A day after being struck by Russian missiles, Ukrainian officials believe there is little chance of finding any more survivors under the debris of an apartment building in the city of Dnipro, where it is anticipated that scores of people were murdered.
Natalia Babachenko, a regional governor’s advisor, said that 30 deaths had been officially documented thus far, and more than 30 people were hospitalized, including 12 in critical condition. She estimated that there may still be 30 to 40 persons buried under the rubble.
Emergency personnel reported hearing screams for assistance coming from under the nine-story apartment building’s debris in the city in east-central Ukraine. The rescuers utilized quiet intervals to focus their efforts, but the chilly conditions raised more questions than answers.
Borys Filatov, the mayor of Dnipro, told the news organization Reuters, “The odds of rescuing people today are poor.” “I anticipate there will be many dozen fatalities,”
Two stairwells and several apartments were also demolished, according to Filatov.
According to Natacha Butler of Al Jazeera, “among the fatalities was a 15-year-old girl,” other individuals were “taken out alive; some were gravely hurt.”
On Saturday, while battles raged in the eastern towns of Soledar and Bakhmut, Russia launched two rounds of missiles against Ukraine, hitting locations all around the nation, including the capital, Kyiv, and the northeastern city of Kharkiv.
Since October, Moscow, which invaded Ukraine in February 2022, has bombarded the nation’s energy infrastructure with missiles and drones, resulting in widespread blackouts and problems to running water and central heating.
The Russian defense ministry did not specifically name Dnipro as a target in a statement it released on Sunday on its prior day of attacks.
“All targets allocated were struck. The strike’s objectives have been met, it said.
Russia has said the conflict does not target people.
According to Ukraine’s air force, a Russian Kh-22 missile, which is known to be imprecise, damaged an apartment building in Dnipro. Ukraine lacks the air defenses necessary to shoot down such missiles.
Russia had only launched half of the cruise missiles it had deployed to the Black Sea during the assaults on Saturday, according to a spokeswoman for Ukraine’s southern command.