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Russian air strikes on various Ukrainian cities have resulted in the deaths of 19 people

On April 28, 2023, Russia launched a series of missile attacks on Ukraine, killing at least 19 people and injuring 17 others. According to reports, among the dead were three children, including a toddler, and a 75-year-old woman. Russia fired more than 20 cruise missiles and two drones at Ukraine. 


The pre-dawn attack in Uman resulted in a nine-storey apartment building partially collapsing, with residents trapped under the rubble. As rescuers worked to retrieve belongings and fix broken windows, residents claimed that there was no military target in the area and that the attack occurred as people were sleeping. The attacks coincide with Ukrainian forces stating that they are ready to launch a military offensive with new equipment, including tanks, supplied by Western allies. Russian officials claim that they do not intentionally target civilians, but thousands of Ukrainian citizens have been injured or killed since Russia's invasion. Almost all the casualties occurred when two missiles slammed into an apartment building in the centre of the country. The strike occurred in Uman, a city located around 215 kilometres south of Kyiv. 


According to Volodymyr Zelensky, president of Ukraine, the apartment complex was one of 10 residential structures in Uman that suffered damage.


Russian defence officials said that the latest long-range air-launched cruise missiles launched overnight were aimed at places where Ukrainian military reserve units were staying before their deployment to the battlefield. 


Reports suggest that Ukraine's air defence system shot down 21 out of 23 missiles and two attack drones. The Russian-installed mayor of Donetsk claimed that seven people were killed when Ukrainian artillery shells hit a minibus in the separatist-run city. 


"Evil can be stopped by weapons - our defenders are doing it. And it can be stopped by sanctions - global sanctions must be enhanced," Zelensky tweeted.


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