Russia attacks Zelenskyy’s hometown and regional center in Ukraine’s east

March 13,2024 494
Russia attacks Zelenskyy’s hometown and regional center in Ukraine’s east

Over the past day, the Russians targeted two residential buildings in large Ukrainian cities – Kryvyi Rih, an industrial city in the center of Ukraine with a population of over half a million, and Sumy, a regional center in the northeast with a population of over 250,000 people.

On the evening of March 12, invaders launched a Kh-59 guided missile towards Kryvyi Rih. Wreckage hit a multi-story building, causing a fire.

As of the morning of March 13, there is information about five people killed, with 44 more people injured in the attack on Kryvyi Rih. 

“Tomorrow, March 14, will be declared a day of mourning in Kryvyi Rih for those who lost their lives in the enemy’s terrorist attack on our city. Condolences to the families and loved ones of the deceased,” wrote the head of the Defense Council of Kryvyi Rih, Oleksandr Vilkul.

Additionally, 11 adults (4 of them in critical condition) and 9 children (2 of them in critical condition) are currently in hospitals. “Doctors are fighting for their lives, providing all necessary assistance,” Vilkul added. The aftermath of the attack has been under cleanup throughout the night and continues.

Over 300 apartments, 20 multi-story buildings, 2 kindergartens, 2 schools, a business, an administrative building, a store, and other facilities have been damaged.

On the night of March 13, during a drone attack, Russians also targeted a multi-apartment residential building in Sumy, as reported by the regional military administration. The drone hit between two entrances, completely destroying 8 apartments.

“Emergency and rescue services are working at the scene. The consequences of the strike are being clarified,” wrote the local authorities. As of 10:00 on March 13, a fire is raging on the premises, and people may be trapped under the rubble. Additionally, 8 injuries have been reported.

Cover: State Emergency Service of Ukraine