Defiance in Lviv: ‘We will win this war. Absolutely. We are sure of that’

Up to last week, the western Ukrainian city of Lviv was considered a safe haven for refugees fleeing from other parts of the country. Now, it has been targeted by Russian missiles, but its citizens remain unbowed

Children at a playground in front of a building damaged following a missile strike in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv. Picture: Getty

An air-raid siren wails. An explosion erupts – a deep rumble – and the ground vibrates. Lights flash on and off in cafés and bars. People who had been sipping cocktails and beers run for shelter under an archway below a building.

That was the scene in the city centre of Lviv in western Ukraine last Tuesday night, as Russian missiles struck power plants in the city where tens of thousands of people had been ...