A full day of shelling 30 people dead and dozens wounded in Russia’s January 14 attack on Ukraine
Russia subjected Ukraine to yet another round of shelling on the afternoon of January 14. In Dnipro, a missile struck a nine-story apartment complex. Nikolay Lukashuk, chairman of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional Council, reported that the second through ninth floors collapsed between the second and third buildings in the complex. Mayor of Dnipro Borys Filatov said that the shelling had knocked out power to the whole region.
Update. As of the morning of January 15, Ukrainian authorities report that the missile strike in Dnipro has killed 30 people and wounded another 74, including 13 children. The whereabouts of another 40 people are still unknown. The rescue operation is ongoing. The strike destroyed 72 apartments and damaged another 230.
Valentyn Reznichenko, Governor of Dnipropetrovsk, reported that, according to preliminary tallies, the missile strike killed five people and wounded nearly 60, among them 12 children, the youngest of whom is three years old. The latest count is up from his earlier report of 27 casualties. Rescue workers say that more than 30 people, among them six children, have already been pulled from under the rubble of the collapsed buildings. It is not yet known how many remain trapped. Hundreds of the city’s civilian residents are helping rescue workers clear the rubble, according to a local news channel.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said of the strike on Dnipro, “The world ought to stop this evil.” The president posted on his Telegram channel, “We’re continuing to sift through the rubble in Dnipro. All services are on hand. We’re fighting for every person, every life. We will find all participants in this terrorism. Everyone will be held accountable. To the maximum.” He also called for more weapons to be sent to Ukraine, to “put a stop to Russian terror.”
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called on G7 and EU countries to impose a new set of sanctions on Russia after the shelling in Dnipro. “Each barrage of missiles further exhausts Russian stocks. However, they are still able to produce new ones. We can and must kill their missile and drone industry with a mass sanctions strike! I urge G7 and the EU to implement relevant sanctions proposed by Ukraine without delay,” Kuleba wrote on Twitter.
Presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said that Russia should be immediately expelled from the UN Security Council.
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The Russian army shelled Ukraine all day on January 14. There were no reports of casualties or extensive damage from the first rocket attacks, which took place in the morning. At least two regions suffered from the second wave of shelling, near Dnipro: Kharkiv was fully without electricity, and in Lviv, authorities warned of damage to critical infrastructure. The strikes continued into the evening. In Kryvyi Rih, a missile strike in a residential district killed one person and injured two others, according to the mayor.
The January 14 attacks damaged energy facilities in six regions of Ukraine, says Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko. He warned that most regions in the country would experience emergency blackouts. “The coming days will be difficult,” Galushchenko added. DTEK, Ukraine’s largest private energy company, said that after today’s attacks one thermal power plant had stopped generating power.
Valerii Zaluzhnyi, the Ukrainian military’s top commander, says that in all, Russia launched around 28 cruise missiles and five air-to-air missiles at Ukraine on January 14. According to Zaluzhnyi, 18 cruise missiles and three air-to-air missiles were shot down. The Ukrainian Air Force reported 25 downed Russian missiles, out of 38 fired. According to their command, 18 Kh-101 and Kalibr air- and sea-based missiles, and seven Kh-59 guided missiles were shot down.
Following shelling in Ukraine, the Moldovan Ministry of Internal Affairs reported that fragments of missiles had fallen in Moldova. According to the ministry, the framents were found near the village of Larga, which is located on the border of Ukraine’s Chernivtsi region. The reports did specify which kind of missiles the fragments belonged to, and there were no reports of casualties or damage. The ministry noted that this is the third time that Russian attacks have landed missile wreckage in Moldova.
In times of war it is impossible to immediately verify information disseminated even by official representatives of parties to the conflict.