Leading figure in Ukrainian basketball killed in Russian missile attacks, according to officials

One of Ukraine's most celebrated basketball players and coaches was killed in the Russian missile attacks early Friday, Ukrainian officials said.

Viktor Kobzystyi — who played for Ukraine twice in the European Championships, then became a leading coach who twice won the Ukrainian national championship — was killed in Lviv, according to the Basketball Federation of Ukraine.

Anton Nikulin, an official on the Lviv City Council, also confirmed Kobzystyi’s death.

In a six-hour period early Friday, Russia targeted the western city of Lviv with at least 15 missiles and 14 drones, according to Maksym Kozytskyi, the head of Lviv region military administration. Ten of the missiles were intercepted.

At least 17 people, including one child, were wounded, and five people were hospitalized in Lviv, officials said.

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