Ukraine: 23 bodies pulled from rubble of Dnipro flat block after Russian attack

Emergency personnel work at the site where a block of flats was badly damaged by a Russian missile attack amid Russia's attack on Ukraine in Dnipro, Ukraine January 15, 2023. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Rescuers work at the site where a block of flats was severely damaged by a Russian missile attack (Image: Reuters)

The death toll in a Russian rocket attack on a nine-story apartment building in south-central Ukraine has risen to 23.

Rescuers worked all night after the rocket attack on the block in Dnipro, but at least 40 people are still missing.

According to the state emergency services, a child was also killed in the attack.

At least 72 people were injured, including 13 teenagers, the latest update from the Dnipro City Council said.

There are fears many more are buried under the rubble of the block of flats that housed 1,100 people.

The chances of pulling more survivors from the rubble are “minimal,” said the city’s mayor, Borys Filatov.

DNIPRO, UKRAINE - JANUARY 15: Rescuers search for missing residents after Russian forces bombed a residential building on January 15, 2023 in Dnipro, Ukraine. At least 20 people were reported dead after a missile hit the apartment building on Saturday, part of a new wave of missiles launched by Russia. Ukraine's president said his forces shot down 20 rockets out of 30 launched by Russia on Saturday. (Photo by Pierre Crom/Getty Images)

Rescuers search for missing residents of the apartment block (Picture: Getty)

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DNIPRO, UKRAINE - JANUARY 15: A local resident is rescued under the rubble of her 4th floor apartment 16 hours after Russian forces bombed a residential building on January 15, 2023 in Dnipro, Ukraine. At least 20 people were reported dead after a missile hit the apartment building on Saturday, part of a new wave of missiles launched by Russia. Ukraine's president said his forces shot down 20 rockets out of 30 launched by Russia on Saturday. (Photo by Pierre Crom/Getty Images)

A woman is rescued from under the rubble of her fourth floor apartment 16 hours after the strike (Image: Reuters)

DNIPRO, UKRAINE - JANUARY 15: Rescuers search for missing residents after Russian forces bombed a residential building on January 15, 2023 in Dnipro, Ukraine. At least 20 people were reported dead after a missile hit the apartment building on Saturday, part of a new wave of missiles launched by Russia. Ukraine's president said his forces shot down 20 rockets out of 30 launched by Russia on Saturday. (Photo by Pierre Crom/Getty Images)

Around 1,100 people lived in the building (Image: Getty)

DNIPRO, UKRAINE – JANUARY 15: A local resident rescues his cat from the rubble after Russian troops bombed a residential building on January 15, 2023 in Dnipro, Ukraine. At least 20 people were reported dead after a missile hit the apartment building on Saturday, part of a new wave of missiles launched by Russia. Ukraine's president said his forces shot down 20 rockets out of 30 launched by Russia on Saturday. (Photo by Pierre Crom/Getty Images)

A man rescues his cat from the rubble (Image: Getty)

DNIPRO, UKRAINE - JANUARY 15: Firefighters conduct search and rescue operations in the rubble of a destroyed residential building after a Russian missile attack amid the Russo-Ukrainian war in Dnipro, Ukraine on January 15, 2023. The death toll rose to 20, including a 15-year-old. (Photo by Mustafa Ciftci/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Firefighters worked all night to find survivors (Picture: Getty)

Rescuers carry a wounded woman after a Russian missile struck a multi-storey building in Dnipro, Ukraine, on Saturday January 15, 2023. (AP Photo/Yevhenii Zavhorodnii)

Rescuers carry an injured woman on a stretcher (Image: AP)

“May God help us find some of them. I think the death toll will be in the dozens,” he added.

Some 72 homes were destroyed and more than 230 partially damaged, leaving hundreds homeless in the dead of winter.

The building was hit on Saturday during a wave of Russian attacks on Ukraine, the latest attack on critical infrastructure in recent months that has plunged the country into darkness and killed civilians.

As Mr Filatov spoke, rescue workers dug through shattered concrete and bent metal from part of the building.

He said he believes the missile, which he described as the “absolutely inaccurate” X-22, was likely aimed at a nearby power plant.

“But the rocket flew by and hit a residential building,” he said.

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