A Russian missile attack on a residential block in the Ukrainian city of Dnipro has killed at least a dozen people, part of a larger wave of attacks targeting civilians and energy infrastructure alike. .
Rescue teams worked through the night in sub-zero temperatures to search for survivors in the rubble of the nine-story apartment building, where screams could be heard from beneath the rubble.
Pictures taken from the scene of the attack showed the tower heavily collapsed, with huge plumes of smoke billowing into the air as emergency services carried out their search.
UkrainePresident of Vladimir Zelensky He said the death toll was likely to rise in the country’s fourth-largest city, which is centrally located on the Dnipro River and is home to a large Holocaust memorial and museum.
A statement from his office said that more than 60 people have been injured and 37 have been rescued so far.
Dnipro deputy mayor Mykhailo Lysenko said in a social media video that desperate residents were sending text messages from their damaged flats, adding: “We stop our work to be silent, and we have to get out from under the rubble. People can be heard screaming.”
‘Russian Terrorism’ Targets Infrastructure
A flurry of Russian strikes on Saturday also damaged infrastructure in several major cities: in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv; Kharkiv in the east; and Lviv in the west.
Ukraine’s air force was able to shoot down 25 of the 38 missiles fired by the attackers, but those that fell caused power outages to cities.
Moscow has stepped up its bombardment of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure since October, causing widespread blackouts, cutting off central heating and running water.
Mr Zelensky called the latest attacks “Russian terrorism”. Vladimir Putinforces want to add to Ukrainian suffering during the freezing winter months.
Ukraine’s energy minister warned that the coming days would be “difficult” because of the fallout from Saturday’s attack, which also killed one person in the steel-making city of Kryvyi Rih.
The Allies promised more help.
Ukraine’s allies have pledged to send more military aid, with the White House ambassador in Kyiv condemning the attacks against the Dnipro as “horrific”.
“More security aid coming to Ukraine to help defend itself,” Bridget Brink said on Twitter.
The US has pledged 50 Bradley armored fighting vehicles in its largest ever military aid package.
Fourteen Challenger 2 tanks will be delivered in the coming weeks, along with around 30 AS90 propelled guns, large weapons manned by five gunners.
Mr Zielinski thanked the UK for its “unwavering” support after a call with the Prime Minister. Rishi Sinkbut appealed for more help from other allies.
“The whole world knows what and how to stop the sowers of death,” he said in his nightly address.
Other Allies are expected to follow suit, with Germany in particular unveiling the Leopard 2 tank, which was produced in far greater numbers and used by many other European countries.
Ukraine’s allies are meeting in the German city of Ramstein on Friday, where the governments will announce their latest commitments.
The battle for the fiercely contested city is on.
Despite Russian claims of victoryFighting continued on Saturday in the town of Soledar – a place in eastern Donetsk region that has seen some of the bloodiest fighting of the war.
The fall of the town would mark a rare victory for the Kremlin after a series of battlefield setbacks, as Moscow says taking control would allow its forces to cut supply lines to Ukrainian troops in the nearby town of Bakhmut. There will be a chance.
But pockets of resistance remain, and Ukrainian officials say the war continues.
Deputy Defense Minister Hina Maliar said that our soldiers are constantly repelling enemy attacks day and night.
“The enemy is suffering heavy losses but continues to execute the criminal orders of his command.”
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