President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced Sunday that 25 people had died due to a Russian missile attack on an apartment building in the southeast Ukrainian city of Dnipro; rescuers raced to extract survivors from the rubble.
The multi-story apartment building that was destroyed by the massive Russian barrage on Saturday was the scene of the heaviest casualties, and emergency personnel labored there throughout the chilly night.
The assaults broke a two-week pause in the airstrikes Russia has launched against Ukraine’s electrical infrastructure and metropolitan centers practically weekly since October.
They also hit the capital, Kyiv, and the northern city of Kharkiv.
According to Gen. Valerii Zaluzhny, the head of the Ukrainian armed forces, Russia fired 33 cruise missiles on Saturday, 21 of which were shot down.
According to the military’s air force leadership, the rocket that struck the apartment building was a Kh-22 launched from Russia’s Kursk region, and Ukraine lacks a system capable of intercepting that kind of weapon.
Workers in Dnipro attempted to rescue those stuck on higher levels of the apartment block where roughly 1,700 people lived using a crane.
Some locals used the lights on their mobile phones to signal for assistance.
At least 73 individuals had been injured, according to Zelenskyy, and 39 people had been saved as of Sunday afternoon.
Forty-three people, according to the Dnipro city authorities, were reported missing.