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Central Ukraine city attacked by Russia; four killed 



This handout photograph taken and released by Ukrainian Emergency Service on July 31, 2023 shows a nine-storey residential building partially destroyed as a result of Russian missile strike in Kryvyi Rig, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. – Two people were killed after a Russian missile attack on central Ukrainian city of Kryvyi Rig on July 31, 2023 morning, Ukrainian Interior Minister said. (Photo by Handout / UKRAINIAN EMERGENCY SERVICE / AFP)


At least four people were killed including a 10-year-old child after a Russian missile attack on the central Ukrainian city of Kryvyi Rig on Monday, officials said.

“There’s already four dead in Kryvyi Rig,” Sergiy Lysak, the head of the military administration for the Dnipropetrovsk region, wrote on Telegram.

Among the dead were a 10-year-old girl and her 45-year-old mother, the head of the city’s military administration Oleksandr Vilkul said in televised comments.

The other two victims were two men, while another 53 people were injured, Vilkul said.

“(Several) people may remain under the rubble,” he added.

Part of a nine-story apartment block hit by the strike collapsed while the rubble was being cleared, the emergency ministry said.

Two missiles landed close to the center of the city just after 9:00 am (0600 GMT), interior minister Igor Klymenko wrote on Telegram.

One of the strikes hit the residential block, punching a huge hole in the facade that destroyed apartments on several floors and sparked a fire.

Firefighters were using a cherry-picker crane to direct jets of water at the fire.

President Volodymyr Zelensky, who was born and grew up in Kryvyi Rig, said Russians were “continuing to terrorize peaceful cities and people.”

The strikes also hit a crossroads and an educational building, Zelensky said.

Vilkul said the second damaged building was part of the Kryvyi Rig Professional College of the National University of Economics and Management.

The strikes came after a missile attack last month destroyed a five-story apartment building in the city and killed 12 people.

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