Yavoriv military base

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Yavoriv military base
Yavoriv, Lviv Oblast in Ukraine
Яворовский полигон 1.jpg
A checkpoint at the Yavoriv facility
Yavoriv military base is located in Ukraine
Yavoriv military base
Yavoriv military base
Coordinates50°00′24.1″N 23°30′02.3″E / 50.006694°N 23.500639°E / 50.006694; 23.500639
Area39,000 hectares (390 km2)
Site information
OwnerMinistry of Defence (Ukraine)
Site history
Battles/wars2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

The Yavoriv military base is a military training facility in western Ukraine, in the city of Yavoriv, some 10 km from the border with Poland. It is 30 kilometers northwest of Lviv in Yavoriv district. It has the International Center for Peacekeeping and Security of the Ukraine–NATO Partnership for Peace program. The base covers an area of around 390 sq km and can hold 1,790 people.[1][2]

Part of the landscape in 2008

2022 Russian attack[change | change source]

During the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, the military base was hit by Russian missiles, early on March 13, 2022. According to Ukrainian officials, 30 rockets were fired at the base, killing 35 people and injuring 134 others.[2][3] Ukrainian officials also said that as many as 1000 foreign fighters had been training at the base as part of the Ukrainian Foreign Legion.[4] The Russian Ministry of Defence announced that it had destroyed "up to 35 foreign mercenaries and [... some] foreign weapons"; the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence said that it had not confirmed any foreigners among the dead.[5] A NATO official stated that there was no NATO personnel at the base, as all personnel had left the country prior to the invasion.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Ukrainian PfP Training Centre" (PDF). NATO. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Ukraine war: Missiles hit military site near western city of Lviv". BBC News. 13 March 2022. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  3. "Ukraine war: Missiles hit military site near western city of Lviv". BBC News. 13 March 2022. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  4. Ramzy, Austin (13 March 2022). "The base attacked in western Ukraine has been a hub for foreign militaries". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  5. Krever, Mick (13 March 2022). "Ukraine denies Russia's claims it has killed up to 180 foreign mercenaries during strike on Yavoriv military base". CNN. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  6. Bloodied but alive after Russian air strike in western Ukraine, Reuters