Russian missile strikes kill seventeen and injure dozens in central Ukraine
KYIV, 14 July (Reuters) - Russian missiles struck the centre of Vinnytsia, a city in central Ukraine, on Thursday, killing 17 people, including two children, and injuring scores more, according to the office of the Ukrainian Prosecutor General.
According to the Ukrainian military, the strike used Kalibr missiles fired from a submarine in the Black Sea, and it claimed residential structures, administrative buildings, and office buildings had all sustained "severe damage and devastation."
A medical centre was also destroyed in the strike, which featured three missiles, and over 90 individuals sought medical assistance, with about 50 of them being in a bad condition, according to the police.
Thick black smoke billowed from a tall structure, and sirens blared as emergency personnel hurried to the site.
Pictures from the State Emergency Service's internet photo gallery showed later-rising grey smoke billowing from the crumpled wreckage of burned-out autos. One image depicted an abandoned, toppled pram on the street.
The national police chief said an office block suffered a direct hit, damaging nearby residential buildings and setting off a huge fire. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has deplored the attack as an open act of terrorism by Russia. Moscow has constantly denied deliberately targeting civilians.