Death toll from Russian strike on Dnipro apartment building rises to 23

Emergency workers clear the rubble after a Russian rocket hit a multistory building leaving many people under debris in the southeastern city of Dnipro, Ukraine, Jan. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)
Emergency workers clear the rubble after a Russian rocket hit a multistory building leaving many people under debris in the southeastern city of Dnipro, Ukraine, Jan. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

The death toll from a Russian missile strike on an apartment building in the southeastern city of Dnipro rises to 23, the local government reports, as rescue workers scramble to pull survivors from the rubble.

Emergency crews worked through the frigid night at the multi-story residential building, the site of the worst casualties from a barrage of Russian strikes yesterday on Ukrainian cities. The attacks, which also targeted the capital, Kyiv, and the northeastern city of Kharkiv, ended a two-week lull in Moscow’s widespread strikes on Ukraine’s power infrastructure and urban centers.

Russia fired 33 cruise missiles yesterday, of which 21 were shot down, according to Gen. Valeriy Zaluzhny, the commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian armed forces.

In Dnipro, workers use a crane as they try to rescue people trapped on upper floors of the apartment tower where about 1,700 were living. Some residents signal for help with lights on their cellphones.

The Dnipro city government reports that at least 72 people are wounded and 43 people reported missing. It says 39 people were rescued so far.

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