Ukraine: The death toll from the Russian missile attack on the Dnieper is increasing Ukraine

Ukraine: The death toll from the Russian missile attack on the Dnieper is increasing Ukraine

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The death toll from Russian missile strike on residential building on Saturday in the Ukrainian city of Dnipro rose to 40 as rescue teams continued to sift through the mountain of concrete in the hope of finding survivors.

At least 30 people are still missing and another 75 injured, according to local authorities, after the building was split in two and its middle turned into rubble.

One of the dead was boxing coach Mihailo Korenovski, the only member of his family who was home at the time. A family friend post a video of the family celebrating a child’s birthday in their apartment next to a post-attack photo of the kitchen with an entire wall missing.

According to a CNN report, the latest rescue took place shortly after midnight on Saturday. It took nine hours to get to the man and he was severely hypothermic.

Andriy Ivanyutin, who owns one of the apartments destroyed in the attack, said his tenants were a couple who fled the fighting in eastern Donetsk province, their children and one of their mothers. “The family goes to church on Sundays, but this time they went on Saturday … luckily they weren’t home … but their mother was,” Ivanyutin said. He said the mother is still missing.

Among the survivors are a husband and wife who fled from Kherson to the Dnieper. The husband used a flashlight to attract the attention of rescuers while applying pressure to his wife’s wounds.

The attack caused a storm of support from the residents of the Dnieper. The nearby village of Voloske, outside the city of Dnipro, said it was ready to house those left homeless “for as long as necessary”, offering to pay taxi fares on arrival.

Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar said a Russian X-22 anti-ship missile hit the building. With a length of about 11 meters, a diameter of almost 1 meter and a weight of 5,600 kg, the X-22 missile is a ballistic missile with an arc-shaped trajectory.

Ukraine’s air defense forces said in a statement after the Dnipro attack that they had no equipment to detect or shoot down ballistic missiles.

After months of pleading by the Ukrainians, the US agreed to supply the powerful Patriot air defense systems, which, while not foolproof, are capable of shooting down ballistic missiles. The US was reluctant to do this because it was afraid Russia will see the delivery as an escalation. In addition, it will take time for Ukrainian soldiers to learn to use the systems.

Ukrainian authorities admitted there was little hope of finding anyone alive in the rubble, but President Volodymyr Zelensky said rescue efforts in the central Ukrainian city would continue “as long as there is even the slightest chance of saving lives”.

Zelensky also thanked members of the public who spoke about the attack and “did not remain indifferent.”

Sweden, which holds the EU presidency, on Monday described the attack as a war crime.

“The Swedish government condemns in the strongest terms Russia’s ongoing systematic attacks on civilians … in Ukraine, including Saturday’s missile strike on an apartment block in Dnipro,” Ulf Kristerson, the Swedish prime minister, told reporters, calling it a “horrific attack.”

“Deliberate attacks on civilians are war crimes. Those responsible will be held accountable,” he said, speaking at a joint news conference in Stockholm with European Council President Charles Michel.

The Kremlin denied responsibility for the attack and pointed to the unsubstantiated theory circulating on social media that Ukrainian air defense systems caused the damage.

“The Russian armed forces do not strike residential buildings or social infrastructure. They are striking military targets,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

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