Yavoriv military base attack

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Yavoriv military base attack
Part of in the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
Date13 March 2022
Status Inconclusive
 Russia  Ukraine
Commanders and leaders
Unknown Unknown
Units involved
 Russian Armed Forces

 Ukrainian Armed Forces

Casualties and losses
None Per Ukraine:[1]
36 killed
134 wounded
Per Russia:
up to 180 killed
Per The Mirror:
3 British volunteers killed
+97 others killed[2]

The Yavoriv military base attack was an attack on the Yavoriv military base that occurred on 13 March 2022 as part of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022. The base is located near the city of Yavoriv, Lviv Oblast. According to Ukrainian officials, the military facility was hit by 30 Russian missiles, killing 35 soldiers and injuring 134 others.[1]


Ukrainian officials reported that as many as 1,000 foreign fighters had been training at the base as part of the Ukrainian Foreign Legion.[3] The Russian Ministry of Defence announced that it had destroyed "up to 180 foreign mercenaries and a large consignment of foreign weapons" and said that Russia would continue attacks on foreign fighters in Ukraine; the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence said that it had not confirmed any foreigners among the dead.[4] On 14 March, British newspaper The Mirror said that at least three British ex-special forces may have been killed in the strikes, with the total amount of dead volunteers potentially surpassing one hundred.[2][5]

Ukraine's Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov described the strike as a "terrorist attack on peace and security near the EU-Nato border".[1] 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]


  1. ^ a b c "Ukraine war: Missiles hit military site near western city of Lviv". BBC News. 13 March 2022. Archived from the original on 16 March 2022. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  2. ^ a b Hughes, Chris; Thornton, Lucy (14 March 2022). "Three British ex-special forces troops feared dead in Russian attack near Polish border". The Daily Mirror. Archived from the original on 15 March 2022. Retrieved 15 March 2022.
  3. ^ Ramzy, Austin (13 March 2022). "The base attacked in western Ukraine has been a hub for foreign militaries". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 14 March 2022. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  4. ^ 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. Archived from the original on 13 March 2022. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  5. ^ Gregory, Andy; Batchelor, Tom (15 March 2022). "Fears three British ex-special forces troops killed by Russian attack in Ukraine". The Independent. Archived from the original on 15 March 2022. Retrieved 15 March 2022.
  6. ^ Bloodied but alive after Russian air strike in western Ukraine Archived 14 March 2022 at the Wayback Machine, Reuters
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