This is what it looks like when a 38-foot rocket designed to take out an aircraft carrier cuts an apartment building in half. The building has been home to hundreds of families in the eastern Ukrainian city of Dnipro. The apartment with the yellow kitchen was the home of the Korenovskys.
The apples still sitting on the counter, right at the edge of where the rest of the building was cleft, provide a stark example of the suddenness that Russia’s cruel war in Ukraine Civilian lives can be shattered.
Before Russia hit the Dnipro With a barrage of air and sea cruise missiles, boxing coach Mykhailo Koronevsky celebrated his little daughter’s birthday in that kitchen. a The video was shared widely She appears on social media this week as she blows out four candles on a cake in front of her signature yellow cupboards.
On Saturday, Mykhailo stayed home while his wife and daughters went out for a walk. The Ukrainian National Boxing Federation confirmed that he was killed when the Russian missile blew a hole in a tall block of houses. The rest of his family survived.
A US official told CBS News’ David Martin that the Russian military likely bombed the apartment building in Dnipro with an air-launched AS-4 “Kitchen” missile. The Soviet Union designed the missiles to attack aircraft carriers and their accompanying warships.
On Tuesday, the confirmed death toll from the weekend attack on the apartment building rose to 45, as the Koronevsky family buried her husband and father-in-law, and search teams continued combing through the rubble. At least six children were among the dead, according to a Dnipro regional military official.
Other survivors of the attack and residents of the area staged a small demonstration in front of a huge pile of twisted metal and crumbling concrete under the hole in the building. a Post the video online by an adviser to the Ukrainian Interior Ministry shows them pleading with the international community to supply Ukraine with more tactical weapons, and to impose a no-fly zone over their country to prevent missiles raining down on their homes.
“Here people cook, chat in the kitchen, celebrate holidays, laugh and argue,” wrote Zoya Yarosh, a member of the Verkhovna Rada. Posted on her Facebook pagewhich included a picture of the destroyed kitchen. “These are the wounds in Ukraine’s body. The wounds are in our homes.”
Andriy Yermak, Ukraine’s chief of staff, told delegates at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday that his country had reported at least 80,000 deaths. Russian war crimes Since Vladimir Putin launched his war almost 11 months ago.
“We recorded 80,000 crimes committed by the Russian invaders, and more than 9,000 civilians, including 453 children, were killed,” Yermak said. “We will not forgive a single torture or the killing of a soul. Every criminal will be held accountable.”
As the Koronevskys and other Dnipro residents buried their loved ones, reports came in that more Russian bombs were hitting the cities of Kobyansk and Kherson. There were no immediate reports of casualties, but again, civilian infrastructure was bombed, with the Kobyansk Transport College destroyed.
In honoring the victims of the Dnipro strike, including the family with a “kitchen the color of the sun,” Ukrainian lawmaker Yarosh finished with a vow that, despite the wounds Russia is inflicting on “Ukraine’s body and children… they won’t kill us all… we will win.”
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