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Russian missile hits Ukrainian apartment building; one killed – Usky News



KyivA Russian missile struck an apartment building in the center of Kramatorsk on Tuesday, killing at least one person and injuring seven others in one of Ukraine’s major city strongholds in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region, as It fights against an invasion of Moscow, officials said. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky Posted a video showing gaping holes in the fa├žade of a low-rise building that bore the brunt of the strike.
Ukrainian General Prosecutor’s Office and Regional Government. Pavlo kirilenko Posting pictures of a building with a pile of debris in front of it, it also reported the attack.
Kyrylenko said nine apartment blocks, a kindergarten, a local bank branch and two cars were damaged by the impact.
The war that erupted after Russia launched its full-scale invasion in February 2022 has resulted in heavy civilian casualties.
Ukrainian officials said Tuesday’s victims killed at least seven civilians and wounded 30 in 24 hours.
They include a 55-year-old woman who died when a Russian shell hit her car in a border town in northeastern Ukraine on Tuesday.
“Russian troops are attacking residential buildings, schools and hospitals, leaving cities on fire and in ruins,” regional governor Kirilenko said on Ukrainian television.
“Mark each meter (yard) of your progress on Russian territory not only with your own blood, but with the (lost) lives of civilians.”
Kramatorsk is the local Ukrainian Army headquarters. Ukrainian officials say it has been regularly targeted by Russian shelling and other attacks in the past.
Last April a missile attack on the city’s train station, for which Kiev and most of the international community blamed Moscow, killed several dozen people and injured more than 100.
Russia welcomed the Chinese peace offer to end the fighting, but Kremlin spokesman Dmitry peskov Said on Tuesday that Moscow was left with only military options after Kiev refused to negotiate.
Beijing has said it has “friendship without borders” with Russia and has refused to criticize Moscow’s invasion, or even refer to it as an invasion.
“We must achieve our goals,” Peskov told reporters.
“Given the current stance of the Kiev regime, this is now possible only through military means.”
Military analysts say, however, that Moscow’s efforts to achieve its goals in Ukraine have been slowed by poor war management and low resources following Ukraine’s retaliatory push back late last year.
Britain’s Defense Ministry said on Tuesday that Russia’s artillery ammunition shortages “have worsened to such an extent that extremely punitive ammunition rationing is in force on many parts of the front.”
This shortcoming, it said, “almost certainly has been a significant reason why no Russian formation has been able to actively generate significant offensive action recently.”
In other developments:
Iceland’s Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir made an unannounced visit to Kiev on Tuesday.
He laid flowers at a ceremony for Ukrainian volunteers who have been killed in fighting since 2014, when Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula and Russia-backed separatists started an insurgency in the eastern Donbass region.
Jakobsdottir was expected to meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during her visit.

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