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«The biggest attack on Lviv». Yurko Dyachyshyn's memories of a missile attack on his hometown

An injured woman after the shelling of Lviv. July 6, 2023. Photo by Yuriy Dyachyshyn

On the night of July 6, 2023, Russian troops launched another missile attack on Lviv. They launched Kalibr cruise missiles from the Black Sea. 10 people were killed and 42 others were injured. Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi noted that this was the largest attack on the city's civilian infrastructure since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion.

The Ukrainian Association of Professional Photographers publishes photos by Yuriy Dyachyshyn, who captured the aftermath of the missile attack on his hometown of Lviv.

Three kilometers from the city center

On July 6, the Russian army launched another missile attack on Lviv. The Russian military fired ten Kalibr cruise missiles at western Ukraine from the Black Sea, seven of which were shot down by the Ukrainian Armed Forces. The strike killed 10 Lviv residents and injured 42 others.

Damage to a building in the city center. July 6, 2023. Photo by Yuriy Dyachyshyn

Buildings in the historic district of Lviv, the buffer zone of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Lviv - Historic Center Ensemble," were destroyed. More than 30 buildings located two to three kilometers from Lviv's Old Town were damaged. Stryiska Street suffered the most, including a building designed by Polish architect Michał Ryba. The building consists of several buildings and is an architectural monument of local significance. The third and fourth floors of two entrances collapsed. Two schools, several dormitories of Lviv Polytechnic, buildings of the Ukrainian Catholic University campus, and the newly built Lviv Tech City business campus also sustained significant damage.

Missile debris also fell in rural areas in two districts of Lviv region. The strike damaged private homes, several outbuildings, and a library. Fortunately, none of the residents were injured.

Three kilometers from home

Photographer Yurko Dyachyshyn documented the aftermath of a rocket attack on his hometown of Lviv. "I woke up in the middle of the night to the sound of the first explosion. It was dark and I couldn't see anything," recalls Yurko Dyachyshyn. "After a while, at different intervals, there were a series of explosions. Even though it happened about three kilometers from my house, it seemed like the explosions were far away from the city."

Smoke rises over the city at night. July 6, 2023. Photo by Yuriy Dyachyshyn

When the media reported on the place of arrival, Yurko Dyachyshyn immediately went to Stryiska Street. "When I saw the damaged house, I started to worry a lot. After all, my friend with five children lived in the very entrance where the missile hit," says Dyachyshyn. While shooting, he approached the residents and asked them about the fate of his friend. Later, the photographer saw her husband among the people and learned that just before the second arrival, the woman and her family had managed to run out of the house and lie down on the ground in a nearby park. None of them were injured, but their apartment was damaged and their car was completely destroyed. "After filming the aftermath of the missile strike, I went to the funeral of a friend who was killed near Bakhmut," says Dyachyshyn.

Rescuers work at the site of a missile strike. July 6, 2023. Photo by Yuriy Dyachyshyn


Yurko Dyachyshyn is a photographer from Lviv who has been working in photography since 2002. His work has been published in international publications such as the New York Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, and The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of numerous photo projects, including Terra Galicia, Slavik's Fashion and others. Since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion, he has been documenting the life of his hometown during the war.

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As a reminder, the Ukrainian Association of Professional Photographers has launched a series of materials dedicated to the key events of the Russian war against Ukraine, where it publishes memoirs and photographs of Ukrainian documentary photographers.

The project is implemented thanks to the support of IWM Documenting Ukraine.


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