At least 22 people were killed when Russia launched over 20 cruise missiles and two drones at Ukraine early on Friday.
According to officials, nearly all victims were killed when two rockets slammed into an apartment building in a frightening nighttime strike. There were three kids among the deceased.
Despite no reports of any targets being hit, the missile attacks included the first one against Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, in almost two months.
According to the Kyiv municipal authorities, the Ukrainian air force intercepted two uncrewed aerial vehicles and 11 cruise missiles over Kyiv.
Uman, a city situated around 215 kilometers (134 miles) south of Kyiv, was the site of the attacks on the nine-story residential structure in central Ukraine. According to the Interior Ministry, that incident resulted in twenty deaths. Two of them were 10-year-olds.
According to rescue responders, a 75-year-old woman who resided in a nearby building was another victim. She experienced internal bleeding due to the massive blast’s shock wave.
According to the Ukrainian national police, three children were pulled from the wreckage, and 17 people were injured. Hospitalized were nine people.
In eastern Ukraine, where a grueling war of attrition has taken root, the bombardment was nowhere near the war’s broad front lines or active combat zones.
Throughout the 14-month conflict, Moscow has undertaken many long-range missile attacks that routinely target residential locations without warning.
According to Ukrainian officials and observers, such strikes are an intentional intimidation tactic by the Kremlin.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the long-range cruise missiles fired overnight were directed at locations where
Ukrainian military reserve forces were relocating before going to fight.
“The strike’s objective has been met. The Defense Ministry’s spokesperson, Lt. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, claimed that all the targeted sites had been struck. He made no mention of any particular neighborhoods or residential structures being attacked.
Those who survived the Uman attacks described harrowing moments when the missiles struck while it was still dark outside.
After a “long and meaningful” phone chat between President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Chinese President Xi Jinping, during which Xi promised to send a peace envoy to Ukraine and other countries, came the strikes.
The shelling on Friday, according to Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, demonstrated the Kremlin’s lack of interest in a peace agreement.
“Russia’s response to all peace initiatives is missile strikes killing innocent Ukrainians in their sleep, including a 2-year-old child,” he tweeted. “Removing Russia from Ukraine is the only way to achieve peace.”
The Kremlin’s prior claims of guilt for such slaughter did not impress Czech President Petr Pavel, who was visiting Ukraine.
The story of a woman named Tatyana, who miraculously managed to survive with her husband and two children after the arrival of a Russian rocket in Uman
The family lives on the 4th floor and the apartment above them is completely burned down, and those above are partially or… pic.twitter.com/03hI7zt2uu
— Oriannalyla 🇺🇦 (@Lyla_lilas) April 28, 2023