A Russian rocket attack on Dnipro on Friday left at least two people dead and more than 30 injured, including two children, boys aged 3 and 6, officials said.
On Friday, May 26, the Russians attacked the Dnieper twice. At night, the invaders launched a mass strike in the region, as a result of which a private household was set on fire – two houses and a car were damaged. Also, two private businesses were engulfed in flames, a gas station worker was injured. The impact of the sun fell on the building of a veterinary clinic and a medical institution. In total, 500 square meters were covered by the fire.
No military installations
According to the city’s mayor, Boris Filatov, mourning for the dead was declared in Dnipro on Saturday.
“I have just returned from the scene of the tragedy. The rubble is being cleared there. A daytime missile strike destroyed a branch of one of the medical institutions where psychiatric care was provided. In other words, a mental hospital. No one military facilities there,” Filatov wrote.
According to the mayor, the number of victims may increase. “The poor animals at the nearby veterinary clinic also got it. There could have been more victims. In fact, people were saved by a miracle. At the time of the attack, the hospital was changing shifts, ” added the mayor.
One of the dead was a 69-year-old man. “He was just passing by when a Russian terrorist rocket hit the city,” he wrote. The body of another deceased was recovered from the rubble of the veterinary clinic.
The police showed the first fines after the strike in Dnipro pic.twitter.com/03FqeaiQwi
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The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky published on his pages in social networks a video of destroyed buildings shrouded in smoke with broken windows and demolished roofs. “Russian terrorists have reconfirmed their status as fighters against all humane and honest,” Zelensky wrote on his Telegram channel.
The French Foreign Ministry has condemned the latest Russian missile and drone attacks against civilian infrastructure in Ukraine.
“These strikes were deliberately re-directed at civilian targets, especially at the hospital in Dnipro, which is a gross violation of international humanitarian law,” they said.
“As Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Catherine Colonna has repeatedly emphasized, these unacceptable acts are war crimes and must not go unpunished,” added the French Foreign Ministry.
The French side emphasized that it will support Ukrainian courts and the International Criminal Court to bring to justice those involved in these crimes, as well as providing Ukraine with humanitarian and military support “as long as necessary.”
The press service of the Dnepr-1 football club published a post on the official Instagram account, adding a photo with the consequences of the destruction from the rocket attack.
“It’s not people, it’s not people. The Dnieper is hold on,” the club said in a statement.
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