In Lviv, Ukraine's beleaguered government plans for what might happen in war with Russia

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Lviv readies for Russia’s war against Ukraine to arrive on its streets

Lviv is a key point in Ukrainians’ journey to safety and to Poland. The city is girding for battle. “People here are not ready to lose this war,” says Lviv regional governor Maksym Kozytoskyy.

A roadblock is seen from the road entering the city of Lviv, Ukriane.
  • Plans are being made for a war zone-style hospital, set up by an American aid agency.
  • Lviv’s streets are congested with vehicles, people and patrolling soldiers.
  • Towns near Lviv have been targeted by Russia since the invasion started on Feb. 24.

LVIV, Ukraine – In the basement of a cluster of commercial buildings on the ragged outskirts of a city that endured Soviet and German occupations during World War II, Ukraine’s beleaguered government is planning for what might happen next.

USA TODAY spent 36 hours with a team of overseas nurses, engineers and logistics personnel invited by Ukraine’s authorities to build a field hospital for emergency and specialized trauma care here. It is being established to serve an expected wave of people – military and civilian – impacted by Russia’s assault on Ukraine as Moscow counters resistance to its invasion with more firepower. 

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