Russian missile strike destroys five-storey residential building in Zaporizhzhia, kills at least three people

Overnight, the Russian army carried out a missile strike on a five-storey residential building in the city of Zaporizhzhia, killing at least three people, according to initial reports, Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak says.

He adds that five people have been hospitalised. People are still trapped under the rubble.

According to the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, 11 people have been rescued from under the rubble, including a pregnant woman; 20 people have been evacuated from another sector of the building.

The search and rescue operations are still ongoing.

Yesterday evening, Russian forces conducted a strike on civil and critical infrastructure in the city of Kremenchuk, Poltava region, head of the region Dmytro Lunin said.

Sounds of explosions were also reported at around 7 PM yesterday in the Sumy region of Ukraine. According to the Sumy region military administration, air defence was activated. Local authorities said that the Russian Armed Forces had shelled the region 31 times. No one was hurt, no damages were reported.

According to Wednesday evening’s bulletin of the General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, Russian troops continue advancing in five directions: Kupyansk, Lumanske, Bakhmut, Avdiivka, and Shakhtarsk. Furthermore, the Russian army “is trying to create conditions to go on an offensive” in certain parts of the Zaporizhzhia and Kherson directions.

Over the past day, Russian forces carried out strikes against civilian facilities in the Kharkiv region thrice, injuring civilians. The Russian army also conducted 16 airstrikes, including using two Iranian drones, Ukraine’s Armed Forces state.

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