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Russian strike kills at least 18 as Ukraine’s air defenses struggle again to protect cities

Updated:2024-05-30 09:24    Views:140

Rescuers work at a building destroyed by a Russian missile strike in Chernihiv, Ukraine, April 17, 2024. Rescuers work at a building destroyed by a Russian missile strike in Chernihiv, Ukraine, April 17, 2024. Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters CNN  — 

A Russian missile strike killed and injured nearly 100 people in the city of Chernihiv in northern Ukraine – an attack that could have been prevented if Ukraine was provided with better air defenses, President Volodomyr Zelensky said.

At least 18 people were killed in Wednesday’s strike and 78 others were injured, including two children, Ukrainian officials said. Search and rescue operations were completed Thursday, with 37 people still in hospital.

Three missiles hit the outskirts of Chernihiv, north of the capital Kyiv, at about 9 a.m. local time (2 a.m. ET) on Wednesday, damaging an eight-story building, a four-story building, a hospital and a higher education institute, Ukrainian officials said. CNN has geolocated the eight-story building as the Hotel Profspilkovyi.

Video from inside the hospital showed shattered glass strewn across hospital beds and doors blown off their hinges as staff evacuated the smoke-filled corridors. Another video showed civilians taking cover next to a bus stop as smoke rose in the distance and another missile struck the buildings.

UKRAINKA, UKRAINE - APRIL 11: An aerial view of the destroyed engine room of Trypilska Thermal Power Plant (TPP) after rocket fire on April 11, 2024 in Ukrainka, Kiev district, Ukraine. After a Russian missile attack on Thursday night, Trypilska Thermal Power Plant (TPP), Ukraine's largest power-generating plant in the Kyiv region, was reported completely destroyed. It supplied electricity to the regions of Kyiv, Cherkasy, and Zhytomyr. No power cuts occurred in Kyiv or other supplied regions. Trypilska TPP was a 1800 MW thermal power station in Kyiv Oblast, Ukraine, built by the USSR in 1969 and completed in 1977. During the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the station was permanently disabled on April 11, 2024 after Russian missiles set fire to the main turbine hall. (Photo by Kostiantyn Liberov/Libkos/Getty Images) UKRAINKA, UKRAINE - APRIL 11: An aerial view of the destroyed engine room of Trypilska Thermal Power Plant (TPP) after rocket fire on April 11, 2024 in Ukrainka, Kiev district, Ukraine. After a Russian missile attack on Thursday night, Trypilska Thermal Power Plant (TPP), Ukraine's largest power-generating plant in the Kyiv region, was reported completely destroyed. It supplied electricity to the regions of Kyiv, Cherkasy, and Zhytomyr. No power cuts occurred in Kyiv or other supplied regions. Trypilska TPP was a 1800 MW thermal power station in Kyiv Oblast, Ukraine, built by the USSR in 1969 and completed in 1977. During the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the station was permanently disabled on April 11, 2024 after Russian missiles set fire to the main turbine hall. (Photo by Kostiantyn Liberov/Libkos/Getty Images) Kostiantyn Liberov/Libkos/Getty Images

Among those killed was 25-year-old police lieutenant Alina Mykolayets, who was fatally wounded by shrapnel. She had been at home on sick leave when Russia attacked, Chernihiv police said.

Russia’s strike comes after Zelensky has for months warned that Ukraine lacks the air defenses necessary to protect its skies.

“This would not have happened if Ukraine had received a sufficient number of air defense systems and if the world’s determination to counter Russian terror had been sufficient,” Zelensky said.

“The Ukrainian determination is sufficient. There must be equally sufficient determination from our partners and, as a result, sufficient support.”

More than 70 people were killed and injured in the Russian strike. More than 70 people were killed and injured in the Russian strike. Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

In an interview with PBS NewsHour that aired Monday, Zelensky said Ukraine had “ran out of missiles” to thwart a Russian airstrike that last week destroyed the biggest power plant in Kyiv region.

The strikes that destroyed the Trypilska power plant demonstrated Russia’s new tactics in its bid to blow apart Ukraine’s power grid, pummeling plants unprotected by air defenses with dozens of drones and missiles at a time.

In a bid to bolster Ukraine’s depleted military, Zelensky on Tuesday signed into law a key piece of legislation overhauling the country’s mobilization rules. The law requires all men between 18 and 60 to register with Ukraine’s military and to carry their registration documents on them at all times.

But the law did not contain provisions for demobilizing soldiers who have spent long periods fighting.

CNN’s Louis Mian and Darya Tarasova contributed reporting.



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