7 killed, 129 wounded in Russian missile strike on Ukraine’s Chernihiv – World

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Seven individuals, together with a six-yr-outdated baby, have been killed and 129 wounded when a Russian missile struck a central sq. in the historic northern Ukrainian metropolis of Chernihiv, the inside ministry mentioned on Saturday.

People had been on their solution to church to have a good time a non secular vacation when the strike passed off, the ministry mentioned. Of the 129 counted as wounded in the search and rescue operation, 15 have been kids and 15 have been cops, Interior Minister Ihor Klymenko mentioned in a Telegram submit.

“A Russian missile hit proper in the centre of town, in our Chernihiv. A sq., the polytechnic college, a theatre,” President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who was on a working go to to Sweden, posted on Telegram.

“An extraordinary Saturday, which Russia was a day of ache and loss,” he added.

A brief video accompanying Zelenskiy’s submit confirmed particles scattered throughout a sq. in entrance of the regional drama theatre, the place parked automobiles have been closely broken. The video additionally briefly confirmed a physique slumped inside a automobile.

Ukrainian media reported {that a} public occasion that includes drone producers had been happening contained in the theatre on the time of the assault. Both sides in Russia’s 18-month-outdated invasion have broadly used drones on the battlefield.

In feedback to reporters, Klymenko confirmed solely that an unspecified occasion had been happening in the constructing and that Ukraine’s home safety service was investigating the matter.

Chernihiv is a metropolis of leafy boulevards and centuries-outdated church buildings about 145 kilometres north of the capital Kyiv.

The roof of the neoclassical theatre was torn off by the strike, which additionally blew out doorways and home windows in neighbouring house buildings and storefronts.

The streets have been stained with blood trails and strewn with scraps from first-assist provides that have been used to deal with the wounded.

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Russia has attacked Ukrainian cities removed from the frontline with missiles and drones as a part of the total-scale invasion it launched in February final yr.

Kyiv’s air pressure mentioned early on Saturday the Ukrainian navy had shot down 15 out of 17 Iranian-made Shahed drones launched by Moscow in an in a single day strike.

Meanwhile, Russia’s Defence Ministry mentioned on Saturday it had destroyed a Ukrainian drone in the Belgorod area and jammed one other close to Moscow. A 3rd struck a navy airfield in the Novgorod area, damaging a warplane, it additionally mentioned.

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