(CNN) – The death toll from a Russian rocket attack on a block of flats in Dnipro rose to 36, Ukrainian officials said Monday after missiles and explosions could be heard across the country.
Valentyn Reznichenko, head of the Dnepropetrovsk regional military administration, said 39 people, including 14 children, have been rescued so far and up to 35 people may still be under the rubble. The latest death toll of 36 included two children and another 75 people were injured in the strike, according to the National Police of Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy earlier said that “dozens” of people, including a 3-year-old girl, were rescued from the building, although most floors were “shattered” in the strike.
According to the president, 72 homes were destroyed and more than 230 homes damaged in Saturday’s strikes.
The Ukrainian Air Force said the Russian missile fired at the Dnipro apartment block was a Kh-22 – the same type that hit one busy mall in central Ukraine last summer.
Yurii Ihnat, spokesman for the Ukrainian Air Force, said the Kh-22 “was shot down by a long-range Tu-22M3 bomber launched from the area near Kursk and the Sea of Azov.”
“There were a total of five launches of these missiles,” Ihnat said.
The Kh-22 is an older cruise missile that is less accurate than most modern missiles.
Reznichenko’s adviser Natalia Babachenko said earlier that at least 75 people were injured in Saturday’s attack, 30 of whom are still hospitalized – 12 of whom remain in serious condition, including a 9-year-old girl.
attack on the capital
Elsewhere, rockets and explosions could be heard everywhere Lviv in the West; Kharkiv in the northeast; Zaporizhia and Dnipro in the south East; Mykolayiv in the south; and Kharkiv to the northeast, officials said.
Authorities in Kyiv said there had been an “attack on the capital”. According to the head of the military administration of the Kyiv region, Oleksiy Kuleba, the explosions could be heard as early as 6 a.m. local time. Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko said strikes had hit the city’s east bank, where several power plants were located. The exact locations of the explosions could not be immediately verified by CNN. A dense fog covered much of the city.
However, Oleksandr Pavliuk, a Kyiv-based commander of the Ukrainian army, said the blasts in Kyiv were not caused by Russian attacks.
“The blasts are not related to the threat from the air or air defenses or any military actions,” Pavliuk wrote on the encrypted social media app Telegram. “If there had been a threat – you would have heard the alarm. The cause of the explosions will be reported separately.”
Russia’s latest nationwide salvo appeared to target critical infrastructure across Ukraine as the Kremlin continues efforts to limit the country’s ability to self-heat and self-power in the dead of winter.
“Fierce Battles” in Soledar
All eyes are on it on the battlefield Soledar, a city of little strategic value that Russia is trying to retake in hopes of giving Russian President Vladimir Putin a symbolic victory. Various units of Ukraine’s military said Soledar remains the scene of “bitter fighting”. The Russian Defense Ministry has claimed that its forces took control of the city, although Kyiv denies this.
After a comprehensive assessment of the situation on the ground in Ukraine, several Western governments have decided to heed Zelenskyy’s longstanding call to supply modern main battle tanks to Kyiv.
France, Poland and the UK have pledged to soon send tanks to Ukraine’s military to help in its efforts to protect itself from Russia. Finland is considering following this example. Britain said it plans to send a dozen Challenger 2 tanks and additional artillery systems. Poland plans to send a company of German-built Leopard tanks, while France will supply its domestic-built AMX 10 RCs.
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