Putin praises ‘positive dynamic’ in Ukraine war after Russian missile hits building, killing 23
Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed the “positive dynamics” of his ongoing invasion of Ukraine on Sunday after a Russian missile strike killed 23 people in an apartment building in Dnipro.
The Dnipro attack was part of a wave of missile strikes Russia launched on Ukraine over the weekend. First responders spent hours digging through the rubble of the 9-story building destroyed in the strike. In total, Russia fired 30 missiles targeting Dnipro and other major cities, but Ukrainian forces shot down more than 20 in midair.
“There is a positive dynamic, everything is developing according to plans,” Putin told reporters on Sunday. “I hope our fighters please us more than once.”
The missile strike in Dnipro coincided with another attack on the capital of Kyiv. There, Ukrainian officials reported infrastructure damage, but no civilian casualties.
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy took to Twitter to condemn the attacks and said, “Eternal remembrance to all whose lives have been taken by Russian terror.”
“It was possible to save dozens of people, injured, traumatized,” Zelenskyy said. “Among them are children; the youngest is 3 years old.”
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“The world must stop the evil,” he continued, adding that debris removal was underway. “All services are working. We are fighting for every person, every life. We will find everyone involved in terrorism.”
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Ukrainian Air Force spokesman Yurii Ihnat told Ukrainian media that the missiles most likely “flew on a ballistic trajectory” from northern Ukraine. He said Ukrainian forces currently have no method to shoot down these missiles, at least not until operators have been trained in the use of US Patriot missiles, which President Biden’s administration is about to deliver. next week.
Fox News’ Caitlin McFall contributed to this report.
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