Authorities in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv have ordered a city-wide lights out as a “preventative” security measure, less than a day after Russia launched a full-scale invasion of the country.
All street and building lighting is to be switched off at 11 p.m. local time (4 p.m. ET), a Facebook post by the Lviv regional authority said. It instructed households to follow the order, and asked people not to leave their homes, with the exception of emergency cases.
“Please note that such actions are not related to power supply problems,” the Facebook post said. “It will be done to take preventive measures for our security.”
Lviv hosts a number of embassies and consulates which relocated from Kyiv in recent weeks because of the relative safety of the western Ukrainian city.
On Thursday morning, Russia attacked three locations in the region, activating air raid sirens in the city for the first time since World War II.