On the night of 6 July, the Russian army launched a missile strike on Lviv, the largest city in western Ukraine. The city's mayor, Andriy Sadovyy, called it "one of the largest attacks on Lviv's civilian infrastructure" since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The strike on the city with Kalibr missiles took place at around 1am, with a total of 10 missiles fired from the waters of the Black Sea. During their flight, they changed their trajectory to bypass Ukrainian air defences - first flying north along the Dnieper riverbed and then turning sharply west. Nevertheless, 7 of the 10 missiles were shot down. In Lviv, 3 missiles exploded.
As a result, 5 people were killed and 36 were injured. The city's infrastructure was significantly damaged, with 35 houses damaged and one completely destroyed. According to the head of Lviv Military Administration Maksym Kozitsky, more than 600 people and 140 units of equipment are involved in the rescue work. A number of houses were cut off from electricity and water supply.
A two-day mourning period has been declared in Lviv. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that "the enemy will be given a tangible response".
The Russian Defence Ministry said that the strike with "high-precision weapons" was carried out on "points of temporary deployment of personnel of the Ukrainian armed forces and foreign mercenaries, as well as storage sites of foreign-made armoured vehicles". Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov claimed that the aim of the strike had been achieved.