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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, according to the regional governor.
Of the 23 injured, 21 were hospitalized, three of them in serious condition, Governor Serhiy Lysak said in a telegram.
Volodymyr Orlov, deputy head of the Dnipropetrovsk regional military administration, told NPR there were no military installations nearby.
“Look around and you’ll see a stadium, houses with broken windows, a veterinary clinic,” he said. “All you see here are civilians.”
Video and footage from the scene showed smoke billowing from a damaged three-story building as rescue workers looked on. In a tweet, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called the attack a “crime against humanity”.
Two children, ages 3 and 6, were among the injured, 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 strike began.
Larysa Koreshkova was at her home in Dnipro with her husband when she heard the whistle of the rocket and then an explosion that 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 rocket-hit hospital, said shards of glass seriously injured one of the clinic’s patients.
“We were looking everywhere to find enough bandages to help her,” said Tetyana, who declined to give her last name, saying she was not authorized to speak to the media.
On Friday, Ukrainian officials also said they shot down Russian missiles and more than 20 drones targeting their capital, Kyiv, and eastern parts of the country.
Russia did not immediately comment on the airstrikes, but said the explosion that damaged buildings in the Russian city of Krasnodar on Friday was caused by Ukrainian drones. No casualties were reported.
Rescuers were still in Dnipro Friday morning, searching for three missing people believed to be trapped under the rubble, Lysak said. Crews were also trying to control a fire at the clinic and a nearby building that stretched 1,000 meters.
NPR Ukraine producer Polina Lytvynova reported from Dnipro.