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Russia fires 30 missiles over Polish border after threatening to attack arms shipments to Ukraine

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TRIBUNNEWS.COM — Russia expanded its offensive into western Ukraine on Sunday, firing missiles near the city of Lviv and hitting a large military base near the Polish border, reportedly killing dozens and pulling the war closer to the NATO country’s borders.

The attack came a day after the Kremlin threatened to attack Western arms shipments to Ukraine.

As the invasion entered its third week, the northwestern city of Lviv had been largely spared from relentless Russian bombardment. This beautiful city has become ground zero for Ukrainian refugees.

Hundreds of thousands of them have flooded into the city in search of relative safety, with many using it as a stopping point before reaching the Polish border some 43 miles (70 kilometers) away.

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But the Russian war is moving closer to the cultural center. Russian troops fired more than 30 missiles at the Yavoriv military training ground on Sunday, according to the Lviv military administration. Located between Lviv and the Polish border, the military base has held joint exercises with NATO and Western military personnel, including the United States.

A witness, who was at the base when the attack occurred, told CNN he heard a “sudden clapping” from the bomb shelter, adding that the explosion crater was 10 meters deep and there were concerns people were under the rubble.

Local authorities said 35 people were killed and 134 injured at the military base, in what Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov described as a “terrorist attack” on peace and security “near the EU-NATO border.”

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So far there have been no reports of foreign nationals among the victims, Ukrainian defense officials said. The attack came a day after Russia launched a missile attack on the northeastern city of Lutsk, just 70 miles from the Polish border.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Sunday that it was only a matter of time before Russia’s military offensive in Ukraine extended to NATO members — unless the alliance established a no-fly zone in Ukraine.

“Last year, I made a clear warning to NATO leaders that if there are no tough preventive sanctions against Russia, it will start a war,” Zelensky said in a video posted on his Facebook page Sunday.

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