Death toll in Uman rises to 21 after Russian missile attack on Ukrainian apartment block UPDATED

28 April, 01:10 PM
A nine-story building in Uman hit by a Russian missile (Photo:REUTERS/Carlos Barria)

A nine-story building in Uman hit by a Russian missile (Photo:REUTERS/Carlos Barria)

The death toll in a Russian missile strike on a high-rise building in the town of Uman, Cherkasy Oblast, early on April 28 has risen to 21, Ukraine’s Interior Ministry has reported.

Part of a body was retrieved from the rubble of the partially destroyed apartment block, rescuers reported.

Nine injured civilians remain in hospitals, the ministry added. A further nine people were injured but did not require hospitalization.

A three-day period of mourning has been declared in the town, said Uman Mayor Iryna Pletnyova.

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All entertainment events have been canceled indefinitely.

REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Photo: REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Ukraine’s Olympic champion sprint canoeist, Liudmyla Luzan, said she was near the high-rise building that was hit by the Russian missile. She was preparing to race this afternoon in the Ukrainian Rowing Cup.

REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Photo: REUTERS/Carlos Barria

“The tragedy took place next to a hotel where our team is staying,” she wrote on Instagram.

Luzan added that the 200 meter finals were supposed to take place in Uman today, but she would not take part in them after the Russian deadly missile strike.

“I consider it inappropriate when the town is in mourning, and we’ll be performing after a missile attack, watching the town in panic and grief,” the champion wrote.

“My condolences to all the families of the dead and injured.”

Russia launched a massive missile attack on Ukraine overnight on April 28.

In total, air defense forces shot down 21 out of 23 missiles, including 11 outside Kyiv, as well as two drones.

REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Photo: REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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