Deadly Russian Missile Attack on Civilians in Zelensky’s Hometown of Kryvyi Rih

June 13, 2023

At least 10 people were killed when Russian missiles struck civilian buildings overnight Monday in Kryvyi Rih, the hometown of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. 

More than two dozen more people were wounded in strikes on a warehouse and a residential building. 

“More terrorist missiles, Russian killers continue their war against residential buildings, ordinary cities and people,” Zelensky posted on Twitter Tuesday morning, along with video of the destruction.

“Unfortunately, there are dead and wounded,” he continued. “The rescue operation in Kryvyi Rih continues. My condolences to all those who have lost their loved ones! [Russian] terrorists will never be forgiven, and they will be held accountable for every missile they launch.”

The governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region, Serhiy Lysak, wrote on Telegram that the bodies of six people were recovered from the warehouse and “another four destinies were cut short by a blow to the five-story [residential] building.”

According to the mayor of Kryvyi Rih, Oleksandr Vilkul, at least 28 people were wounded and at least one person was believed to still be trapped in the rubble at the warehouse as of Tuesday morning.

The attack on civilians in Kryvyi Rih comes as Ukraine is reportedly making small but strategic gains in the Donetsk region in its counteroffensive to take back Russian-occupied territory.

In another Telegram post Ihor Terekhov, the mayor of Kharkiv—which Ukraine recaptured from Russia in last year’s counteroffensive—said his city was also attacked overnight Monday, by Iranian-made Shahed drones that damaged a utilities business and a warehouse there. 

Gov. Oleh Syniehubov added on Telegram that the surrounding region was also shelled. Neither Kharkiv official mentioned any casualties. 

Meanwhile, the head of Ukraine’s ground troops, Oleksandr Syrskyi, wrote on Telegram that their forces were “moving forward” outside the devastated Donetsk city of Bakhmut.

Syrskyi added that Russian forces are “losing positions on the flanks,” while Ukrainian troops were conducting “defensive” operations in the area.

Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar said Monday that Ukrainian troops had recaptured a total of seven villages spanning 35 square miles over the past week. Russia has neither confirmed nor denied those claims. 

PHOTO: Kryvyi Rih missile attack, per @ZelenskyyUa

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