Russia-Ukraine war: At least 30 killed in Russian strikes on apartment block in city of Dnipro

16 January, 2023 | Pragati Singh

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Russian missiles struck an apartment building in the city of Dnipro, killing at least 30.

Russian missiles struck an apartment building in the city of Dnipro, killing at least 30, according to Al Jazeera.

Natalia Babachenko, the regional governor’s assistant, said 30 people had been confirmed deceased so far, and more than 30 were hospitalised, including 12 in serious condition. She also predicted that 30 to 40 persons were still buried beneath the debris. Citing the Emergency personnel who said they heard calls for assistance from beneath the debris of the nine-story apartment building in the east-central Ukrainian city, Al Jazeera reported that the workers utilized quiet to guide their rescue attempts amid cold conditions.

On Saturday, Russia launched two waves of missiles at Ukraine, striking targets across the country including the capital, Kyiv, and the northeastern city of Kharkiv, as fighting raged in the eastern towns of Soledar and Bakhmut.

Ukraine Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko on Saturday said damage to power infrastructure from a wave of Russian missile strikes would lead to emergency power outages in most regions across the country.

“Today, the enemy attacked the country’s power generation facilities and power grids again,” Halushchenko said on Facebook, according to CNN. “There are attacks in Kharkiv, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Zaporizhzhia, Vinnytsia and Kyiv regions,” he said.

The Ukraine energy minister said the next few days “will be difficult”. “Power engineers are already working to restore the electricity supply.”

Since October, Moscow has been bombarding Ukraine’s energy infrastructure with missiles and drones, causing widespread blackouts and disruptions to central heating and running water.