At least one person was killed in Russian airstrikes on civilian targets in the central Ukrainian city of Dnipro on Friday, according to rescue services. Early in the morning, “there were three air strikes in the city, hitting a kindergarten, an apartment building and a two-story shoe factory,” rescuers said. “One person died.”
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These were believed to be the first direct attacks on Dnipro. The city, with a population of around one million, had so far been spared major Russian military attacks.
The city of Lutsk, in northwestern Ukraine, was also hit by airstrikes. “Explosions at the airport,” Lutsk Mayor Ihor Polishchuk said on Facebook. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov told a news conference on Friday that Russian troops had attacked military airfields in Lutsk and Ivano-Frankivsk, 250 kilometers to the south. Both have become unusable.
The United Nations estimates that more than 2.3 million refugees have left Ukraine due to Russia’s war of aggression. In addition, there are 1.9 million internally displaced people who fled to other parts of the country before the Russian attacks. (AFP)