Russian missile strike kills woman and destroys building in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine


KYIV, Oct 6 (Reuters) – A Russian rocket destroyed a five-story apartment building in the southern Ukrainian town of Zaporizhzhia, killing at least one woman and leaving other residents trapped under rubble, news said. Thursday the regional governor.

Firefighters rushed to the streets to tackle the blazes after the night’s attack, and more explosions were heard Thursday morning in what local officials said was another Russian strike.

“Another enemy missile attack. Stay in the shelters!” Zaporizhzhia region governor Oleksandr Starukh told residents on the Telegram messaging app.

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He later told Ukrainian television that a woman had been killed in the shelling that night, but said another woman who had been previously reported dead survived.

Twelve people were injured, including a three-year-old child. Five were still under the rubble, he added.

Photographs released by Ukrainian emergency services showed huge piles of rubble where residential buildings had been hit.

The missile strikes underscored Moscow’s ability to hit Ukrainian cities despite recent Russian setbacks in the war.

Russia did not immediately comment on the events in Zaporizhzhia, which is under the control of Ukrainian forces. Moscow has denied deliberately targeting civilians in its “special military operation” in Ukraine.

Zaporizhzhia is one of the four Ukrainian regions annexed by Russia. Ukraine says it will never accept illegal seizure of its territory by force. Kyiv and the West have declared the referendums to be rigged votes held at gunpoint.

President Vladimir Putin has ordered the Russian state to take control of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, which is still run by Ukrainian engineers despite being captured at the start of the war by Russian forces.

The power plant is close to the front line, on one bank of a reservoir under Russian control with Ukrainian forces on the opposite bank. Both sides warned of the danger of a potential nuclear disaster if the plant is hit.

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Reporting by Kyiv Newsroom and by Lidia Kelly in Melbourne; Edited by Timothy Heritage

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