Russian Missile Strikes Kills at Least 23 in Vinnytsia

Russian missiles struck an office block and damaged residential buildings in the central Ukrainian city of Vinnytsia on July 14, killing at least 23 people including three children.

The Ukrainian Interior Ministry said that three Russian missiles hit a parking lot near a nine-story residential building at 10:45 a.m. local time, damaging other buildings and setting the lot on fire.

The three children killed in the attack were under the age of 10, including a four-year-old girl named Lisa, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Lisa’s mother is in critical condition, Zelensky added.

In a video address, Zelensky warned that the death toll could go higher.

The Ukrainian State Emergency Service said that 71 people were hospitalized, including three children, and 29 people remain missing.

Kyrylo Tymoshenko, the deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential office, said on Telegram that the Kalibr cruise missiles came from a Russian submarine in the Black Sea, The Guardian reported.

Margarita Simonyan, the head of the state-controlled Russian television network RT, said on Telegram that military officials told her that   they targeted a building because it housed Ukrainian “Nazis.”

Zelensky called for restrictions against Russian energy exports to be implemented “as soon as possible” to “not allow terrorists to cover their costs at the expense of the international community.”

The attack comes as foreign and justice ministers of the European Union (EU) were meeting in The Hague for a conference on alleged Russian war crimes.

EU High Representative Josep Borrell said in a statement that those responsible for the Russian attacks “will be held to account for their actions, in accordance with international law.”


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