Two Russian Iskander missiles hit the eastern Ukrainian city of Pokrovsk within 30 to 40 minutes of each other, killing seven people, including an emergency worker who was responding to the first strike, officials said Tuesday.
The bombardment began at 7:15 p.m. local time on Monday (12.15 p.m. ET), a local military leader said, when a short-range ballistic missile hit what President Volodymyr Zelensky called an “ordinary residential building” in the city in the Donetsk region.
First responders arrived on the scene to treat the wounded and dig people out from under the rubble, only to be targeted themselves.
The second strike prompted authorities to suspend work to clear the rubble due to fear of another strike, despite the widespread damage.
“The first missile hit at 19:15, the second at 19:52. This is a standard Russo-fascist scenario – 30-40 minutes between missiles. When the State Emergency Service and rescuers arrive to save people, the second missile hits and so the number of victims increases,” Serhii Dobriak, head of Pokrovsk City Military Administration, said on Telegram.
“The blast radius was very large – windows in many buildings were smashed, at least 2,000 windows,” he added.
Local officials said a residential building, hotel, shops and administrative buildings were damaged. The Druzhba (Friendship) Hotel and Corleone pizzeria, both popular with journalists, were damaged in the attack according to geolocated footage from the scene.
Pavlo Kyrylenko, head of Donetsk Regional Military Administration, said that among the seven people killed were five civilians, a rescuer and a serviceman.
He said there were 81 people injured, including 39 civilians, two children, 31 police officers, seven rescuers and four military personnel.
Ukraine’s National Police said that the deputy head of the Ukrainian State Emergency Service in the Donetsk region, Andrii Omelchenko, was killed, and confirmed that 31 police officers were injured.
"All of them were there when they were needed, putting their efforts into rescuing people after the first incoming," the police said on Telegram. "They knew there were victims under the rubble -- so one had to react, dismantle, get them out and save them. And the enemy struck again.”
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