No less than 30 killed after Russian assault as mayor of Ukrainian metropolis says there may be little hope of discovering extra survivors.
Ukrainian authorities say there may be little hope of rescuing any extra survivors from the rubble of a collapsed condominium block within the metropolis of Dnipro a day after it was hit by Russian missiles, with dozens of individuals anticipated to have been killed.
The regional governor’s adviser, Natalia Babachenko, mentioned 30 individuals had been confirmed lifeless thus far and greater than 30 had been in hospital, together with 12 in critical situation. Between 30 and 40 individuals may nonetheless be trapped below particles, she mentioned.
Emergency staff mentioned they’d heard individuals screaming for assist from beneath the rubble of the nine-storey condominium block within the metropolis in east-central Ukraine. The employees used moments of silence to direct their rescue efforts, however freezing temperatures added to rescue considerations.
“The probabilities of saving individuals now are minimal,” Dnipro’s Mayor Borys Filatov advised the information company Reuters. “I believe the variety of lifeless will probably be within the dozens.”
Filatov added that two stairwells and dozens of flats had been destroyed.
“Some individuals had been pulled out alive; some had been badly injured,” Al Jazeera’s Natacha Butler mentioned, including that “among the many lifeless was a 15-year-old woman”.
Russia fired two waves of missiles at Ukraine on Saturday, attacking targets throughout the nation together with the capital, Kyiv, and the northeastern metropolis of Kharkiv, as combating raged on the battlefield within the jap cities of Soledar and Bakhmut.
Moscow, which invaded Ukraine in February 2022, has been pounding the nation’s power infrastructure with missiles and drones since October, inflicting sweeping blackouts and disruptions to central heating and working water.
In a press release on Sunday about its earlier day of strikes, the Russian defence ministry didn’t point out Dnipro as a particular goal.
“All assigned objects had been hit. The targets of the strike have been achieved,” it mentioned.
Russia has repeatedly denied focusing on civilians within the conflict.
The Dnipro condominium block was struck by a Russian Kh-22 missile, in accordance with Ukraine’s air power, which mentioned the missile is understood to be inaccurate. Ukraine additionally lacks the air defences to shoot such missiles down.
A spokesperson for Ukraine’s southern command mentioned Russia had fired solely half of the cruise missiles it had deployed to the Black Sea throughout Saturday’s assaults.
“This means that they nonetheless have sure plans,” mentioned the spokesperson, Natalia Humeniuk. “We should perceive that they’ll nonetheless be used.”