The President of Ukraine, Volodímir Zelenski, reported this Sunday the provisional balance of 25 deaths as a result of the previous impact of a Russian missile on a residential building in the city of Dnipro. The attack on this town the previous day is part of the Russian offensive against Ukrainian energy infrastructure this weekend.
In a message posted on Telegram, a platform that he usually uses to address the population, Zelenski has estimated the victims at 25 deaths, including a child; 73 injured, 13 of them minors, and 43 missing. Authorities have also rescued 39 people from the rubble of the building.
In Zelenski’s statement, which includes several images of the rescue efforts, the president expressed his condolences to the families and friends of the fatalities.
“Search and rescue operations and the dismantling of dangerous structural elements continue. At all hours. We continue to fight for every life,” she assured. Zelensky added on Twitter that Ukraine will find “everyone and everyone involved in this horror.”
The missile hit against the Dnipro residential building destroyed a total of 72 apartments corresponding to two blocks of stairs and damaged more than 230 homes. The authorities estimate that more than 400 people will have to be rehoused and have declared three days of mourning for the victims.
Russia admits the bombings on Saturday
The Russian authorities, for their part, have admitted this Sunday that they carried out a massive bombardment of Ukraine, although they have avoided specifically mentioning the one that has affected Dnipro. Russia has reported that the day before it had attacked Ukraine’s military command and control system, as well as its energy facilities.
“All assigned targets were hit. The goal has been reached,” said Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov.
The commander of the Ukrainian Air Force, Lieutenant General Mykola Oleshchuk, had said on Saturday night that it was a Kh-22 missile launched from Russia’s Kursk region that hit the building.
The approximate location of the launch, altitude and flight speed were detected by radar, but Oleshchuk stressed that “the Ukrainian Armed Forces do not have weapons capable of shooting down this type of missile.”