January 15 (United Press International) — The death toll from Russia’s overnight attack on an apartment building in the south-central Ukrainian city of Dnipro has risen to 30, Ukrainian officials said on Sunday, as rescuers continued to search for dozens of people, many of whom are still trapped under the rubble .
Natalia Babachenko, an adviser to the head of the Dnepropetrovsk Regional Military Administration, announced the death toll in a televised address on Sunday and said rescuers were still on the scene and were looking for 30 to 40 people , state news agency british intelligence service reports.
At least 75 people were injured in the strike, she said.
Ukrainian President in Sunday evening address Volodymyr Zelensky A 15-year-old girl is said to be among the dead. Six children were among the dozens rescued, he said.
“As long as there is even the slightest chance of saving a life, the rescue operation will continue,” he said.
Zelensky had earlier a post To Telegram, emergency workers managed to rescue 39 people from the rubble. Thirteen children were injured in the attack, he said.
The strike destroyed 72 apartments in the building and damaged more than 230, the president said.
Ukraine Volunteers and aid workers scrambled to save lives as the Russian missile attack sent the state emergency service erecting four tents for its staff and two for volunteers.
The Dnipro attack, 300 miles southeast of Kyiv, was the latest attack on civilian targets during Russia’s 11-month invasion of Ukraine.
The Ukrainian air force identified the missile that hit the building as a Kh-22, the same type that struck a shopping mall in central Ukraine last summer, but it has no intercept capability.
“To shoot down such missiles, we need systems like the Patriot PAC-3 and SAMP-T,” it said. tweetscontinued Ukraine’s call for international partners to provide more advanced weapons.
Officials said Sunday that the missile and explosion were hear the whole ukraineincluding Lviv in the west, Kharkov in the northeast, Zaporozhye in the southeast and Myakaliv in the south.
At around 6 a.m. local time, explosions were heard in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine. Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko said the attack hit the city’s east bank, where several power facilities are located, but it was unclear whether the rockets hit the target.
The latest attack has plunged much of Ukraine into an emergency blackout again after missiles hit power infrastructure in several cities.
In response, Zelensky announced sanctions against nearly 200 Russians who “justified terror” in his nighttime address.
“We will do everything we can to make the sanctions work as hard as possible in Europe and around the world,” he said.
Germany on Sunday condemned Russia’s attacks and its ongoing war in Ukraine and said it stood firmly with European countries.
“Those responsible for the crimes committed must be held accountable – from the rape, looting and missile firing of houses by Russian soldiers in #Dnipro to the leadership who ordered these crimes,” the German foreign ministry said in a statement. a statement on twitter.
In his speech, Zelensky thanked those who had expressed condolences and support to Ukraine after the attack, but he had a message for Russians who remained silent in condemning the war knowing its consequences.
“Your cowardly silence, your attempt to ‘wait’ for what is happening will only end with those same terrorists coming after you one day,” he said.
“Evil is very sensitive to cowardice. Evil will always remember those who fear it or try to bargain with it. When it comes to you, no one will protect you.”