Children’s playground hit in Kyiv attack, Ukrainian official says

Rescuers work at a site of a residential area heavily damaged by a Russian missile strike in Zaporizhzhia on October 9. Reuters

Ukrainian officials reported casualties in the southeastern city of Zaporizhzhia on Monday after a Russian missile strike destroyed a building.

In a Telegram post, Oleksandr Starukh, head of the Zaporizhzhia regional military administration, said: « Another multi-storey residential building was destroyed as a result of a rocket attack in the center of Zaporizhzhia. »

« There are victims, » ​​he added. « Rescuers, doctors and all relevant services are working at the scene of the tragedy. All necessary assistance is being provided to the victims. »

A bit of context: Dozens of people have been killed and injured in Russian missile attacks on residential buildings in Zaporizhzhia over the past week. The city is not far from the front line and the site of a nuclear power station which the international community watches with suspicion.

Part of the wider region is occupied by Russian forces and last week Russian President Vladimir Putin signed measures to annex four regions of Ukraine, including Zaporizhzhia, in violation of international law.

Moscow denies deliberately attacking civilians.

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