Russian missile strike kills 23 in Ukraine
At least 23 people have been killed and 28 wounded in a Russian missile strike that hit a convoy of civilian vehicles near the southern Ukrainian of Zaporizhzhia.
Zaporizhzhia regional Governor
Oleksandr Starukh wrote on Telegram on Friday that “So far, 23 dead and 28 wounded. All civilians.”
Police and emergency workers had rushed to the scene of the missile strike, the impact of which threw chunks of dirt into the air and sprayed the vehicles with shrapnel.
The windows of the vehicles – mostly cars and three vans – were blown out.
The vehicles were packed with the occupants’ belongings, blankets, and suitcases.
A body leaned from the driver’s seat into the passenger seat of a yellow car, his left hand still clutching the steering wheel.
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Plastic sheets were draped over the bodies of a woman and young man in a green car in the next car in front.
Two bodies lay in a white mini-van in front of that car, its windows blown and the sides pitted with shrapnel.
A woman who gave her name as Nataliya said she and her husband had been visiting their children in Zaporizhzhia.
“We were returning to my mother who is 90 years old. We have been spared. It’s a miracle,” she said, standing with her husband beside their car.