90% of debris cleared from residential building in Dnipro destroyed by Russian missile

17 January, 10:17 AM
A house destroyed by a Russian strike (Photo:REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne)

A house destroyed by a Russian strike (Photo:REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne)

Rescuers have dismantled 90% of the ruins of a residential building in Dnipro that was destroyed by a Russian missile on Jan. 14.

The rescue operation has lasted for 63 hours so far, Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Governor Valentyn Reznichenko wrote on Telegram early on Jan. 17.

"Thirty-nine people were rescued, 45 killed, 79 injured – 16 of them are children," he wrote.

Twenty-eight people are being treated in hospital for injuries sustained in the missile strike, including ten who are in a serious condition. Twenty-five of the residents of the building are still missing.

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Ukraine’s Air Force says the missile that struck the multi-storey residential building in Dnipro was a Kh-22 supersonic cruise missile. According to the Air Force, Ukraine lacks the kind of air defenses able to shoot down these kinds of missiles.

The missile, which was designed in the 1960s, was designed to destroy large ships, such as aircraft carriers. It is highly inaccurate, and can deviate from its set target by hundreds of meters.

Ukraine’s SBU security service has identified several people connected to the Russian strategic bomber unit that launched the missile at Dnipro, and has opened war crimes cases against them.

The unit that carried out the strike in Dnipro is also thought to have launched the same type of missile at Kremenchuk in central Ukraine.

The unit, which flies Tu-22M3 bombers, launched two Kh-22 missiles at Kremenchuk on June 27. One of them hit the city’s Amstor shopping mall, and the second a nearby industrial facility.

Forty-five people were killed in the attack, and 79 injured.

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