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At least 12 killed in Ukraine after massive Russian missile strike: updating

Russian missiles hit residential building in Dnipro. Photo: President’s Office
At least 12 killed in Ukraine after massive Russian missile strike: updating

Ukraine is under the first massive Russian missile attack in 2023. Air alarms were active all over the country around 15:00. Missile strikes were reported in Kyiv (northern Ukraine), Dnipro (eastern Ukraine), Kharkiv (eastern Ukraine), and Zaporizhzhia (southeastern Ukraine).

Russian forces launch ballistic and cruise missiles targeting residential areas and critical civilian infrastructure all over Ukraine. The first series of missile strikes today rocked the capital Kyiv early in the morning. Powerful explosions were reported in several neighborhoods of Kyiv at 6 am, while the air raid alert was off. Later on, at 9:35 the air raid alert in Kyiv and Kyiv Oblast followed another series of explosions.

Ukraine’s Air Force spox Yurii Ihnat confirmed that Russian missile strikes caused the morning explosions in Kyiv and Kyiv Oblast earlier in the morning.

“It is likely that it was either Iskander-M ballistic missiles or anti-aircraft systems S-300 of certain modifications, as well as S-400, which are also present in the north of Ukraine. We will determine what type of missiles was used,” Ihnat said.

Fragments of one of the Russian missiles downed by Ukraine’s air defense fell on the territory of the National Museum of Folk Architecture and Life of Ukraine (aka Skansen Museum) in the Kyiv suburb Pyrohiv. No casualties.

A fragment of the Russian missile hit by Ukrainian air defense over Pyrohiv. Photo by Olkesandr Tkachenko.

One of the Russian missiles hit the object of critical civilian infrastructure in Kyiv, according to the Mayor of Kyiv Vitalii Klitschko. The fragments of another Russian missile downed by Ukraine’s air defense fell on an uninhabited house in Holosiyivskyy district of Kyiv, Klitschko reported. As a result, the explosion caused the fire that was extinguished within an hour. No casualties.

A Russian missile hit the apartment building in Dnipro, eastern Ukraine. 74 people injured in the Russian missile attack on Dnipro, including 14 children, according to Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Administration.

The aftermath of the Russian missile strike at the residential building in Dnipro, eastern Ukraine. Photo by President’s Office of Ukraine.

By 3 pm, the air raid alert was on all over Ukraine. The Russian massive missile attack on Ukraine continued.

Ahead of the latest strikes, five Russian missile carriers were present in the Black Sea, capable of a total volley is 36 Kalibr missiles, according to Vladyslav Nazarov, spokesman of operational command South.

Explosions were reported in Vinnytsia Oblast (southwestern Ukraine) and Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast (western Ukraine), according to Suspilne.

The Ukrainian air defense was active in Lviv Oblast (western Ukraine), according to the head of Lviv Oblast Maksym Kozytkyy.

“The enemy hit a critical infrastructure facility in Lviv Oblast. Interruptions in the supply of power and water are possible. Stay in shelters. The threat persists,” Lviv Oblast Head Maksym Kozytskyy reported.

Meanwhile, most of Kharkiv City districts remained without power after a series of explosions that were heard earlier, city subway suspended services, according to Suspilne.

Russia hit critical infrastructure facility in Kharkiv Oblast, according to Kharkiv Oblast Head Syniehubov.

The thick smoke that was seen at the central railway station in Kyiv was not related to Russian missile strikes.

Ukraine’s air defense was active in Kyiv and Ternopil oblasts.

Russian missile strikes caused emergency power cuts in Kyiv.

“This [power cuts in Kyiv] is a forced preemptive step that will prevent significant damage to the energy infrastructure if enemy missiles reach the target,” Ukraine’s energy company DTEK warned.

Ukraine’s air defense was active in a number of other Ukrainian regions all over the country.

Three Russian missiles were shut down in the area of Ochakiv, Mykolaiv Oblast (southern Ukraine), military reporter Roman Bochkala reported.

Meanwhile, 37 people (including 6 kids) have been pulled out from under the rubble of the apartment building hit by the Russian missile in Dnipro earlier today, according to Ukraine’s Emergency Service. They are wounded but alive.

Air raid sirens were blowing in Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhzhia oblasts again. Russia continued its massive missile attack on Ukraine.

According to the updated information on casualties in Dnipro, the Russian attack on the Dnipro took 10 lives, 74 people have been injured including 14 children, all are taken to hospital, the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Head Valentyn Reznichenko reported. Search and rescue operations continued into the night.

The aftermath of the Russian missile on Dnipro. Photo by Valentyn Reznychenko.

Russia hit an infrastructure facility Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast (western Ukraine), no one was injured, air defenses shot down two missiles, according to Ivan-Frankivsk Oblast Head Svitlana Onishchuk.

Meanwhile in Dnipro, people started screaming for help from under the rubble of the apartment building hit by the Russian missile earlier today. Some of them got stuck on the upper floors of a half-demolished building in Dnipro.

The death toll of the Russian missile attack on the Dnipro apartment building keept rising. As of 23:00, at least 12 people killed by the Russian missile strike at the residential building in Dnipro, according to the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Administration.

People left on the upper floors of a half-demolished building in Dnipro are signalizing their presence using flashlights so that rescuers could evacuate them faster.

People in Dnipro are stuck on the upper floors of a half-demolished building after the Russian missile hit it. Photo by UNIAN.

Two thermoelectric power plants damaged, one of them suspended power generation, according to DTEK Energy Minister Halushchenko said. Power facilities were also hit in Kharkiv, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Zaporizhzhia, Vinnytsia, Kyiv oblasts. There were emergency power cuts in most regions.

The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy commented on the Russian missile attack, stating that Ukraine “will find everyone involved in terror.”

Ukraine’s air defense downed 25 out 38 Russian missiles today, according to the Ukrainian Air Force Command.

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