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'Massive' Russian missile attack on Ukraine's Kryvyi Rih city

A residential building heavily damaged by a Russian missile attack in Kryvyi Rih city, Ukraine, on June 13, 2023. (Photo: Governor of Dnipropetrovsk Regional Military-Civil Administration Serhiy Lisak via Telegram via Reuters)

According to local officials, at least three persons were killed, and 25 were injured in a "massive missile attack" by Russia on civilian buildings in the central Ukrainian city of Kryvyi Rih.

According to Serhiy Lisak, governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region where Kryvyi Rih is located, a multi-story residential building was among the civilian infrastructure destroyed in the Tuesday morning attack.

"A five-story structure was obliterated. Initial reports indicate that three of its residents perished. Tuesday morning, Lisak announced on the Telegram messaging app that 25 persons had been injured.

Earlier, he had stated, "A massive missile assault against Kryvyi Rih."

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy offered condolences to the victims of the attack and vowed that Russian "terrorists will never be forgiven" and "will be held accountable for every missile they launch."

"Regrettably, there are fatalities and injuries. The Kryvyi Rih rescue operation continues. "My condolences to everyone who has lost a loved one," he wrote on Twitter.

In December, a Russian missile struck Kryvyi Rih, resulting in three deaths and at least 13 injuries.

Oleksandr Vilkul, the mayor of the city, stated earlier on Tuesday that it was probable that people were buried beneath the rubble of buildings damaged in the most recent attack.

Social media-shared video footage purportedly depicting the assault on Kryvyi Rih showed damaged residential apartments, rubble, and fires in other areas.

According to military officials, missile and drone attacks were also launched against the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv early Tuesday morning. However, air defense systems intercepted and obliterated all incoming threats.

"According to initial reports, the enemy used Kh-101/555 cruise missiles," the military administration of Kyiv stated.

"All enemy targets in the airspace around Kyiv were successfully detected and destroyed by the forces and means of air defense," the administration said, adding that there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

Ukraine's top military command stated that air forces destroyed ten of the fourteen cruise missiles launched by Russia against Ukraine on Tuesday and one of the four drones manufactured by Iran.

It was not immediately obvious how many missiles and where the Russia-launched drones struck their targets in Cryvyi Rih.

Ihor Terekhov, the mayor of Kharkiv, stated that a drone struck civilian infrastructure.

Initial reports indicate that a utility company in the Kyivskyi district and a warehouse in the Saltivskyi district were damaged. As a consequence of the explosion on the latter, a fire broke out," he said.

Ukraine claims to have recaptured several villages and made advances in its counteroffensive against Russian forces, coinciding with the latest surge of air attacks.

Publish : 2023-06-13 11:10:00

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