117 people have been reported injured after the Russian missiles hit an office block and residential buildings.
People Flee As Russian Missiles Hit Vinnytsia In Central Ukraine Killing 23 People
People were diving for cover and fleeing as Russian missiles hit the city center of Vinnytsia in central Ukraine in an attack that has killed 23 people, including three children.
According to the latest figures, 117 people have also been reported injured after the Russian missiles hit an office block and residential buildings in the city center of Vinnytsia, in west-central Ukraine, far from the front lines.
These figures are from the State Emergency Service (SES) of Ukraine, which also said that it is looking for 39 people who are currently missing, adding that 34 others are in serious condition.
They said on Friday, July 15, that 437 people are involved in rescue efforts at the scene.
Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelensky, has accused Russia of terrorism. President Zelensky said at about 11 am on Thursday, July 14: “Vinnytsia. Rocket strikes in the city center. There are wounded and dead, among them a small child.
“Every day, Russia destroys the civilian population, kills Ukrainian children, directs rockets at civilian objects. Where there is nothing military. What is this, if not an open act of terrorism?
“Inhumans. A killer country. A terrorist country.”
And the SES of Ukraine said: “The murderous country launched rocket attacks directly into the crowded center of Vinnytsia, as a result of which a parking lot near the Yuvileynyi House of Life was hit, and the medical diagnostic center was also partially destroyed.”
The Air Force of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said that the Russians fired at the city with Kalibr cruise missiles launched from a submarine in the Black Sea. Ukrainian defenders managed to shoot down two rockets.
Other footage shows the aftermath of the attack, with the severely damaged building still smoking and in ruins, as well as numerous cars in front of it destroyed. Bodies were being removed from the building on stretchers.
Images also show people being removed from the area on stretchers while emergency services work to search for survivors among debris.
Debris can be seen scattered far and wide, with smoke rising in the distance from where the missile hit. Firefighters can be seen arriving on the scene.
We contacted the State Emergency Service of Ukraine for further comment, as well as the Russian Ministry of Defense, but haven’t received a reply at the time of writing.
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin is calling a “special military operation”. July 15 marks the 142nd day of the invasion.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and July 15, Russia had lost about 38,000 personnel, 1,672 tanks, 3,866 armored combat vehicles, 842 artillery units, 247 multiple launch rocket systems, 109 air defense systems, 220 warplanes, 188 helicopters, 681 drones, 155 cruise missiles, 15 warships, 2,731 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 67 units of special equipment.
The United States, as well as over 40 other countries have agreed to coordinate their investigations into suspected Russian war crimes in Ukraine. Forty-five countries, including European Union countries, as well as the US, the UK, Canada, Mexico and Australia signed a declaration at a conference in The Hague on Thursday agreeing to work together.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has said that Russia’s war in Ukraine is the biggest threat to the global economy. She added that representatives of Putin’s regime “have no place” at the G20 meeting in Indonesia.
Oleksandr Kubrakov, Ukraine’s Infrastructure Minister, has said that Kyiv is “definitely a step closer” to being able to export grain through its Black Sea ports after talks with Russia, Turkey and the UN.
The U.S.-based Institute for the Study of War has said that Russia has begun “volunteer mobilizations” to address soldier shortages, saying that Moscow had “likely ordered Russian ‘federal subjects’ (regions) to form volunteer battalions to participate in the Russian invasion of Ukraine, instead of declaring partial or full mobilization in Russia.”
President Zelensky has said that Russia has forcibly removed nearly 2 million people from the country. U.S. secretary of state Antony Blinken called for an immediate halt to Russian deportations of Ukrainian citizens.
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, Dmytro Kuleba, has ruled out giving any territory to Russia as part of any ceasefire deal.