At least two dead after Russian strikes destroy medical facilities in central Ukraine

At least two people were killed and dozens injured after Russian forces hit a medical center in the city of Dnipro on Friday morning (local time), as heavy shelling rained down on central Ukraine overnight.

A 69-year-old man was killed “just passing by when the rocket hit the town”, and another man’s body “was pulled from the rubble”, said Serhii Lysak, head of the regional military administration.

CNN geolocated the attack to Dnipropetrovsk City Hospital No. 14 and a veterinary clinic in an industrial district north of the Dnipro River in the central Ukrainian city. The explosions in Dnipro took place around 10:30 am on Friday, according to CCTV.

Previously, the Ukrainian Air Force reported attacks in Kiev and Dnipropetrovsk regions from 22:00 on Thursday night to 05:00 on Friday morning.

The Air Force command reported 17 cruise missiles and 31 “attack drones” and noted that there were strikes in the Dnipro and Kharkiv regions using S-300/S-400 missile systems.

Kiev has also seen some air strikes across the city, according to Serhii Popko, head of the city’s military administration. He added that there were no casualties.

About 31 people were injured in the bombing in Dnipro, including eight doctors and two children, according to Dnipro regional council head Mykola Lukashuk. Among the injured, 16 people were taken to hospitals and the others are receiving outpatient treatment, Lukashuk said in a post on Telegram.

Rescue operations were underway on Friday afternoon, with workers searching under the rubble for survivors. Three people were missing after the attack.

Scenes emerged of fires destroying one of the medical clinic buildings. The video, posted by Lysak, also showed smoke billowing from windows and a collapsed roof.

A CNN crew at the scene saw emergency crews climbing onto cranes and lowering water hoses over the wreckage as bulldozers cleared rubble from the site.

Dnipro Mayor Boris Filatov said a change in shifts for medics meant fewer people than usual were working at the facility at the time of the attack.

“The moment the rocket landed, there was a shift change. I hope there are no more casualties,” Filatov told reporters at the hospital.

“It’s a miracle the rocket landed just as the doctors were changing shifts.” He added that there were outpatient appointments when the attack took place.

The clinic is used to treat the mentally ill and also houses an inpatient treatment unit, according to the mayor.

At least two dead after Russian strikes destroy medical facilities in central Ukraine

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