Moscow: At least seven people were killed and more than 80 others were injured after Russian missiles struck the eastern Ukrainian city of Pokrovsk twice on Monday night, destroying a popular hotel and apartments.
The city of Pokrovsk — which is located at a distance of 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the eastern frontline — where Moscow said it is gaining ground and repelling Ukrainian attacks.
Pavlo Kyrylenko, head of the Donetsk region’s military administration said: “Two missiles — launched 40 minutes apart — damaged residential buildings, a hotel, cafes, shops and administrative buildings Monday.”
Local rescuers rescuers were evacuating survivors from the rubble of a five-storey building, and carrying the wounded into ambulances.
Two rescuers were among the dead, they said. The interior ministry said that 29 police officers and seven rescuers were injured. Two children and 29 civilians were also among the wounded.
In his evening address, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said that Russia used Iskander ballistic missiles to attack “usual residential buildings” in Pokrovsk.