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Damaged buildings in Krivoy Rog as Ukrainian officials report deadly Russian strike on police administration hub

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« The aftermath of an explosion in Krivoy Rog was seen on Friday, after Ukrainian authorities reported a Russian strike on a police administration hub had killed at least one person and injured dozens more.
Footage shows shattered windows and cars with smashed windscreens, as well as other heavy damage to buildings around the city, and locals assessing the aftermath.
Temporary cordons could also be seen in the street as well as emergency vehicles and makeshift information tents set up by local authorities. Krivoy Rog is the home town of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Regional head Serhiy Lysak claimed a missile had hit with one killed, nine wounded, and three people dragged from the rubble. He added that a fire had spread to nearby garages, and later increased the estimate of those injured to around 40.
Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Igor Klymenko said 54 people had been wounded, and reported that a police officer had been killed, although officials later stated that the dead man was a private security guard.
Russia has not commented on the claims about the strike or the casualties at time of publication. It has always denied attacking civilian infrastructure, stating that any strikes are focused on limiting the actions of the Ukrainian armed forces.
Moscow launched a military offensive in Ukraine in late February 2022 after recognising the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR), claiming that Kiev had failed to guarantee their special status under the 2014 Minsk Agreements, and urging Ukraine to declare itself officially neutral and give assurances that it would never join NATO.
Kiev denounced the Russian action as an invasion. Zelensky imposed martial law throughout the country, announcing a general mobilisation, while the EU and the US imposed several rounds of sanctions on Moscow. »

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