As search and rescue efforts go on in Uman, Moscow police destroy impromptu memorial to victims

29 April, 11:37 AM
Rescuers in a nine-story building in Uman that was destroyed by a Russian strike (Photo:State Emergency Service)

Rescuers in a nine-story building in Uman that was destroyed by a Russian strike (Photo:State Emergency Service)

Search and rescue efforts are continuing at the site of a Russian missile strike on a high-rise building in Uman in central Ukraine, with the death toll remaining at 23, including four children, the State Emergency Service reported in the morning of April 29.

Currently, rescuers are dismantling structures and searching for possible victims and injured persons at the scene of the tragedy. So far, 247 cubic meters of construction debris have been removed, and 27 pieces of equipment and more than 100 emergency workers from the State Emergency Service are working on the site.

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In addition to the 23 dead, 18 people were injured and 17 were rescued. Psychologists from the State Emergency Service are providing assistance to 115 citizens.

Meanwhile, in Moscow, local police were harassing people bringing flowers to the monument to Ukrainian poet Lesya Ukrainka in the center of the Russian capital, where an impromptu memorial to the victims of the missile strike by Russia on April 28 had been set up.

Russian independent publication Meduza and the Astra Telegram channel reported that flowers with a sign “Uman. Dnipro” had appeared near the monument in memory of the Ukrainian civilians killed by Russian missiles in two Ukrainian cities.

However, on the evening of April 29, police officers arrived at the monument, and began taking pictures of the flowers and those who brought them. People were also asked for their home address, and one of the police officers, according to eyewitnesses, advised a women who laid flowers at the monument to “go away to Ukraine.”

Finally, according to Astra, Russian security forces collected all the flowers and threw them away.

Earlier, the Russian Ministry of Defense cynically boasted of the strike on a residential building in Uman.

The Russian agency posted a photo of a missile on Telegram with the caption “Righton target,” just hours after the Russian military’s deadly missile strikes on Ukrainian residential buildings.

Responding on social media, the head of the Ukrainian President’s Office, Andriy Yermak, said that this was an obvious sign of mental illness in “a whole nation of terrorists and killers.”

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