The Russian military has been conducting nocturnal air attacks on cities and regions throughout Ukraine, including the capital city of Kyiv, resulting in at least 12 deaths and dozens of injuries. The search for survivors continued on Friday, hours after the first severe strike in months.
At least 12 individuals were killed in the first significant strikes in over two months when Russia launched missiles at villages bordering Ukraine while residents slept early on Friday. In preparation for launching a counteroffensive to retake territory gained by Russia, Kyiv has initiated morning raids.
In the heart of Uman, firefighters battled a raging blaze that had broken out in an upper-story private residential complex. Ihor Taburets, governor of the region, reported that ten people were killed and nine were taken to the hospital.
Over a large pile of flaming rubble, rescue workers dragged a body bag on a stretcher. A woman approached an adult male who was inconsolable while hiding his face with a mask. A tenant of the apartment building, who only identified herself as Olga, said as rescuers combed through the rubble,
According to Serhiy Lysak, the local governor, a mother and her two-year-old son were murdered when a missile hit their home in the southeast town of Dnipro. The event also resulted in the injuries of three additional people. The Ukrainian military claimed to have destroyed 21 of the 23 cruise missiles fired by the Russian Federation.
The Ukrainian President sent a telegram with photos of the destruction and words saying that Ukraine and the rest of the world should respond fairly to Russian terror. That’s when you tell them, “And it will.” It was unclear on Friday what Russia’s purpose was in its strikes on civilian infrastructure, notably energy plants, which it has hit repeatedly this winter.