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A Ukraine special operations unit carries anti-tank mines to bury on a forest track to prevent Russian troops from advancing toward their trenches, in the Donetsk region, Ukraine,Tuesday, June 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

2-Year-Old Girl killed, Others Injured After Alleged Russian Strike in Ukraine

A two-year-old child was murdered and 22 people were hurt following an alleged Russian airstrike in a residential section of the Ukrainian city of Dnipro.

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The aftermath of a Russian missile strike on an outskirt of Dnipro overnight. Photograph: Reuters

According to the region’s governor, her body was discovered in the early morning hours among the ruins of a home in the Pidhorodnenska neighborhood.

Serhiy Lysak reported that three boys were hospitalized in severe condition and that five of the injured were youngsters.

Rescuers were seen looking through the wreckage of a two-story structure in an earlier video that the president of Ukraine posted.

Russia has been accused of being behind the attack by Volodymyr Zelensky, but the Kremlin has not yet responded.

The capital city of Kyiv, where air defense systems have once again been deployed, has also heard explosions. Earlier, air raid warnings had been issued for the entire nation.

Despite Russia’s prior denials that it deliberately targeted civilians during its invasion of the neighboring country, Mr. Zelensky claimed the explosion in Dnipro was a result of a Russian strike.

According to the regional governor, 17 of the people hurt in the blast were rushed to the hospital after fires broke out following the purported strike in a northern neighborhood of the city.

Other regions of the nation also reported explosions. The head of the city’s military administration reported that early on Sunday, air defense systems were used to fend off aviation assaults close to Kyiv.

According to Serhiy Popko on the Telegram chat channel, all missiles aimed at the city were shot down.

According to officials in Sumy, in the north, 87 blasts as a result of Russian shelling caused injuries and infrastructure destruction.

According to Ukrainian air force spokesman Yury Ignat, cruise missiles hit a functioning airport close to the city of Kropyvnytsky.

He claimed that just four of the six missiles were able to be shot down by air defenses, but he made no mention of any site damage.

Although specifics were sparse, there were apparently over a dozen explosions reported in the southern Russian-controlled cities of Berdyansk and Melitopol.

According to the governor of the Russian border region of Belgorod, shelling occurred on Sunday morning in the market area of the town of Shebekino, which is located approximately four miles (7 km) from the Ukrainian border.

Two individuals were reportedly killed in attacks on Saturday near the town, according to Vyacheslav Gladkov. He urged people to evacuate their homes in border towns and villages.

Although Ukraine asserted that Russia was to blame for the fatalities by aiming to target rebels who opposed the Moscow government, local authorities blamed Ukraine.

There have been a number of attacks in the area in recent weeks, most notably a significant cross-border invasion that occurred late last month and reached Shebekino, according to Moscow, and which resulted in the deaths of 70 assailants.

Again asserting that the incident was carried out by Russian paramilitaries, Kiev denied any direct involvement.