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Strike on Zelensky’s home city kills six people

At least six people have been killed by a Russian missile strike on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s home city, Kryvyi Rih, on Monday.

A 10-year-old girl and her 45-year-old mother are among the dead, and 69 others are injured following the missile strikes on high-rise buildings and a university on Monday morning, the BBC reported.

The president’s home town, which has a population of 600,000 people, has been hit consistently by Russian strikes – including back in June, when multiple people were killed and injured, as another apartment was bombed.

Mr Zelensky confirmed early on Monday morning that the apartment block had been hit.

On Monday evening, he confirmed an attack on Kherson where a police officer had been killed and nine people had been wounded from artillery fire. “All of us together in the world can defeat terror!” Mr Zelensky wrote on Twitter.

Emergency services work at a scene after a missile hit an apartment building in Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine, Monday, July 31, 2023. (AP Photo/Libkos)
Emergency services work at a scene after a missile hit an apartment building in Kryvyi Rih,Ukraine. (Photo: Libkos/AP)

Images show parts of the high-rise residential building hollowed out and charred by the strike, with emergency services investigating the rubble.

Serhiy Kysak, the regional governor, wrote on Telegram that the strike was “tragic news”, and that the “city is in mourning”.

The attack comes after Ukraine hit Moscow with three drone attacks in the early hours of Sunday morning, with two slamming into the facades of buildings in an office district housing the headquarters of several major companies and outposts of government ministries.

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