Russian strike wounds at least 22 in western Ukraine

Strike a rare attack in the west of the country


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Published: Sun 12 Jun 2022, 1:53 PM

Last updated: Sun 12 Jun 2022, 2:03 PM

At least 22 people were wounded when Russia struck the western Ukrainian town of Chortkiv, the regional governor said on Sunday.

The strike was a rare attack in the west of the country.

“Yesterday at 19:46 (1645 GMT) Chortkiv was hit by four missiles, all fired from the Black Sea,” Volodymyr Trush said in a Facebook post.

He said all 22 people wounded, who included seven women and a 12-year-old, had been hospitalised.

Trush, governor of the Ternopil region where Chortkiv is located, said “a military installation was partially destroyed” in the attack “and residential buildings were damaged”.

Chortkiv, which was home to nearly 30,000 people before the Russian attack, is located 140 kilometres (around 90 miles) north of the border with Romania and 200 kilometres southeast of Lviv, the largest city in western Ukraine.


Unlike eastern and southern Ukraine, which have borne the brunt of Russian firepower since Moscow attacked on February 24, the west of the country has only seen sporadic attacks.

Russian strikes in the west tend to target military installations housing weapons and military equipment supplied by Western powers.

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