Russo-Ukraine War Live Updates: Military base attacked near Polish border

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Russo-Ukraine War Live Updates: Military base attacked near Polish border

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March 13, 2022, 3:28 am ET

At least nine people were killed in a pre-dawn missile attack on a military training base in northwest Ukraine on Sunday morning, bringing the war closer to NATO forces on the Polish border just a dozen miles away and bringing the war to Russia, officials said. as widened. Wants to stop the flow of weapons into Ukraine.

According to the Ukrainian military and local officials, eight missiles were fired at the International Peace and Security Center. Air defense systems stopped some, but many blocked the base, a major logistics center and training center for foreign fighters. Colonel Anton Myronovich, a spokesman for Ukraine’s armed forces, said at least nine people were killed and 57 wounded, but that information was still coming. An ambulance worker at an emergency hospital in Lviv, about 35 miles away, said about 300 people injured in the attack had arrived for treatment.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksey Reznikov, called for strikes “a terrorist attack on peace and security near the EU-NATO border” and reiterated his government’s calls for allies to establish a no-fly zone over Ukraine.

The base, also known as the Yavoryev Military Complex, is a key link in the pipeline for receiving weapons from NATO allies to Ukraine. Russia warned on Saturday that weapons sent to Ukraine would be considered “legitimate targets” for the Russian military. Only hours later, the United States defied Moscow by promising an additional $200 million in weapons and equipment for Ukraine.

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Before the war, the base was used by NATO in its efforts to train the Ukrainian military.

Troops from the United States, Britain, Canada, Poland, Latvia and many other allies serve at the base, where foreign fighters are being organized and trained to fight voluntarily. The Ukrainian government estimates that around 20,000 people from around the world have signed up to join the nascent International Army. This includes several thousand Americans who, according to officials familiar with the military, are not authorized to speak publicly.

It was not clear how many Americans were at the base during the attack. An American who volunteered to fight, reached out by phone after the attacks, said the facility was being bombed and could not speak.

One of the damaged buildings was located in the part where American, Canadian and other foreign military instructors slept before the war, according to Staff Sergeant Jonathan Norris, who worked as a broadcast journalist for the US military covering multinational training at the base. acted as.

Ukrainian military spokesman Colonel Myronovich said in an interview with The New York Times on March 11 that “up to a thousand foreigners” were being trained at the base.

The most skilled, well-prepared foreigners have already been deployed to the front lines and are attached to units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, ”he said.

Austin Ramzi, Benjamin Foley, Valerie Hopkins and Andriana Zamysla contributed reporting.

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