A gutted building, at least 20 victimsincluding one 15 years old, and several injured, including children. TO Dnipro Saturday 14 January a Russian attack once again showed the most violent face of the war which also affects civilians. On the day that British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced that London would supply Challenger 2 tanks and other artillery systems to Kiev, Russian rockets targeted several Ukrainian cities for the first time since the beginning of the year. Specifically in the city of Dnipro in southeastern Ukraine, a 9-story apartment building was gutted.
The number of casualties continued to climb throughout the night and as of now, the latest news is talking about 20 deadincluding a 15-year-old, as reported by the Kyiv Independent quoting the governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region, Valentin Reznichenko. At least 73 were injured, including 14 children. According to Reznichenko, more than 40 people have been hospitalized in local hospitals. In all, 72 families no longer have a home after the attack: the apartments have been completely destroyed. Another 230, however, were damaged in the attack while 1,700 homes were left without electricity and heating.
Rescuers worked all night for pull people out of the rubble: at 4 in the morning there were 38 people extracted. Meanwhile, the Dnipro authorities have announced three days of mourning in the city, starting from Sunday 15 January, for the victims of the attack: the announcement was made by the Dnipro City Council, as reported by Ukrainska Pravda. “Three days of mourning have been proclaimed for the people killed in a missile attack on an apartment building in the Peremoha residential area in the city of Dnipro,” reads a statement.
Also Unicef Italy intervened on the story involving several children. “As Unicef in Ukraine we have information of many children injured by the attack that hit a residential building in Dnipro yesterday. Children and civilian infrastructure are not a target. Children must be protected at all times,” the spokesperson said Andrea Iacomini. “There are too many lives cut short by the attack on Dnipro. Many boys and girls continue to be injured, traumatized by attacks every day in Ukraine. We ask for peace for every girl and boy now,” concluded the spokesman.