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A barrage of rockets hit a medical clinic in the eastern Ukrainian city of Dnipro on Friday, killing two and injuring 23, the regional governor said.
Of the 23 injured, 21 have been hospitalized, three of them in serious condition, Governor Serhiy Lysak said in a telegram post.
Volodymyr Orlov, deputy head of the Dnipropetrovsk regional military administration, told NPR that there are no military facilities anywhere nearby.
“Look around you and you see a stadium, houses with broken windows, a veterinary clinic,” he said. “All you see here are civilians.”
Video and images of the scene showed smoke billowing from a damaged three-story building as rescuers watched. In a tweet from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy mentioned the attack a “crime against humanity”.
Among the injured were two children, ages 3 and 6, Lysak said. He added that one of the two victims of the attack is a 69-year-old man who was walking near the clinic when the attack started.
Larysa Koreshkova was at home in Dnipro with her husband when she heard the whistle of the missile and then an explosion, which blew out her windows and damaged her balcony. “My hands and legs were shaking,” she told NPR. “The Russians are trying to intimidate civilians.”
Tetyana, who works at the outpatient clinic next to the missile-hit hospital, says flying glass seriously injured one of the patients in the clinic.
“We were looking everywhere for enough bandages to help her,” said Tetyana, who declined to give her last name and said she was not authorized to speak to the media.
Ukrainian officials also said on Friday they had shot down Russian missiles and more than 20 drones targeting their capital, Kyiv, and the country’s eastern regions.
Russia did not immediately comment on the airstrikes, but did say a blast that damaged buildings in the Russian city of Krasnodar on Friday was caused by Ukrainian drones. There were no reported casualties.
Rescue workers were still in Dnipro Friday morning, searching for three missing persons trapped under the rubble, Lysak said. Crews also tried to put out a fire at the clinic and a neighboring 1,000-foot building.
NPR Ukraine producer Polina Lytvynova reported from Dnipro.