Russia hits Ukraine with deadly precision as China's Xi leaves MoscowMarch 23, 2023
Russia launched a wave of deadly attacks on towns and cities across Ukraine on Wednesday as Chinese leader Xi Jinping departed from Moscow following talks with President Vladimir Putin. At least nine people were killed and seven others were injured when a drone struck a dormitory building in the Kyiv region. In the southeastern city of Zaporizhzhia, at least one person was killed and 34 injured after Russian missiles hit apartment blocks, in what has been described as a "deliberate strike" to "kill civilians". Video of the attack shows an explosion blasting through the side of two nine-story residential buildings. The Ukrainian prosecutor's office said at least six missiles hit the city, causing extensive damage.
Kyrylo Chorniy, 20, was inside the apartment block just meters from where the blast struck and heard an explosion and saw a fire. His father was standing by a window when the explosion happened and narrowly avoided being killed. Chorniy and his parents say they will not be forced out of their home and will sleep at their beds. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called the attack "bestial savagery" and vowed a response from Ukraine. The Biden administration stopped short of accusing Russia of targeting civilians with missile strikes in Zaporizhzhia, but said it "certainly" is consistent with previous such attacks.