/Latest news on Ukraine-Russia War: Kyiv rocked by explosions, gunfire attacks as Kremlin forces near – The Washington Post

Latest news on Ukraine-Russia War: Kyiv rocked by explosions, gunfire attacks as Kremlin forces near – The Washington Post


LVIV, Ukraine — Cranes moved huge concrete blocks into roads leading into Lviv on Saturday, as volunteers filled and stacked sandbags in an attempt to fortify the western city against Russian attack.

As fears of an invasion built in recent weeks, Lviv, 50 miles from the border with the European Union, was considered a safe haven, with some embassies initially evacuating their staff to the city. But now it is bracing for an assault.

Air-raid sirens sounded across the city throughout the day, though no strikes followed. On Saturday morning, a few hundred people gathered at the gates of a military compound to sign up to fight with the city’s territorial defense force. They were told to form units of 10 people.

“Get together in tens, exchange phone numbers and organize,” an officer announced over a loudspeaker. While in other cities volunteers were handed guns, here they were told to wait.

“Enroll, go home, pack, get your documents ready and wait for the call,” the officer said.

Orest Gaworsky, 70, had gathered a group, writing down their names and numbers to submit. He said he was happy with his new comrades.

“There are no losers here,” he said.

Gaworsky served as a civil volunteer in Donbas in 2015, where his vehicle was hit in an explosion.

“I’m too old to run with a gun, but I can sit and shoot,” he said. “We will shoot, we will make molotov cocktails, we will do everything. We’ll fight them with pitchforks!”

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