I cheated death by racing into the woods seconds before Putin’s forces bombed our barracks

Yesterday, a Ukrainian soldier was told by TRAUMATIZED how cruise missiles hit his barracks in a dawn massacre that marked a terrifying escalation to the war.

Visible trembling, the soldier said he had tricked death by racing into the nearby woods seconds before four bullets crashed into his residence.

An injured soldier receives medical assistance after the attack on the Yavoriv . military base

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An injured soldier receives medical assistance after the attack on the Yavoriv . military baseCredit: Reuters
The Yavoriv barracks caught fire after being hit by a Russian missile early Sunday morning

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The Yavoriv barracks caught fire after being hit by a Russian missile early Sunday morningCredit: Chris Eades

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Others in his unit could not escape and were feared among the 35 killed in one of the worst attacks of the conflict to date – and only 11 miles from Nato territory.

It comes after fears of the West being drawn into an all-out war when Russia considers convoys of Western military equipment to be transported to Ukraine a “legitimate target”.

But hope appeared last night when Ukraine and Russia said they were confident of progress in the country planned peace talks.

The escaped soldier spoke to The Sun near the base in Yavoriv.

“Four missiles hit our barracks,” he said. We were able to get out because we weren’t the first to get hit.

War leader Zelensky presents medals to soldiers wounded in the Russian onslaught
The progress and outcome of the talks will come after'several days' when Putin's forces attack the military base

“We heard other missiles and evacuated. Almost everyone in our place got out but not everyone did and the rocket landed where we were. More than ten people I know are missing. ”

Another Ukrainian soldier said the missiles came from the direction of Russia’s ally, Belarus, to the north from where other attacks have occurred.

He said: “The missile hit the barracks and everyone took refuge in the forest. They came from the direction of Belarus. There were explosions and several ambulances arrived.”

Lviv Governor Maksym Kozytskyi confirmed 35 people were dead and 134 were injured. He said the damage figure would have been much higher had it not been for Ukraine’s missile defense system to “shoot down” most of the more than 30 missiles fired.

The military site that was attacked covers an area of ​​151 square miles and can accommodate up to 1,790 people. It is home to the Center for International Peace and Security, where local forces train alongside Nato troops.

Foreign corps recruits were also trained there. None of the casualties. Security was beefed up yesterday and The Sun saw soldiers setting up machine gun positions outside the perimeter as a stream of ambulances arrived.

About 20 buses full of foreign recruits went in the other direction, to the front.

A former British soldier who was at the camp on Saturday said there were about 500 foreign fighters stationed there, including about 100 British. Others are from France, the US, Switzerland and Sweden.

The attack – which came as several Ukrainian cities were facing continuous bombardment – shocked locals in nearby Yavoriv, ​​near the Polish border. Married father Vitaliy, 36, who runs a car wash company, said: “Everybody here knows someone connected to this establishment. It is devastating for all of us.

“I live 9km away and I heard a loud bang. It vibrates my windows. I looked outside and could see a big fire in the distance.

“My son is four years old and he is extremely scared and I have to reassure him. No place in Ukraine is safe. Everywhere is a Russian target. I can’t believe we’re being invaded like this in 2022. It’s crazy.”

‘IT IS INSANE’

The Russian military once again targeted the airfield west of the city of Ivano-Frankivsk – less than 100 miles from Romanian member Nato. Airports were also affected on Friday.

In Lviv, just 32 miles from the attacked army base, shops sprang up and air raid sirens sounded day and night.

33 people were injured when the Russian military blew up a monastery in Donetsk where monks, children and refugees were sheltering.

An air strike hit a train evacuating the city, killing one person and injuring another.

In Chernihiv in the hard-hit north, one local was killed as Putin’s troops continued to bombard residential areas daily.

Fighting continued around Kyiv as Russian forces continued their efforts to encircle the capital.

Regional executive director Oleksiy Kuleba said Russian forces were trying to adopt the “siege and starve” tactic used in other cities. But he swore: “We are ready to defend Kyiv, and we are prepared to fight for ourselves.”

In Irpin, 12 miles from Kyiv, bodies litter the streets. Nine people died in an air raid on the Black Sea city of Mykolaiv.

Some 200,000 residents of the besieged city of Mauripol continue to struggle without water and electricity after a 12-day siege. The Red Cross said desperate residents were facing a “worst case scenario”.

‘INSTANT DIFFERENCE’

It added: “Human suffering is simply immeasurable.”

The mayor said the situation was now “critical”. Last night, at least 2,187 people died under the relentless shelling, officials said. Fifty thousand children face death and freezing.

Pope Francis called it a “martyrdom city”. He said of the war: “Let the cry of those who suffer be heard, and let the bombings and attacks stop. In the name of God, I ask you, stop this massacre.”

A convoy escorted by Orthodox priests traveled within 50 miles of the city on Sunday. It was carrying 100 tons of aid but was said to be impassable.

In the southern city of Dniprorudne, a second mayor has been kidnapped. The kidnapping of Yevhen Matveyev came after a video emerged showing Ivan Fedorov, the mayor of Melitopol, being led away.

Street protests continued in the occupied city of Kherson, with locals waving Ukrainian flags and holding signs that read: “Kherson is Ukraine.”

Peace talks again failed over the weekend and the US responded to the military base shutdown by reminding Moscow that an attack on one NATO member is an attack on all chief.

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said the US would “work with our allies to defend every inch of NATO territory”.

In his daily video speech, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said: “The Russian invaders cannot conquer us. They don’t have that kind of strength, they don’t have that kind of spirit.”

Last night, a glimmer of hope appeared as Ukrainian and Russian negotiators said they thought progress could be made in the talks.

Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said: “In principle, we will not give in on any position. Now Russia understands this. Russia has begun to talk constructively. “

Russian delegate Leonid Slutsky said “significant progress” had been made and there was now hope of achieving “common ground”.

A man stands in the giant crater that once housed a cultural center in Kyiv

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A man stands in the giant crater that once housed a cultural center in KyivCredit: Reuters
Houses turned to rubble on a bombed city street in Kharkiv

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Houses turned to rubble on a bombed city street in KharkivCredit: Getty
A woman stands alone outside the ruins of a hospital in Donetsk

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A woman stands alone outside the ruins of a hospital in DonetskCredit: Reuters
Four soldiers in Irpin carry the body of a comrade on a stretcher

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Four soldiers in Irpin carry the body of a comrade on a stretcherCredit: AFP
A young woman holds a child in Mariupol

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A young woman holds a child in MariupolCredit: AP

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