A Russian strike tore right into a nine-story condominium constructing within the metropolis of Dnipro in central Ukraine, native officers stated, killing at the very least 14 folks, together with a 15-year-old woman. Scores had been injured.
A large hearth burning within the aftermath of the strike, which left a gaping gap within the residential constructing. A lot of the condominium block was decreased to smoldering rubble, and officers stated folks had been trapped within the particles. A rescue operation was underway, with numerous hearth vans and emergency employees on the scene.
President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine stated that each ground of the constructing had been “smashed” by the explosion from a missile.
“It’s not but recognized how many individuals are underneath the rubble,” he stated in his nightly deal with. “Sadly, the dying toll is rising each hour.”
At the very least 64 folks had been injured, together with 14 kids, the top of the Ukrainian navy administration for the area, Valentyn Reznichenko, stated in a publish on the Telegram messaging app. He stated that rescuers had been working to achieve folks nonetheless trapped, including that greater than three dozen had been pulled from underneath the rubble.
A spokesman for the Ukrainian Air Power Command, Yuri Ignat, informed an area information outlet, Ukrainska Pravda, that the condominium constructing had been hit with a Kh-22 missile fired from a Russian bomber, a robust weapon designed to sink air craft carriers.
As darkness fell, smoke continued to billow over an enormous pile of rubble. One girl stood by a tree, crying, saying she thought her daughter was within the constructing.
Residents of town had turned out in numbers to assist take away burned out automobiles and particles from in entrance of the constructing to clear the trail for hearth vans and rescuers to come back in and lift their ladders.
At one level, an order was given for all car engines to be turned off so the rescuers might hear for the sounds of individuals trapped underneath the rubble.
Rescuers on cranes had been being guided by the cellphones and flashlights of these trapped, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, the deputy head of the Ukrainian president’s workplace, stated in a Telegram publish. He shared a photograph of an individual holding a lightweight within the window of a broken higher story, the place the entire face of the constructing had been shorn off.
Earlier than issuing his nightly deal with, Mr. Zelensky had known as the strike “evil” and posted a picture of the rescue operation.
“We’re preventing for each individual, each life,” he stated in a Telegram publish.
The United Nations resident coordinator for Ukraine, Denise Brown, known as the pictures popping out of Dnipro “horrifying.”
“Dozens of civilians, together with kids, killed or injured whereas of their properties,” she wrote on Twitter, including: “Intentional assaults towards civilians is a battle crime.”