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Russia-Ukraine war live: ‘major’ fire at Lviv warehouse after Russian attack; Zelenskiy questions Moscow’s place at UN | Ukraine

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One injured and ‘major’ fire sparked after Russian attack on Lviv

A “major” fire has been sparked at a warehouse in Lviv and a man has been seriously injured after a Russian attack on the western Ukrainian city, the regional governor has said.

In a Telegram post, Maxim Kozitsky said a woman was also pulled uninjured from the rubble. The airforce had previously alerted that drones were heading towards the city. No further detail was immediately available.

Lviv, close to the Polish border, is seen as one of Ukraine’s safest cities but it has experienced more attacks recently. Three people were killed by air strikes in August.

Several waves of drones buzzed overheard starting around 0130 GMT and an AFP journalist heard numerous explosions and movements of heavy vehicles through the streets during the nightly curfew, the news agency reported.

The Ukrainian air force said drones were attacking the city and air defences operating.

Lviv’s mayor, Andriy Sadovyi, wrote on Telegram that “as a result of an attack, an industrial warehouse is burning in one of Lviv’s districts”.

Key events

Ukraine told the UN’s highest court in The Hague on Tuesday that Russia justified waging war against Ukraine by invoking “a terrible lie”, namely that Moscow’s invasion was to stop an alleged genocide.

“The international community adopted the Genocide Convention to protect; Russia invokes the Genocide convention to destroy,” Reuters reports Ukraine’s representative Anton Korynevych told judges.

He called on the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to decide that it has jurisdiction to hear the case fully and eventually rule that Russia must pay reparations for invading under a false pretext.

Ukraine's Anton Korynevych, ambassador-at-large of Ukraine’s foreign ministry, addresses the judges at the World Court in The Hague.
Ukraine’s Anton Korynevych, ambassador-at-large of Ukraine’s foreign ministry, addresses the judges at the World Court in The Hague. Photograph: Peter Dejong/AP

Interfax reports that Russia’s president Vladimir Putin will travel to Beijing in October for direct talks with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. It cited Russian security council secretary Nikolai Patrushev.

Denmark’s defence minister, Troels Lund Poulsen, has said his country is to donate another 45 tanks to Ukraine. Reuters reports the donation will consist of 30 Leopard 1 tanks and 15 T-72 tanks, citing the Ritzau news agency.

Two killed by overnight Russian attacks on Ukrainian cities

Two people have been killed by Russian attacks on Ukrainian cities overnight, according to local authorities in Lviv and Kherson.

Russia struck three industrial warehouses in a drone strike on the western Ukrainian city of Lviv early on Tuesday, causing a huge fire and killing at least one person.

Lviv’s mayor, Andriy Sadovyi, said the body of a man who worked at one of the warehouses had been found under the rubble. Reuters reports Sadovyi said the warehouses stored windows, household chemicals, and humanitarian aid.

Russian forces also shelled the southern city of Kherson, killing a policeman and wounding two civilians on a trolleybus, the head of the city’s military administration said.

Ukraine’s air force said Russia had launched a total of 30 drones and one Iskander ballistic missile in attacks on Ukraine overnight, and that 27 of the drones had been shot down.

Moscow has denied deliberately targeting civilians or civilian infrastructure, but as of July 2023 the UN had recorded 7,283 deaths and 13,725 civilians injured on territory controlled by Ukraine’s government.

Yevgeny Balitsky, head of the Russian-imposed administration of the occupied Zaporizhzhia region of Ukraine, has claimed on Telegram this morning that Russian forces have destroyed a column of armoured vehicles and Ukrainian troops that was moving towards the village of Robotyne.

The claims have not been independently verified.

Here are a couple more images of the aftermath of the drone strike in Lviv.

Firefighters work at the site of an industrial warehouse where a body has been pulled from the rubble after a Russian drone strike on Lviv.
Firefighters work at the site of an industrial warehouse where a body has been pulled from the rubble after a Russian drone strike on Lviv. Photograph: State Emergency Service Of Ukraine/Reuters
Black smoke can be seen drifting across the Lviv skyline.
Black smoke can be seen drifting across the Lviv skyline. Photograph: Yuriy Dyachyshyn/AFP/Getty Images

Citing the city’s mayor, Suspilne reports that the body of a man has been recovered from the rubble of the warehouse in Lviv struck overnight by a Russian drone attack.

Russia has ramped up the production of some military hardware by more than tenfold to supply its army in Ukraine, significantly increasing the output of missiles, drones, combat vehicles and artillery, Russia’s biggest weapons producer claimed on Tuesday.

Reuters reports Bekhan Ozdoev, industrial director of the armament complex at Rostec, the Russian state corporation which controls much of the weapons industry, claimed production volumes for various types of weapons had increased from between two and 10 times.

And for some types of hardware, output had been boosted “by tens of times”, said Ozdoev. “We are going forward at cruising speed, smoke from all the pipes,” he said. He did not detail the total volume of weapons produced.

Rostec, which is sanctioned by western countries, is run by Sergei Chemezov, a close Putin ally. It controls 800 Russian civilian and defence entities and is by far Russia’s biggest arms producer.

Ukraine’s emergency services have issued handout photos of the fire at the warehouse in Lviv damaged by an overnight drone strike.

Firefighters work at a site of an industrial warehouse damaged by a Russian drone strike in Lviv.
Firefighters work at a site of an industrial warehouse damaged by a Russian drone strike in Lviv. Photograph: State Emergency Service Of Ukraine/Reuters
Aftermath of a Russian drone strike in Lviv.
Aftermath of a Russian drone strike in Lviv. Photograph: State Emergency Service Of Ukraine/Reuters

There are reports from several sources on social media – including the exiled Ukrainian mayor of the city Ivan Fedorov – that the sound of explosions has been heard in occupied Melitopol.

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