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‘Massive missile’ attack by Russia kills at least 3 in Ukraine’s Kryvyi Rih

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By Max Hunder

KRYVYI RIH, Ukraine (Reuters) -Russia launched a “massive missile” attack overnight on the central Ukrainian city of Kryvyi Rih, killing at least three people and wounding 25 and damaging civilian infrastructure, Ukrainian officials said early on Tuesday.

Rescue operations were underway in a burning five-storey apartment building and in a destroyed warehouse, Serhiy Lysak, governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region where Kryvyi Rih is located said on the Telegram messaging app.

“There are still people under the rubble of a building. There was a fire there,” Lysak said, giving the preliminary casualty figures, and posting a photograph of the apartment block with smoke pouring out of some of the blown out windows.

City mayor Oleksandr Vilkul said at least seven people were believed to be trapped under the rubble, without providing more details. Reuters could not independently verify the report.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy who was born in Kryvyi Rih, also condemned the attack on his hometown.

“Russian killers continue their war against residential buildings, ordinary cities and people,” he said on Telegram messaging app.

During the early hours of Tuesday, air raid sirens blared across the whole of Ukraine, with Kyiv’s military officials saying air defence forces destroyed all Russian missiles targeting the Ukrainian capital.

Ukraine’s top military command said that air forces destroyed 10 out of 14 cruise missiles Russia launched on Ukraine and one of the four Iranian-made drones.

It was not immediately clear how many missiles hit Kryvyi Rih and where the Russia-launched drones struck their targets.

There was no immediate comment from Russia about the reported strikes. Both Russia and Ukraine deny targeting civilians in the war which Russia launched on its neighbour nearly 16 months ago.

The mayor of the city of Kharkiv in Ukraine’s east said on his Telegram channel that Russian drones hit civilian infrastructure there, striking a warehouse and a utility firm’s building. There was no immediate information about casualties.

(Reporting by Valentyn Origenko, Serhiy Karazy and Lidia Kelly;Writing by Lidia Kelly in Melbourne and Aleksandar Vasovic in Belgrade; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

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