Ukrainian officials say seven people were killed Monday when apparent Russian airstrikes struck Lviv — the largest city in western Ukraine and one that has been spared the worst of the war’s violence.
In the nearly two months since Russia invaded Ukraine, the relatively safe city near the Polish border has been transformed into a hub for diplomats and international aid agencies. It’s become a destination for many of the millions of Ukrainians displaced from their homes and a transit point for many of the roughly 4.5 million Ukrainians, mainly women and children, made refugees by the war.
Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi said the March 26 strikes were Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attempt “to say hello” to Biden, who hours later forcefully condemned Putin in an address from Warsaw, Poland’s capital.
As the assault on Ukraine grinds on, here’s what to know about Lviv, the city that’s become a pillar of support and refuge for a country at war.