Woman crouches in remains of Ukrainian apartment block: survivor, 23, lost her husband in war

A young woman in Ukraine went viral on Sunday after being rescued from the fifth floor of an apartment block completely destroyed by Russian strikes – just weeks after losing her husband, who was killed in the war.

Anastasia Shvets, 23, was in the bathroom of her apartment at the time of the explosion and was left hidden in a corner of the apartment, clutching a green teddy bear and a gold decorative garland.

She was left with her hands in front of her face in shock after being at the center of the attack on a block of flats in Dnipro on Saturday night.

Pictures from the scene appeared to show her in tears as she was pulled from the rubble by emergency services.

The 23-year-old was shocked to realize she was completely alone in the rubble

The 23-year-old was shocked to realize she was completely alone in the rubble

She was seen clutching a green teddy bear and a festive garland as rescuers led her away from the building

She was seen clutching a green teddy bear and a festive garland as rescuers led her away from the building

She had eaten in the kitchen with her parents just before the rocket hit, only to go to the bathroom and then see her kitchen and her parents nowhere.

A photographer captured her horror shortly after the strike, when she apparently realized she was alone.

She described having “no words…no emotions” after the attack as she posted to her followers from her hospital bed.

She sustained wounds to her head and legs and does not know if her parents survived the missile attack.

She added: “I want to see my parents. I have pain. Do I even exist?’

Russia fired a massive wave of missiles at Ukraine on Saturday night after halting strikes over the Orthodox Christmas holiday last week.

Putin’s officials claimed Ukrainian air defense systems hit their missile over Dnipro and deflected it into the apartment block, but Ukrainian officials said they were unable to shoot down ballistic missiles and cruise missiles.

Ms Shvets tragically lost her husband to the war in Ukraine just months before last night’s attack.

She previously said: “I still can’t get over the fact that it’s been two weeks since I heard your voice and saw your smile.

“When was the last time you told me how much you love me? Everything was finished, all dreams and our goals.’

Ms Shvets, who posted an update from her hospital bed, was seen still clutching the green dinosaur she used to escape her apartment

Ms Shvets, who posted an update from her hospital bed, was seen still clutching the green dinosaur she used to escape her apartment

She shared photos of her remarkably minor injuries with her followers on Instagram

She shared photos of her remarkably minor injuries with her followers on Instagram

Ms Shvets lost her husband (pictured) just months ago and is not sure where her parents are at the moment

Ms Shvets lost her husband (pictured) just months ago and is not sure where her parents are at the moment

Ms Shvets wrote on Instagram on Sunday:

Ms Shvets wrote on Instagram on Sunday: “I have no words, I have no emotions, I feel nothing but a great emptiness inside” (Image: Ms Shvets before the attack)

At least 21 people were killed in the strike, which Ms Shvets, pictured on her Instagram, miraculously survived

At least 21 people were killed in the strike, which Ms Shvets, pictured on her Instagram, miraculously survived

A rescue mission is still underway in Dnipro after Russian missiles hit the building in the central Ukrainian city last night.

Harrowing images from the scene show survivors being pulled from the rubble of what was left of the block, including the injured.

At least 35 people are still missing and 73 were injured, regional council chief Mykola Lukaschuk wrote on the messaging app Telegram.

“Burning to hell, Russian killers,” he wrote.

Regional governor Valentyn Reznichenko said seven children were taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Ms Shvets wrote on Instagram on Sunday: “I have no words, I have no emotions, I feel nothing but a great emptiness inside.

“I have not lived, but existed all along. […]

“I was obscured by the door in bed[room]part of the kitchen, bathroom, kitchen, hallway and pantry (as the “pantry” will be at home) is gone, there is a chasm and I see other parts of the entrance, the entrance of another.

“Despite the wound on my head and my bare legs, I am almost unharmed.

“I don’t know where my parents are.

“They say they saw me alive, I’m sure they were in the kitchen which isn’t there anymore.

“I didn’t want to flee, I wanted my parents to be found. I understand Richard is gone. He barely survived.

“I remember my dad’s silly jokes today, how we took pictures of puppies with my mom today, eating my mom’s udon.

‘I became popular, although I didn’t want to, almost everyone’s public [media company] released [photographs of] me. And I want to see my parents.

‘I have pain. Do I even exist?’

Rescue workers clear the rubble after a Russian missile struck a multi-story building in Dnipro, Ukraine, Saturday January 14, 2023, leaving many people under the rubble

Rescue workers clear the rubble after a Russian missile struck a multi-story building in Dnipro, Ukraine, Saturday January 14, 2023, leaving many people under the rubble

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Emergency services evacuated a person at the site of the rocket attack on Sunday morning

A rescue team works under the rubble of a damaged residential building hit by shells January 14, 2023 in Dnipro, southeast Ukraine

A rescue team works under the rubble of a damaged residential building hit by shells January 14, 2023 in Dnipro, southeast Ukraine

Rescuers clear rubble with many people under the rubble in the southeastern city of Dnipro

Rescuers clear rubble with many people under the rubble in the southeastern city of Dnipro, Ukraine, January 14, 2023

Rescue workers carry a woman rescued from the block of flats from the crime scene to a waiting ambulance on Sunday

Rescue workers carry a woman rescued from the block of flats from the crime scene to a waiting ambulance on Sunday

A Dnipro citizen cries as she watches firefighters and other rescue workers try to rescue survivors

A Dnipro citizen cries as she watches firefighters and other rescue workers try to rescue survivors

Smoke was still rising from the destroyed building Sunday morning as firefighters continued to rescue those trapped inside

Smoke was still rising from the destroyed building Sunday morning as firefighters continued to rescue those trapped inside

A rescue worker carries a cat that was pulled alive from the wreck after the horrific blow to safety

A rescue worker carries a cat that was pulled alive from the wreck after the horrific blow to safety

The death toll, currently 21, is likely to rise amid fears dozens of people are still trapped under the rubble. By midday Sunday, the city’s mayor said the chance of finding more survivors was already slim.

The entire block was obliterated into a mountain of brick and mortar, with twisted bits of charred metal strewn about nearby streets.

“They (Russians) are just inhuman. At least one staircase has disappeared. Under the rubble are people who were home over the holidays,” said Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the president’s office.

Firefighters were deployed to put out the flames with a hose after the attack, while rescuers began sifting through the rubble in hopes of finding survivors.

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Bradford Betz

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