‘Massive’ Russian missile attack on Ukraine’s Kryvyi Rih city

At least six people have been killed and more than 30 wounded in a “massive missile attack” by Russia on civilian buildings in the central Ukrainian city of Kryvyi Rih, according to local officials.

A multistorey residential building was among the civilian infrastructure hit in the early morning attack on Tuesday, said Serhiy Lisak, governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region where Kryvyi Rih is located.

“A five-storey building got destroyed. According to initial reports, three of its residents died. 25 people were injured,” Lisak said on the Telegram messaging app early on Tuesday morning. “A massive missile attack on Kryvyi Rih,” he said

The city’s mayor, Oleksandr Vilkul, later updated the death toll to six dead after warning earlier that people were likely trapped beneath the rubble of buildings hit in the attack.

“Unfortunately, there are already six dead. The rescue operation continues,” Vilkul said on the Telegram messaging app.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy offered his condolences to the families of those killed in Kryvyi Rih, promising that Russian “terrorists will never be forgiven” and would be “held accountable for every missile they launch”.

Kryvyi Rih, which is Zelenskyy’s home town, was hit by a Russian missile in December that killed three people and wounded at least 13.

Video footage shared on social media on Tuesday showed residential apartments damaged, and rubble and fires in other areas.

The capital, Kyiv, also came under missile and drone attacks early on Tuesday morning but air defence systems destroyed all objects heading towards the city, military officials said.

“According to initial reports, the enemy used Kh-101/555 cruise missiles,” Kyiv city military administration said.