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Emergency Crews Search Rubble After Deadly Strike in Lviv Oblast

At least five people were killed after a Russian rocket hit a residential area in Lviv Oblast, a Ukrainian official said, as Russia unleashed a large missile barrage across multiple cities early on Thursday, March 9.

The mayor of Zolochiv, Ihor Hrynkiv, said a rocket fell in the village of Velyka Vilshanytsia, hitting two residential buildings.

He posted footage showing emergency crews on the scene.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said 81 missiles targeted the country on March 9.

Energy Minister Herman Galushchenko said a number of energy facilities in Kyiv, Mykolaiv, Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia, Odesa, Dnipropetrovsk and Zhytomyr regions were targeted. The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant was operating on diesel generators due to the blackout, he said.

Energoatom said that all domestic nuclear plants in Ukraine had “decreased their power” due to the threat of further missile attacks. Credit: Ihor Hrynkiv via Storyful