Rescuers rush to save lots of individuals buried in rubble of a constructing destroyed by a Russian missile.

A Russian strike tore right into a nine-story condominium constructing within the metropolis of Dnipro in central Ukraine, native officers stated, killing at the very least 14 individuals, together with a 15-year-old woman. Scores had been injured.

An enormous hearth burned within the aftermath of the strike, which left a gaping gap within the residential constructing. A lot of the condominium block was decreased to smoldering rubble, and officers stated individuals had been trapped within the particles. A rescue operation was underway, with numerous hearth vans and emergency staff on the scene.

President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine stated that each ground of the constructing had been “smashed” by the explosion from a missile.

“It’s not but recognized how many individuals are beneath the rubble,” he stated in his nightly handle. “Sadly, the dying toll is rising each hour.”

No less than 64 individuals had been injured, together with 14 youngsters, the pinnacle of the Ukrainian army administration for the area, Valentyn Reznichenko, stated in a put up on the Telegram messaging app. He stated that rescuers had been working to succeed in individuals nonetheless trapped, including that greater than three dozen had been pulled from beneath the rubble.

A spokesman for the Ukrainian Air Pressure Command, Yuri Ignat, informed a neighborhood information outlet, Ukrainska Pravda, that the condominium constructing had been hit with a Kh-22 missile fired from a Russian bomber, a robust weapon designed to sink air craft carriers.

As darkness fell, smoke continued to billow over an enormous pile of rubble. One lady stood by a tree, crying, saying she thought her daughter was within the constructing.

Residents of town had turned out in numbers to assist take away burned out automobiles and particles from in entrance of the constructing to clear the trail for hearth vans and rescuers to return in and lift their ladders.

At one level, an order was given for all car engines to be turned off so the rescuers may pay attention for the sounds of individuals trapped beneath the rubble.

Rescuers on cranes had been being guided by the cellphones and flashlights of these trapped, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, the deputy head of the Ukrainian president’s workplace, stated in a Telegram put up. He shared a photograph of an individual holding a lightweight within the window of a broken higher story, the place the entire face of the constructing had been shorn off.

Earlier than issuing his nightly handle, Mr. Zelensky had known as the strike “evil” and posted a picture of the rescue operation.

“We’re combating for each particular person, each life,” he stated in a Telegram put up.

The United Nations resident coordinator for Ukraine, Denise Brown, known as the pictures popping out of Dnipro “horrifying.”

“Dozens of civilians, together with youngsters, killed or injured whereas of their properties,” she wrote on Twitter, including: “Intentional assaults in opposition to civilians is a battle crime.”