Ukraine-Russia war: Explosions heard in Lviv and Dnipropetrovsk regions

Eyewitnesses reported explosions in Lviv and Dnipropetrovsk regions, before which an air raid was issued on Tuesday night, Ukrainian media reported. 

Maksym Kozytskyi, governor of Lviv Regional State Administration, reportedly confirmed that explosions had taken place in the vicinity of Radekhiv. According to the military administration, no one is currently injured in the shelling.

He said air defenses are working properly and urged citizens to remain in shelters. 

Concerns have mounted that Russian invading forces are seeking to continue their push into western Ukraine after the region of Lviv was first subjected to missile strikes fired from the Black Sea on March 18. Lviv lies 550km west of the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv.

Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovy repeatedly has stated the strategic importance of the city. “Kyiv is the heart of Ukraine, but Lviv is the soul," he said. 

Sadovy was referring to the city’s pivotal role for creating the modern Ukrainian nation. Lviv and the wider Eastern Galicia region (today Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk and Ternopil regions) have played a central role in the Ukrainian nation-building process since the second half of the 19th century. 

This is a developing story.

Reuters contributed to this report. 

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