31/07/2023
6 people killed and 80 injured

Two Russian missiles hit the city of Kryvyi Rih

A residential building in Kryvyi Rih was partially destroyed by a Russian missile. Photo: Dmytro Lubinets, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

On July 31, Russian forces launched a missile strike on Kryvyi Rih in the Dnipropetrovsk region. Due to an attack, at least five people were killed and more than 60 injured.

One of the Russian missiles hit a four-story college building, causing destruction from the 2nd to the 4th floor. The second missile destroyed a section of a residential building: from the 4th to the 9th floor it partially collapsed.

Six people were killed in the attack, including a 10-year-old child, and 75 people were injured, six children among them, reported Serhii Lysak, Head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional Military Administration. Almost 150 residents managed to escape from the severely damaged building on their own, and thirty more were saved by rescuers.

Update: As of the morning of August 1, more than 80 people have been injured due to the Russian missile strike, informed Serhii Lysak, Head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional Military Administration. There are 7 children among wounded victims. 19 people remain in hospitals.

A spokesman of the Ukrainian Air Force, Yurii Ihnat, stated that according to preliminary information, Russia attacked Kryvyi Rih with ballistic missiles. “You know how dangerous ballistic weaponry can be, how quickly it [missiles – ed.] can arrive, and how destructive it is. We need to wait until the debris of the missiles is found on-site, and only then we can definitively say what it was,” Ihnat said.

Moreover, Kryvyi Rih was not the only city targeted by Russia on July 31. Russian forces also shelled the center of Kherson with BM-21 “Grad” multiple rocket launchers. As a result, a local municipal enterprise was hit: one employee was killed, and two others sustained injuries and were hospitalized.

Photo: Oleksandr Prokudin, Head of the Kherson Regional Military Administration

“Regions of Ukraine are being shelled by the occupiers, who continue to terrorize peaceful cities and people. Kryvyi Rih, Kherson (…) Unfortunately, there are dead and wounded. There may be people under the rubble (…) In recent days, the enemy has been stubbornly attacking cities, city centers, shelling civilian objects and housing. But this terror will not frighten us or break us. We are working and saving our people,” commented President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

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