The mayor of Dnipro in Ukraine has warned there may be no further survivors after Saturday’s Russian missile strike on an apartment building.
A whole section of the nine-story block collapsed, and the city administration says at least thirty-five people died. At least thirty-five others are still missing, and seventy-five survivors were injured.
In his evening address on Sunday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky noted he had received many messages of sympathy from around the world and condemned the Russian people’s “cowardly silence” over the Dnipro attack.
Eternal memory to all whose lives were taken by 🇷🇺 terror! The world must stop evil. Debris clearance in Dnipro continues. All services are working. We're fighting for every person, every life. We'll find everyone involved in terror. Everyone will bear responsibility. Utmost. pic.twitter.com/zG4rIF8nzC
— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) January 14, 2023
Victims at Dnipro, Ukraine included a 15-year-old girl
Switching to Russian during his message, he said he wanted to address those “who even now could not utter a few words of condemnation of this terror.”
“Your cowardly silence, your attempt to ‘wait out’ what is happening, will only end with the fact that one day these same terrorists will come for you,” he said.
He added that among the victims of the strike was also a fifteen-year-old girl and that two children had become orphans.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki called the missile strikes “inhuman,” adding that “Russia intentionally keeps on committing war crimes against civilians.”
Russia fired 33 cruise missiles at Ukraine on Saturday
Russia fired thirty-three cruise missiles on Saturday of which twenty-one were shot down, according to General Valerii Zaluzhny, the commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian armed forces.
The missile that hit the apartment building was a Kh-22 launched from Russia’s Kursk region, according to the military’s air force command. He added that Ukraine does not have a system capable of intercepting that type of weapon.
Claiming responsibility for the missile strikes across Ukraine, Russia’s Defense Ministry said Sunday that it achieved its goal.
“All designated targets have been hit,” a ministry statement posted on Telegram read. “The goal of the attack has been achieved. Missiles were fired on the military command and control system of Ukraine and related energy facilities.” The attack on the Dnipro residential building was not mentioned.