A four-year-old girl has been killed and her mother seriously injured after Russian missiles hit a town in central Ukraine.
Another 22 people died, including two other children, and more than 100 others were injured in the attack on Vinnytsia, 268 km southwest of the capital Kyiv.
Ukraine’s Defense Ministry tweeted a video showing the “last minutes” of Lisa Dmitrieva’s life, who has Down syndrome.
“During the Russian terrorist attack on Vinnytsia on July 14, a little girl named Lisa died as a result of the explosion,” he tweeted.
“Her mother Iryna was taken to hospital with her leg blown off. Iryna’s social media page captures the last minutes of her daughter’s life.”
And on Facebook, a woman claiming to work with the injured mother said: “Today in Vinnytsia our employee Irisha Dmitrieva and her young daughter were at the epicenter of the shelling.
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“His daughter died at the scene…Ira is in critical condition in intensive care.
“So much sorrow, so many tears… There is no more strength…”
Officials said Kalibr cruise missiles fired from a Russian submarine in the Black Sea hit civilian buildings in Vinnytsia.
The region’s governor, Serhiy Borzov, said Ukrainian the air defenses shot down two of the four missiles that were launched.
National Police Chief Ihor Klymenko said only six of the dead have been identified so far, while 39 people remain missing.
Russia has not officially confirmed the strike, but Margarita Simonyan, head of Russian state-controlled TV channel RT, said on her messaging app channel that military officials told her a building in Vinnytsia was targeted because it harbored Ukrainian “Nazis”.
The missiles ignited a fire that spread to engulf 50 cars in an adjacent parking lot.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy hinted that the attack deliberately targeted civilians.
The strike came as government officials from around 40 countries gathered in The Hague to discuss coordination efforts to investigate and prosecute potential war crimes in Ukraine.
“Every day Russia destroys the civilian population, kills Ukrainian children, directs missiles at civilian objects,” Zelenskyy wrote on the Telegram messaging app.
“Where there are no military (targets). What is it if not an open act of terrorism?”
Vinnytsia is one of the largest cities in Ukraine, with a population of 370,000.
Thousands of people from eastern Ukraine, where Russia has concentrated its offensive, have fled there since the start of the war.
Meanwhile, one person was injured when a missile damaged several buildings in the southern city of Mykolaiv early Thursday, Ukrainian authorities said.
A missile attack on Wednesday killed at least five people in the city.
Russian forces also continued their artillery and missile attacks in eastern Ukraine, mainly in Donetsk province after overtaking neighboring Luhansk.
The town of Lysychansk, the last major Ukrainian resistance stronghold in Lugansk, fell to Russian forces earlier this month.
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