Kyiv, Ukraine (AP) — Emergency crews pulled the body of a young child from the rubble as they searched for survivors before dawn Saturday of a Russian missile attack that destroyed an apartment building in the town of Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine. in central Ukraine.
The missile was one of 16 Ukrainian authorities said passed through air defenses among 76 missiles fired on Friday in the latest Russian attack on Ukrainian energy infrastructure, part of Moscow’s strategy to leave Ukrainian civilians and soldiers in dark and cold this winter.
Governor Valentyn Reznichenko of the Dnipropetrovsk region, where Kryvyi Rih is located, wrote on the Telegram social media app that “rescuers recovered the body of a one and a half year old boy from under the rubble of a house destroyed by a Russian rocket In all, four people were killed in the attack and 13 injured, four of them children, authorities said.
The victims were “a 64-year-old woman and a young family with a young child,” he wrote.
Reznichenko said attacks by Russian forces continued overnight, damaging power lines and houses in the cities and towns of Nikopol, Marhanets and Chervonohryhorivka, which lie across the Dnieper River from the occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. for Russia.
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On Saturday morning, Ukraine’s military leadership said Russian forces had updated the number of missiles fired in the latest attack to 98. It did not say how many in total had been stopped by air defenses.
Friday’s attack, which struck many parts of central, eastern and southern Ukraine, marked one of the biggest attacks to date on the capital Kyiv in the war sparked by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24. Kyiv was hit by about 40 missiles on Friday, authorities said, though air defenses intercepted 37 of them.
Utility crews were rushing to repair damaged power and water systems.
Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko reported on Saturday that two-thirds of households had been reconnected to electricity and all had regained access to water. The subway system also restarted service, after serving as a shelter the day before.
In Kryvyi Rih, 596 miners trapped underground due to missile strikes have been rescued, Mayor Oleksandr Vilkul said late Friday.
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