At least 13 people have died as a result of a series of airstrikes conducted by Russia against cities around Ukraine, including Kyiv.
In an incident that targeted a residential building in Uman’s center city, eleven people, including a child, died, according to officials.
According to the mayor of the area, a mother and her three-year-old kid were also killed in Dnipro.
Additionally, reports of explosions came from the central Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk.
According to Volodymyr Zelensky, president of Ukraine, the apartment complex was one of 10 residential structures in Uman that sustained damage. The city’s deceased child, according to the state rescue agency, was born in 2013, and 11 additional persons required hospitalization.
According to Mr. Zelensky, the strikes demonstrated the need for additional international action against Russia.
“Weapons can stop evil; our defenders are doing it. And sanctions can stop it; they must be strengthened globally, he added in a tweet.
It was the first Russian missile attack on the nation’s capital in 51 days, according to the head of the city’s military administration in Kyiv.
No reports of civilian casualties in the nation’s capital are currently available.
According to a post on the messaging app Telegram by officials, Ukraine’s air defense system shot down 21 out of 23 missiles and two attack drones.
A substantially damaged apartment complex in Uman was visible following the strikes in a video shared on Telegram by Ukraine’s State Border Service.
Olga, a resident of one of the damaged apartment buildings, told the news agency Reuters that her apartment’s windows were blown out “then came the explosion.”
One man sobbed as he saw the paramedics remove a body from the scene on a stretcher.
At 04:30 local time (02:30 GMT), according to a different local, “there were two very strong explosions, everything started to burn, cars started to burn.”
With additional weapons, including tanks sent by Western partners, Ukrainian forces claim they are prepared to launch a military onslaught at the time of the attacks.
In its winter offensive, which has included a 10-month struggle for control of the crucial city of Bakhmut, Russia has found it difficult to advance.
Although the purpose of Russia’s attacks on Friday was not immediately clear, it has previously targeted civilian infrastructure.
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