Russian Attacks Across Ukrainian Cities Leave 26 Dead, including 5 Children

Russian Attacks Across Ukrainian Cities Leave 26 Dead, 5 Of Them Children

Russian Attacks Across Ukrainian Cities Leave 26 Dead, including 5 Children

On Friday, Russian airstrikes pounded Ukrainian cities, killing 26 people, including five children, despite Kyiv's claims that preparations for a counteroffensive against Moscow's soldiers were almost complete.

The devastating new attacks included a strike on a residential block in the medieval city of Uman in central Ukraine, where AFP journalists observed rescue workers removing victims' remains from a wrecked apartment structure.

Following the repeated Russian airstrikes that sought to disable Ukraine's energy grid during the winter, a pause of almost two weeks was broken by the barrage of nearly two dozen missiles.

Another child's body was discovered under the debris on Friday night by workers in Uman, the location of an annual Hasidic pilgrimage. According to the authorities, four children were among the 23 individuals killed in Uman by Russian cruise missiles.

Dmitry, a 33-year-old inhabitant of the Russian-controlled city of Lugansk in the east, was looking for his kids earlier in the day.
"I want to see my kids, they're under the rubble," he stated.

In the 80,000-person metropolis, rescuers were using cranes to sift through the wreckage of the multi-story apartment complex for survivors. "I've seen a lot, but I've never lost my kids before. Now, whether they're alive or not, I want to see my kids," Dmitry remarked.

Russian missiles also struck the city of Dnipro in the center, which was already in mourning following a strike on a tower block in January that claimed the lives of more than 40 people.

The attacks in Dnipro, according to the authorities, killed a 31-year-old lady and her 2-year-old daughter while they slept. The young woman's parents were taken to the hospital.

Regional officials reported: "Neighbors say it was a quiet and kind family."

Furthermore, authorities in the southern Kherson region reported on Friday night that three people were injured and a 57-year-old woman was killed when Russian forces shelled the village of Bilozerka.

Volodymyr Zelensky, who is the president of Ukraine, denounced the most recent barrage and pledged retaliation.

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