An official said Monday that the death toll from the weekend Russian missile strike on an apartment building in the southeastern Ukrainian city of Dnipro has risen to 35.
Regional Gov. Valentyn Reznichenko said rescuers were still searching through the rubble for more victims. After Saturday’s strike, at least 75 people were injured and 35 others went missing.
The multi-story building housed approximately 1,700 people, and residents claimed there were no military facilities on the premises. According to The Associated Press-Frontline War Crimes Watch project, the reported death toll made it the deadliest attack in one place since a Sept. 30 strike in Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia region.
The strike on the building on Saturday came amid a major barrage of Russian cruise missiles across Ukraine.
Russia’s resumption of air attacks came as fierce fighting raged in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk province, where the Russian military claims control of the small salt-mining town of Soledar, but Ukraine claims its troops are still fighting.
If the Russians gain complete control of Soledar, they will be able to move closer to the larger city of Bakhmut. For months, both sides have suffered significant casualties in the battle for Bakhmut.
With the war approaching its 11th month, the United Kingdom announced that it would send tanks to Ukraine, its first donation of such heavy-duty weaponry. Despite the fact that the pledge of 14 Challenger 2 tanks appeared modest, Ukrainian officials believe it will encourage other Western countries to supply more tanks.
Other developments on Monday:
— Russian forces shelled Kherson and the Kherson region in the last 24 hours, killing three people and injuring 14, according to regional Gov. Yaroslav Yanushevych. The shelling in Kherson damaged a hospital, a children’s disability center, a shipyard, critical infrastructure, and apartment buildings.
— Russian forces struck the city of Zaporizhzhia, damaging industrial infrastructure and injuring three people, two of whom were children, according to the regional administration.
— According to the Belarusian Defense Ministry, the Russian and Belarusian air forces have begun a joint exercise in Belarus that will last until February 1. Russia has sent warplanes to Belarus for the drills.
— Air defenses shot down a drone over the bay of the port of Sevastopol in Crimea, Sevastopol head Mikhail Razvozhayev said.