bombers to launch missiles at the country. Some Russian Telegram channels said that the country’s forces used the Geran UAV and many types of missiles in the raid against Ukraine.

Russia and Ukraine have increased attacks on each other in recent times. Mikhail Razvozhayev, mayor of Sevastopol, announced on March 23 that Russian air defenses downed more than 10 Ukrainian missiles targeting the city on the Crimean peninsula. The raid left a woman and a child injured and several houses damaged.