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Impromptu memorials to honour victims of recent tragedy in Ukraine’s Dnipro spring up in Russia’s St. Petersburg, Krasnodar

People in St. Petersburg and Krasnodar have set up impromptu memorials to commemorate victims of Ukrainians who died in Dnipro after a missile landed on an apartment building.

Flowers and toys can be seen at the monument erected for Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko in Krasnodar. A photo of the destroyed building has also been placed there.

Krasnodar, Taras Shevchenko monumnet. Photo: Sirena

Krasnodar, Taras Shevchenko monumnet. Photo: Sirena

The St. Petersburg memorial also emerged at the Shevchenko monument. People laid out candles to write the word Dnipro in Russian.

St. Petersburg, Taras Shevchenko monument. Photo: Bumaga

St. Petersburg, Taras Shevchenko monument. Photo: Bumaga

Earlier, a Dnipro memorial was also organised in Moscow as residents laid flowers at the Lesya Ukrainka monument. However, law enforcement officers arrived at the site yesterday and arrested four people. The memorial was apparently removed overnight, while a police van was placed nearby to keep watch. At the same time, Moscow residents continue to bring flowers to the monument.

Moscow, Lesya Ukrainka monument. Photo: Echo

Moscow, Lesya Ukrainka monument. Photo: Echo

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On 14 January, Russian troops launched a large-scale missile attack on Ukraine. A missile landed on an apartment building in central Ukraine’s Dnipro, causing its partial collapse. More than 200 flats were destroyed, dozens of people were injured. Residents were flashing phone torch lights to draw attention of rescue missions, were writing SMS, and screaming for help.

The rubble clearance mission was completed on 17 January. In total, 44 people were killed, including four children and a baby boy who was under one year of age. Moreover, 79 building residents were injured with 16 kids among them, 39 people were rescued.

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