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Russia Continues to Kill Ukrainians. Children are Targeted.

Foreign Policy Brief #166 | By: Yelena Korshunov | January 23, 2023

Rubbles of a recently attacked residential building in Dnipro, Ukraine.


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Building in Dnipro, attacked by Russia’s missile on January 14th.

Photo taken from: unian.ua

Russia’s missile killed 46 people in Dnipro on January 14th, among them 5 children

On January 14th a Russian missile hit a residential high-rise building in Dnipro – a big industrial Ukrainian city.  According to the head of the Ukrainian  regional military administration, Valentin Reznichenko, on January 17th the removal of rubble had been going on for more than 60 hours. At that moment, 90% of the wreckage of the destroyed nine-story building had been dismantled.


Destroyed apartment in the building in Dnipro, attacked by Russia’s missile on January 14th.

Photo taken from: dw.com

Reznichenko reported that 39 people were rescued, 46 died, 79 were injured, including 16 children. There are now 28 injured in hospitals, 10 are in serious condition. 25 residents of the house are still being searched.

These five beautiful kids in the photo below  are among those whose lives were taken by a Russian missile that day. They are among about 1,000 children who were killed or injured during Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Image taken from: euromaidanpress.com

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27-year-old Kateryna Zelenska was rescued from under the rubble after more than 20 hours. Her body temperature was 31°C (87.8°F). Her husband and one-year-old son died under the rubble. Kateryna was deaf from birth and unlike other victims couldn’t call for help during “minutes of silence,” when rescuers were listening from where under the rubble people were calling for help.


Katerina with husband.

Katerina with her son.

Kateryna was rescued after spending more than 20 hours under the rubble.

Photos taken from (clockwise from top left):

Katerina’s Instagram; Euromaidan Press; Facebook of Denys Monastyrskyi, Minister of Internal Affairs

Refugees from Donetsk and Luhansk were affected by blast wave in the dormitory that stands near the attacked building 

Ukrainian portal Tehnopolis(tehnopolis.com.ua) told their audience about what happened in the dormitory of the Dnipro Academy of Physical Culture and Sports that stands a few meters from the house that was hit by a Russian rocket on January 14. The windows are broken, the building is cut with debris – this is how the house, where about a hundred displaced persons from the Donetsk and Luhansk regions had found shelter, looks like today. During the missile attack the blast wave blew out the windows of the building. 

Currently, there is no electricity, water and gas in the dormitory. The woman whose name is Olga moved to Dnipro from Eastern Ukraine in April. She says she was asleep during the explosion. “I was in such a shock. I didn’t understand anything. The windows flew out, the panes were flying at us. My husband said: “Come on, crawl into the corridor, it’s safer there, because the rocket hit somewhere”. We heard people’s screams, moaning. Smoke was pouring out. Firefighters arrived fast,” she recalls. Olga was also injured – her fingers were cut by glass.

Meantime in Russia

Some residents of Moscow brought flowers, candles and toys to the monument of Ukrainian poetess Lesya Ukrainka after a Russian missile hit the building in Dnipro, injuring and taking the lives of many people. On the night of January 18, the spontaneous memorial was removed by officials. 

A police paddy wagon has been on duty at the site. It’s known that the police detained four people. One of them is charged with petty hooliganism, he was left at the police station until the morning. What happened to the rest of the detainees is unknown.

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