Rescue workers searched through the rubble for survivors Monday after Russian missiles slammed into the central Ukrainian city of Kryvyi Rih, killing at least five people and wounding dozens more in the hometown of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, authorities said.
The attack came a day after three Ukrainian drones damaged buildings in Moscow, prompting it Zelenskyy to say it was “inevitable, natural and … just” to bring the war to Russian soil.
Ukrainian Human Rights Commissioner Dmytro Lubinets said at least 53 people were injured, including five children, in the attack on Kryvyi Rih. A nine-story apartment building and a four-story university building were severely damaged in the city of more than 600,000 people, authorities said.
“During the search and rescue operation, a damaged building collapsed and there may still be people under the concrete debris,” Lubinets said on Telegram. “The killing country will be held accountable before the court for what it has done.
“We will not forgive.”
Governor Serhiy Lysak said 150 people fled the apartment building, while rescuers rescued more than 30 from the wreckage.
Russian missiles and attack drones have routinely blown up residential and commercial buildings across Ukraine since the war began more than 17 months ago. These attacks have increased in recent days amid a series of far less damaging Ukrainian drone strikes on Moscow and Crimea that the Kremlin has branded “terrorism”.
“The enemy has been stubbornly attacking cities, urban centers, shelling civilian objects and homes,” Ukraine Zelneskyy said. “But this terror will not frighten us or break us.”
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∎ Ukraine’s birth rate fell by 28% in the first six months of 2023 compared to the first six months of 2022, Ukrainian data firm Opendatabot reported. The biggest previous drop also came during war, the firm reported — after Russia’s attack and seizure of Crimea, birth rates fell by about 12% in 2015.
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∎ China tightened export controls on civilian drones on Monday to ensure they are not used for military purposes in Ukraine or elsewhere. The new rules make it clear that drones cannot be exported if the exporter knows – or should have known – that the drones can be used for military purposes.
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Both major US political parties may escalate the war for more votes in the 2024 election, a top Russian lawmaker said on Monday. In an interview with Russia’s Arguments and factsKonstantin Kosachev, deputy chairman of the Federation Council, warned Russians that Democrats and Republicans will not hesitate to use foreign policy to win over voters.
“The US presidential campaign, which will culminate in 2024, may turn out to be a very unfortunate, if not fatal, circumstance,” Kosachev said. “I can’t say that there will definitely be a worsening, but such a risk exists, that’s obvious to me.”