Russian missile hits Dnipro apartment block, kills at least 25

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Jan. 15 (UPI) — The death toll from a Russian strike on an apartment block in the south-central Ukrainian city of Dnipro overnight Saturday reached 25, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Sunday.

Writing on Telegram, Zelensky said 43 people remain missing as of Sunday afternoon while emergency crews managed to rescue 39 from the rubble. He said 13 children were among the 73 people injured in the attack.

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Ukraine State Emergency Service set up four tents for its crew and two more for volunteer, Zelensky said.

The Russian missile strike sent volunteers and rescue crews scrambling to save lives.

Officials said the Dnipro attack is the latest example of Moscow’s focus on civilian targets in their 11-month invasion of Ukraine. Rescuers said about 40 people are still missing in the attack but one woman was pulled from the rubble.

Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, said the strike left some 400 people left homeless in the attack.

“We are fighting for every person, every life,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a nightly news address after the attack.

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Officials said on Sunday that missiles and explosions were heard across Ukraine, including Lviv in the west, Kharkiv in the northeast, Zaporizhzhia in the southeast and Myokaliv in the south.

Explosions were heard in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv at about 6 a.m. local time. Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko said strikes hit the city’s east bank, where several power facilities were located, but it was unclear if the rockets hit their targets.

The latest attacks placed much of Ukraine again under an emergency blackout after missiles hit power infrastructure in several cities.