May 26, 2023

Two die as Russian rocket hits Ukrainian clinic

Two die as Russian rocket hits Ukrainian clinic

By Biodun Busari 

Two people are feared dead and 23 injured as Russia fired a missile at a medical clinic in the eastern Ukrainian city of Dnipro.

BBC said 21 people are in hospital and three are in serious condition out of the 23 injured victims.

Two boys aged three and six were also among the wounded, according to the regional governor, Serhiy Lysak.

Russian strikes on Ukraine have intensified in recent weeks ahead of an expected Ukrainian counteroffensive.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky posted a video of the damaged clinic that showed firefighters at the scene and smoke billowing from the building.

“Russian terrorists once again confirm their status of fighters against everything humane and honest,” Zelensky said.

Earlier, Lysak said the region came under a “mass attack…with missiles and drones” on Thursday night.

“It was a very difficult night. It was loud,” he said. “Dnipro has suffered.”

BBC verified that the footage posted on social media by Ukrainian authorities which showed a building in flames is of a hospital in Dnipro.

Ukrainian authorities said they shot down 17 missiles and 31 drones launched from Russia overnight.

Several drones and missiles hit targets in Dnipro and the eastern city of Kharkiv, including an oil depot.

Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, was also targeted and officials said fragments of intercepted drones fell on the roof of a shopping centre, while a house and several cars were damaged.

In Russia, a blast damaged a residential and office building in the southern city of Krasnodar, east of Crimea, on Friday morning.

The region’s governor, Veniamin Kondratyev, said it was caused by two Ukrainian drones: “There is some damage to buildings, but critical infrastructure was not damaged. And most importantly, there were no casualties.”

Russia’s Belgorod region, which was the scene of an unprecedented incursion from Ukrainian territory earlier this week, was also hit overnight. 

The village of Kozinka was struck more than 130 times, according to its governor Vyacheslav Gladkov.

Gladkov said one woman was injured. He said the Graivoron district, where the incursion took place, was subject to the worst attacks.

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