Russian missile attack on President Zelensky’s home town kills one and injures 44 others, with civilians pulled out from the rubble of their homes
- 10 buildings damaged in Kryvyi Rih after wave of overnight attacks in Ukraine
A Russian missile attack on President Zelensky’s home town has killed a policeman and injured 44 others, with civilians pulled out from the rubble of their destroyed homes.
Ten buildings were damaged in the strike on Kryvyi Rih after a wave of Russian attacks overnight in the centre and the east of the country.
Three of the people who were hauled from the rubble were in serious condition, with photos showing smoke spewing from the ruins of the building as rescue workers carried an injured person to an ambulance.
In one image of the aftermath rescue workers can be seen pulling at the concrete foundations of a building to reveal a police officer, whose face is bloodied from the blast. Other photographs show ruined cars coated in rubble and firefighters sweeping through the wreckage.
Three administrative buildings were damaged in the attack, and seven residential buildings, including a high-rise building, suffered damage, regional governor Serhiy Lysak said.
The police administrative building was destroyed and rescue workers pulled several people out of the rubble after the attack, Ihor Klymenko, Ukraine’s minister of Internal Affairs, said on Telegram.
A Russian air strike killed three civilians and wounded four other people today on the village of Odradokamianka in the southern Ukrainian region of Kherson.
Three people were also injured in a Russian missile attack in the eastern city of Sumy.
Ukraine’s internal affairs ministry said one person was wounded in a Russian missile attack on Zaporizhzhia city in southern Ukraine.
Russia also carried out its fifth drone attack this week on the southern Odesa region, home to Ukrainian ports on the Black Sea and Danube River that are used to export grain and other agricultural products.
Russia has intensified air attacks on Ukrainian grain export infrastructure on the Danube River and in the port of Odesa since mid-July, when Moscow quit the U.N.-brokered deal that allowed safe Ukrainian grain exports via the Black Sea.
Officials said air defences shot down 16 of the 20 drones fired by Russia overnight. The Southern military command said 14 drones had been brought down over Odesa region and two more over the southern region of Mykolaiv.
Oleh Kiper, Odesa’s regional governor, said a non-residential building had been damaged by debris from a drone but gave no further details. He reported no casualties in the Odesa region.
Also on Friday, a funeral was being held for an 18-year-old who was among 16 people killed on Wednesday in a Russian attack on a market in Kostiantynivka in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region.
The attack, which wounded 33 others, destroyed the market and overshadowed a two-day visit by US secretary of state Antony Blinken aimed at assessing Ukraine’s three-month-old counter-offensive and signalling continued US support with the announcement of an additional one billion dollars (£801 million) in aid.
Britain announced today that it will host a global food security summit in November in response to Russia’s withdrawal of a Black Sea grain deal and attacks on Ukraine’s grain supply.
The announcement came as Prime Minister Rishi Sunak arrived in India for a Group of 20 summit, where he hopes to marshal international resources to counteract the war’s impact on the global food supply.
Sunak’s government said Royal Air Force aircraft will fly over the Black Sea as part of efforts to deter Russia from striking cargo ships transporting grain from Ukraine.
Meanwhile, Russia is holding local elections in the part of the Kherson region it controls.
Local elections are also being held in the Donetsk, Luhansk and Zaporizhzhia regions.
In Kherson, local residents and Ukrainian activists say election poll workers have made house calls accompanied by armed soldiers.
Ukraine has dismissed the elections, calling on its allies to condemn Russia’s actions and urging them not to recognize any administration created as a result of the vote.