A Russian missile attack on President Zelensky’s hometown killed one police officer and injured 44 others. Civilians were rescued from the rubble of their destroyed homes.
Ten buildings were damaged in the attack on Kryvyi Rih, following a wave of Russian attacks overnight in the center and east of the country.
Three of the people rescued from the rubble were in serious condition. Photos showed smoke rising from the ruins of the building as rescue workers carried an injured person to an ambulance.
In an image of the aftermath, rescue workers are seen pulling at the concrete foundations of a building, exposing a police officer whose face is covered in blood from the explosion. Other photos show wrecked cars covered in debris and firefighters searching through the rubble.
Three administrative buildings were damaged in the attack and seven residential buildings, including a high-rise building, were damaged, regional governor Serhiy Lysak said.
Rescuers and police officers work to free a police officer from the rubble at the site of a Russian missile attack as Russia attacks Ukraine, in Kryvyi Rih, Dnipropetrovsk region, Ukraine, September 8, 2023
Firefighters work at the site of a Russian missile attack in Kryvyi Rih, Dnipropetrovsk region, Ukraine, on September 8, 2023, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine
The police administration building was destroyed and rescue workers pulled several people from the rubble after the attack, Ihor Klymenko, the Ukrainian interior minister, said on Telegram.
A Russian airstrike killed three civilians and injured four others in the village of Odradokamyanka in the southern Ukrainian region of Kherson today.
Three people were also injured in a Russian rocket attack in the eastern city of Sumy.
The southern Mykolaiv region was also targeted, Governor Vitalii Kim said in Telegram.
According to the Ukrainian Interior Ministry, one person was also injured in a Russian rocket attack on the city of Zaporizhia in southern Ukraine.
Russia also carried out its fifth drone strike this week on the southern Odessa region, home to Ukrainian ports on the Black Sea and the Danube that are used to export grain and other agricultural products.
Rescuers and police officers carry a person freed from rubble at a site of a Russian missile attack, during Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kryvyi Rih, Dnipropetrovsk region, Ukraine, September 8, 2023
In this photo provided by Ukrainian Emergency Services, rescue workers work to extinguish a fire following a Russian attack in Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine, Friday, September 8, 2023.
A view shows the grounds of a local police headquarters, which was heavily damaged by a Russian missile attack during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in Kryvyi Rih, Dnipropetrovsk region, Ukraine, September 8, 2023.
A local tries to extinguish burning buildings at a site of a Russian missile attack as Russia attacks Ukraine, in Kryvyi Rih, Dnipropetrovsk region, Ukraine, September 8, 2023
Russia has stepped up airstrikes on Ukraine’s grain export infrastructure on the Danube and the port of Odessa since mid-July, when Moscow canceled the United Nations-brokered deal that allowed safe Ukrainian grain exports across the Black Sea.
Officials said air defenses shot down 16 of the 20 drones launched by Russia overnight. According to the southern military command, 14 drones were shot down over the Odessa region and two more over the southern Mykolaiv region.
Oleh Kiper, the governor of the Odessa region, said a non-residential building was damaged by debris from a drone, but gave no further details. He reported no casualties in the Odessa region.
Also on Friday was the funeral of an 18-year-old who was among 16 people killed in a Russian attack on a market in Kostiantynivka in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region on Wednesday.
The attack, which injured 33 other people, devastated the market and overshadowed a two-day visit by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken aimed at assessing Ukraine’s three-month-old counteroffensive and announcing another billion in additional U.S. support to signal US dollars (801 million pounds) in aid.
Britain announced on Friday that it would host a global food security summit in November in response to Russia’s withdrawal from a Black Sea grain deal and attacks on Ukraine’s grain supplies.
Burning buildings are seen at a site of a Russian missile attack as Russia attacks Ukraine, in Kryvyi Rih, Dnipropetrovsk region, Ukraine, September 8, 2023.
A view shows destroyed cars at the premises of a local police headquarters, which was heavily damaged by a Russian missile attack during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in Kryvyi Rih, Dnipropetrovsk region, Ukraine, September 8, 2023.
The announcement came as British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak arrived in India for a G20 summit, where he plans to mobilize international resources to counter the war’s impact on global food supplies.
Sunak’s government said Royal Air Force planes would fly over the Black Sea to stop Russia from attacking cargo ships carrying grain from Ukraine.
Meanwhile, Russia is holding local elections in the part of the Kherson region it controls.
Local elections are also taking place in the Donetsk, Luhansk and Zaporizhia regions.
In Kherson, residents and Ukrainian activists reported that election workers accompanied by armed soldiers made home visits.
Ukraine has rejected the elections, calling on its allies to condemn Russia’s actions and urging them not to recognize any government created by the vote.