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Ukraine updates: Russia strikes Zelenskyy's hometown

Update : 14 Jun 2023, 01:56

A Russian missile attack has killed eleven in the central city of Kryvyi Rih, officials say, while the death toll in the Kakhovka dam disaster has also risen.

An overnight missile attack by Russian forces has killed at least eleven people and wounded at least 28 others in the central Ukrainian city of Kryvyi Rih, the city mayor, Oleksandr Vilkul, said on Tuesday.

A five-story residential building in the hometown of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was hit early on Tuesday morning. Three cruise missiles were shot down, but others got through, say officials, with at least one person still caught under rubble.

"More terrorist missiles," Zelenskyy wrote on Telegram. "Russian killers continue their war against residential buildings, ordinary cities and people."

Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to the head of the office of the president of Ukraine, said on Twitter that "this kind of thing happens every night … because the Russian Federation is blatantly destroying Ukraine," and urged the international community to make "key decisions."

"I understand that sitting thousands of kilometers away from Ukraine you can talk about 'geopolitics,' 'settlement' and the undesirability of escalation for months," he wrote. "But the key decisions will still have to be made — Russia is bound to lose and sit in the dock …"

The United Nations' humanitarian coordinator in Ukraine, Denise Brown, also condemned the strike, reiterating: "International humanitarian law is clear: civilians and civilian infrastructure are not a target!"

Air attacks were also reported in the capital, Kyiv.

"According to initial reports, the enemy used Kh-101/555 cruise missiles," the military administration of Kyiv city said, adding that all "enemy targets" had been destroyed, and that no casualties had been reported so far.

The northeastern city of Kharkiv also came under attack, with civilian infrastructure being struck by drones, according to the city's mayor.

"According to initial reports, a utility company in the Kyivskyi district, as well as a warehouse in Saltivskyi district got damaged. A fire broke out as a result of the explosion on the latter," Ihor Terekhov said.

There was no immediate comment from Russia about the reported strikes. Russia insists it never targets civilian infrastructure during what it terms its "special military operation" in Ukraine.

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