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Children among those killed in Russian strike on Ukraine’s Dnipropetrovsk region

  • April 19, 2024
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Children among those killed in Russian strike on Ukraine’s Dnipropetrovsk region

Two Russian strikes on Ukraine’s central Dnipropetrovsk have killed nine people, three of whom were children, according to officials. The station in the main city Dnipro was attacked with several homes further east in Synelnykove also being hit. The attack highlighted a need for every city to have adequate air defences, President Volodymyr Zelensky said.

Two children, aged six and eight, were among those killed when private homes were targeted by the Russian strikes on the town of Synelnykove, according to Ukraine’s interior ministry. A third child died later in hospital with several more reported to have been wounded.

In the capital of the region, Dnipro, another two were killed and 20 more wounded after a five-storey building was hit. Rescue services searched the rubble, warning that the number of victims would climb, the ministry added. A maternity hospital was also under attack.

For months Ukraine had warned that it was running low on weapons capable of bringing down missiles and drones from Russia, and NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg spoke of an “urgent, critical need” for military aid.

However, the air force in Kyiv declared that it had shot down a Russian Tu-22M3 strategic bomber used to fire supersonic Kh-22 cruise missiles from the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov to Ukrainian cities. An unverified video shows a plane on fire spiralling out of control to the ground. Russia’s defence ministry blames a technical malfunction following a “combat task” carried out by the bomber.

Stavropol regional governor Vladimir Vladimirov only said that the plane had crashed in a Russian field some distance north from the main city, adding that two pilots were found alive. A third crew member had died and rescue services were looking for a fourth.

Ukrainian air force chief Lt Gen Mykola Oleschuk said that Russia had fired six Kh-22 cruise missiles, two of which had for the first time been destroyed.

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