Another day in Ukraine gets marked by Russian missile strikes. On January 14th, an informal, yet widely celebrated holiday both in Russia and Ukraine, the so-called Old New Year (the start of the New Year according to the Julian calendar) Russians launched three air strikes, 57 missile strikes and carried out 69 attacks from heavy weapon rocket salvo systems, Reuters says.
Lviv, Odesa, Kyiv, Ivano-Frankivsk, and other regions were attacked, in many of which the critical infrastructure was targeted. In Dnipro, however, the missile X-22, launched from the Kursk region in Russia at around 3:30 p.m. (local time), hit an apartment building. The block which got destroyed had 72 apartments where between 100 and 200 people were registered as permanent residents, 50 of them - children.
The rescue operations continue. While civilians join efforts in cleaning up the rubble, those who are stuck underneath send out text messages to let others know they are alive. Sometimes rescuers ask everyone on-site to stay silent to hear the shouting of survivors under the ruins and locate them. In the other blocks of the building, people who are stuck on higher floors send signals to rescuers with flashlights and mobile phones.
The latest updates on the official Telegram page of Dnipro Council’s head, Mykola Lukashuk, reveal information about 21 deaths, one being a child. 73 are injured, 14 of them - children. 35 are still missing. The rescue operation is expected to end tonight.
Dnipro’s main blood donation center has announced an urgent need for all types of blood donors, while the city’s authorities declared three days of mourning after the Russian terrorist attack.
On Saturday, more than 20 Russian rockets were shot down by Ukraine. However, as the commander of Ukrainian Air Forces, Mykola Oleshchuk, reported, Ukraine still does not have air defense systems that would be able to shoot down an X-22 type of missile. Since the beginning of the war, Russia launched 210 such missiles at Ukraine. Patriot PAC-3 or SAMP-T systems would give Ukraine the ability to shoot them down, however, the delivery remains to be in progress.
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