Ukrainian authorities said the death toll from a Russian missile strike on an apartment block in the city of Dnipro rose to 22 on Sunday, the day after missiles and explosions were heard across the country. One child was among the dead.
As of 1 p.m. local time (6 a.m. ET) Sunday, "39 people (including 6 children) were rescued in Dnipro city. 22 people died (including 1 child), 72 people were injured (including 13 children), 43 reports of missing persons were received," the emergency service said in its latest update on Sunday.
Valentyn Reznichenko, the head of the Dnipropetrovsk regional military administration, said in a post on his official Telegram page Sunday that 72 apartments were destroyed and 230 damaged as a result of the strike.
The rescue operation is ongoing with 43 people still unaccounted for.
“We are fighting for every person, every life,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on social media.
In his nightly address on Saturday, Zelensky said “dozens” of people, including a three-year-old girl, were rescued from the building even though most of the floors were “smashed” in the strike.