At least 23 people have been killed in the attack on the Ukrainian central city of Vinistia, according to Ukraine’s national police chief Ihor Klymenko.
According to Ukraine’s State Emergency Service (SES), three children were among the dead and dozens of people were yet to be traced.
SES said 64 more people, including four children, have been admitted to the hospital, of which 34 are in critical condition and five are in critical condition.
Klimenko said only six bodies have been identified so far, and that DNA testing may be needed to identify the others.
Klimenko said more than 50 buildings and more than 40 cars were damaged by the attacks.
The attack was carried out with Russian Kalibr cruise missiles launched from submarines stationed in the Black Sea, according to Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the Office of the President of Ukraine.
“The enemy continues to keep ready 32 cruise missiles of the ‘Caliber’ type on three surface and two submarine ships, and two large landing ships are also present” in the Black Sea, the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ Operational Command South said on Monday.
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba called the missile attack “terrorism”.
“After the Russian missile attack on Vinnitsia, 20 civilians have already been confirmed dead. There are three children, including a child, in the photo. This is terrorism,” Kuleba said. tweeted.
“Deliberate killing of civilians to spread fear. Russia is a terrorist state and should be recognized legally,” he said.
More Feedback: The UN Secretary-General said he was shocked by the missile attack in Vinnytsia.
“The Secretary-General condemns any attack against civilians or civilian infrastructure and reiterates his call for accountability for such violations,” a spokesman for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said.
In a joint statement, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell and EU commissioner for crisis management Jeannez Lenaric condemned the strike.
“We have both witnessed the terrible destruction Russia inflicted on Ukraine and its people with our own eyes. The civilian population continues to pay a high toll in this war, including sexual death, because of Russia’s fundamental disregard for international humanitarian law. , is facing violence, forced deportation and destruction,” he said.
He said that no punishment can be given for these actions and all those responsible will be held accountable.
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