Children Among the Dead in Devastating Russian Attack on Zaporizhzhia

Written by Henrik Rothen

Jun.30 - 2024 10:42 AM CET

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Seven dead, over thirty injured in Russian strike on Zaporizhzhia.

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A recent Russian missile strike on the city of Vilniansk in Zaporizhzhia Oblast has resulted in the deaths of seven people and injuries to over thirty others, according to Ukraine's Ministry of Internal Affairs.

A Devastating Toll

The attack claimed the lives of three men, one woman, and three children. In addition to the fatalities, 36 people were injured, including nine children.

The aftermath of the strike has left the local community in mourning, with the region's administration declaring a period of mourning for the victims.

Extensive Damage Across the Region

Ivan Fedorov, head of the regional administration, reported that in just one day, the Russian military launched 381 attacks on 13 settlements within Zaporizhzhia Oblast.

These strikes resulted in the destruction of 37 residential buildings and infrastructure facilities. The intensity and frequency of these attacks have caused widespread devastation and fear among residents.

Escalating Civilian Casualties

Russian forces have consistently targeted civilian infrastructure and residential areas throughout Ukraine. In recent months, similar attacks have resulted in numerous casualties:

  • On June 28, a missile strike hit a residential building in Dnipro.

  • On May 31, five people were killed and 25 injured in an attack on a residential building in Kharkiv.

  • The same night, a missile strike on Kyiv was thwarted by Ukrainian air defense systems.

Humanitarian Crisis Deepens

According to the United Nations, the full-scale invasion has resulted in over 10,000 civilian deaths as of late November 2023, with more than 560 children among the deceased.

Additionally, 18,500 civilians have been injured, and millions have been displaced from their homes, exacerbating the humanitarian crisis in the region. The hardest-hit areas include the Donbas region, where fighting has been particularly intense.

Increased International Support for Ukraine

In response to the escalating conflict, Western nations have ramped up their support for Ukraine. The United States, under President Joe Biden, has signed a document allocating $60.64 billion in military aid to Ukraine.

The UK has announced its largest military aid package since the war began, valued at approximately $620 million. Additionally, 14 countries have lifted restrictions on the use of their supplied weaponry for strikes on military targets within Russia, indicating a significant shift in international policy.