A high-rise apartment building was hit by a Russian missile strike Saturday in the Ukrainian city of Dnipro, potentially leading to numerous civilian deaths.
The hit came as Russia launched its latest coordinated strike against the nation after a roughly two-week pause, starting with what were called ballistic-type missiles aimed at Kyiv in the morning and following up with an attack believed to have come from as many as 17 fighter jets.
Critical infrastructure facilities in various parts of Ukraine, from Kharkiv in the east to Lviv in the far west, were damaged, according to local authorities. Explosions were also heard Saturday afternoon in Kyiv, where air-defense was working, the mayor Vitali Klitschko said on Telegram.
The worst known situation in the course of Saturday’s attack so far is in the central city of Dnipro, where a multi-store residential building was hit, according to photos shared by the President’s Office.
“There are people, who were at home on this festive day, remaining under the rubble,” Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the office, said on Telegram.
Preliminary estimates suggest at least ten people have been injured, including two children, with three seriously hurt. All have been admitted to hospital as rescue efforts continue.
Russia has launched a series of massive missile and drone attacks on Ukraine’s regions and cities in the past four months. The strikes have specifically targeted energy infrastructure in what is seen as a bid to plunge the whole nation into darkness and break the resistance of Ukrainians.
The attacks have also resulted in civilian casualties, as several missiles have hit civilian objects like residential buildings such as the one in Dnipro.