- Ukrainian authorities said Russia carried out a large-scale drone strike in the western city of Lviv early Tuesday, destroying a warehouse believed to contain humanitarian supplies and killing one person.
- This incident was part of a series of deadly attacks in various cities.
- Ukraine’s Air Force managed to intercept the majority of the 30 Shahed drones overnight, but those that bypassed air defense systems ignited a devastating fire at an industrial storage facility.
Russia launched a massive drone strike in the western city of Lviv early Tuesday, burning a warehouse said to be housing humanitarian supplies and killing one man, Ukrainian authorities said.
It was one of at least three deadly attacks in different cities.
Ukraine intercepted more than 30 Shahed drones overnight, the country’s Air Force said. But drones that passed through air defense systems sparked an inferno at the industrial storage facility, said governor Maksym Kozytsky.
The UN humanitarian coordinator for Ukraine condemned the drone strikes and said they burned a charity warehouse containing vital aid supplies. Denise Brown said the attack violated international humanitarian law that protects workers, facilities and supplies.
“Attacks affecting humanitarian assets have escalated over the course of the year and are ultimately affecting those suffering the horrific consequences of war,” Brown said. “Direct attacks or indiscriminate attacks are strictly prohibited. International humanitarian law is not an option, it is an obligation and must be respected.”
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In other Russian attacks, a guided air bomb killed three civilians in Kupyansk, a city in the eastern Kharkiv region, regional governor Oleh Sinegubov said.
An artillery strike in Kherson in the south hit a bus, killing a police sergeant and wounding two men, Interior Minister Ihor Klimenko said. This strike also burned down a warehouse.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, meanwhile, was in New York preparing to address the UN General Assembly and Security Council before traveling to Washington on Thursday to meet with lawmakers and President Joe Biden.
Zelensky has continued to drum up funding and support for new weapons as the counteroffensive in Ukraine that began in June moves into its final weeks before wet weather slows progress. Ukraine has made small advances, but no major breakthroughs.
Other allies pledged money and weapons at a meeting of the Contact Group on the Defense of Ukraine in Germany.