Ukraine’s First Lady has condemned Vladimir Putin for ‘mercilessly firing at civilians’ after a ‘deliberate’ missile strike on an apartment block killed three people and wounded at least four.
The Russian missile hit the five-storey building in Ukraine’s southern city of Zaporizhzhia today, leaving a scene of devastation in its wake.
Eleven people, including a pregnant woman, have been rescued from the part of the building where 10 apartments were destroyed, the state emergencies service said in a statement. Seven injured people have been taken to hospital.
But firefighters are still searching for people who may be trapped under the rubble of the building, which was ‘almost completely destroyed’ in the strike, officials said.
Ukraine’s First Lady Olena Zelenska condemned the attack and said Vladimir Putin’s forces were ‘mercilessly firing at civilians’. Her husband President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russia wants to make every day one of ‘terror’ for Ukrainians while declaring ‘evil will not prevail in our land’.
A Russian missile hit a five-storey building in Ukraine’s southern city of Zaporizhzhia today, killing three people and wounding at least four, Ukraine’s police said
Rescuers evacuate a pregnant woman Anna, 27, from a residential building heavily damaged by a Russian missile strike, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Zaporizhzhia, on Thursday
Rescuers work at a site of a residential building heavily damaged by a Russian missile strike in Zaporizhzhia
Local resident Yurii holds the hand of his pregnant relative Anna, 27, after she was rescued from a residential building heavily damaged by a Russian missile strike
‘Zaporizhzhia is bravely resisting the Russian aggressor,’ Zelenska wrote on Twitter. ‘In revenge, he mercilessly fires at civilians.
‘Tonight – a deliberate hit in a high-rise building. There are simply no three floors, people died.
‘The search under the rubble is ongoing. My condolences to the victims. We will not forgive this.’
President Zelensky said the third, fourth and fifth floors of the apartment building were destroyed in the strike.
He accused Russia of wanting to make every day one of ‘terror’ for Ukrainians.
‘But evil will not prevail in our land. We will expel all occupiers, and they will be responsible for everything,’ Zelensky said.
It came after Ukraine said it had survived a months-long winter onslaught of Russian strikes on water and energy infrastructure, as it marked the first day of spring on Wednesday.
But Kyiv was under intense pressure in eastern Ukraine, while Moscow said it had downed a ‘massive’ barrage of Ukrainian drones launched at the Crimean peninsula, annexed by the Kremlin in 2014.
Since October, Russia has been pummelling key facilities in Ukraine with missiles and drones, disrupting millions of people’s water, heating and electricity supplies.
President Volodymyr Zelensky praised Ukrainians for surviving a winter marked by systematic Russian strikes on energy facilities, which plunged millions into darkness and cold.
‘We have overcome this winter. It was a very difficult period, and every Ukrainian experienced this difficulty, but we were still able to provide Ukraine with power and heat,’ Zelensky said in his daily address.
Rescuers evacuate a local man from a residential building heavily damaged by a Russian missile strike in Zaporizhzhia on Thursday
Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters inspect a damaged house after Russian shelling hit in Zaporizhzhia on Thursday
Rescuers and medics carry a pregnant woman Anna, 27, who was evacuated from a residential building heavily damaged by a Russian missile strike on Thursday
Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba hailed the first day of spring as another ‘major defeat’ for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine.
‘We survived the most difficult winter in our history. It was cold and dark, but we were unbreakable,’ Kuleba said in a statement.
Aid organisations had warned at the beginning of winter that the targeted campaign would force a new wave of migration to Europe and that Ukraine’s priority would be ‘survival’ through the months of freezing temperatures.
The Kremlin said Kyiv was responsible for civilians’ suffering stemming from the massive outages because it had refused to capitulate to Moscow’s war demands.
But the grid has been stabilising and Ukrainian energy provider Ukrenergo said Wednesday there had been ‘no power deficit’ for more than two weeks.
‘Engineers are also continuing repairs at all power system facilities that were previously damaged by Russian missile and drone attacks,’ it said.
The war in Ukraine has seen Europe question its deep reliance on Russian oil and gas amid waves of sanctions aimed at stemming Moscow’s ability to fund its military through energy revenues.
‘The EU also won, and contrary to Moscow’s laughter, it did not freeze without Russian gas. One piece of advice to Russia: choke on your gas and choke on your missiles,’ Kuleba added in the statement.
Rescuers and paramedics evacuate a woman from a residential building destroyed after a missile strike, in Zaporizhzhia on Thursday
Near Bakhmut – the site of the longest and bloodiest battle of Russia’s invasion – AFP journalists saw Ukrainian forces close roads towards the embattled salt-mining town, raising the spectre of a possible Ukrainian withdrawal.
But Sergiy Cherevaty, a spokesman for Ukrainian forces deployed in the east of the country, said ‘no such decision had been taken so far’.
‘Heavy battles are ongoing for our Bakhmut,’ the head of the city’s military administration Oleksiy Reva said.
The city, which once had a population of around 70,000, has seen a gradual exodus and now only 4,500 people remain, Reva said.
Zelensky said Tuesday the fighting around Bakhmut was ‘increasing’.
‘Russia does not count people at all, sending them to constantly assault our positions,’ he added.
Elsewhere in the Donetsk region, the cost of fighting was clear at a field hospital where AFP journalists saw wounded Ukrainian soldiers being treated.
Ukrainian servicemen of the 80th Brigade fire targets from a mobile howitzer outside of Bakhmut, Ukraine, on Tuesday
Ukrainian servicemen of the 80th Brigade prepare to fire targets from a mobile howitzer outside of Bakhmut on Tuesday
‘You remember the extraordinary cases, where people have fatal injuries. Partially severed heads, torn or cut main vessels, where you cannot help the patient. That is what you remember,’ said Igor, a 28-year-old anaesthesiologist.
The Ukrainian presidency said Wednesday that Russian attacks in the region of Donetsk had left three civilians dead and another four injured.
Shelling in the southern Kherson region injured a one-year-old and his mother, according to local authorities.
The Russian defence ministry’s announcement that it had downed or disabled 10 Ukrainian drones targeting Crimea came one day after Russian officials said they had shot down three more over southern regions of the country and near Moscow.
‘An attempt by the Kyiv regime to carry out a massive drone attack on the facilities of the Crimean peninsula has been prevented,’ the defence ministry said.
Ten drones were either ‘shot down’ or ‘disabled,’ it said in the statement.
Ukrainian presidential aide Mykhaylo Podolyak said earlier Wednesday that Kyiv was not responsible for attacks in Russia.
‘Ukraine doesn’t strike at Russian territory. Ukraine is waging a defensive war to de-occupy all its territories,’ he wrote on social media.
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