At least 45 people, including six children, were killed in the weekend missile strike on a residential building in Dnipro, Ukraine. According to Ukraine's state emergency service, 20 people are still missing and 79 were injured. A rescue team of more than 400 managed to save 39 people. Seventy-two apartments were destroyed and more than 400 people were left without a home, while 164 apartments were damaged.
Ukraine's ministry of defence stated the residential building was struck by a Russian Kh-22 anti-ship missile, which the UK's ministry of defense stated is "notoriously inaccurate." Ukraine’s air defense forces said they do not have the capability to shoot down missiles of this type, the same missile used by Russians in a Kremenchuk shopping center strike last June in which at least 18 people were killed.
Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych has resigned after suggesting that the missile was shot down by Ukraine. A Kremlin spokesman told Reuters that Russia does not strike residential buildings and suggested the strike was caused by Ukrainian air defenses.
The incident is reportedly one of the deadliest strikes on civilians since Russia invaded Ukraine nearly a year ago, with search and rescue operations called off on Tuesday. As the incident continues to be investigated, the number of deaths and the cause of the strike remain unclear.