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Russian strikes in Vinnytsia kill at least 23, with a gruesome civilian toll

Russian missiles struck a business center in the central Ukrainian city of Vinnytsia, killing at least 23 people in an attack Ukrainian authorities described as a war crime and act of terrorism.

The strikes, by three cruise missiles launched from a Russian submarine in the Black Sea, damaged a nine-story office block and destroyed cars in its parking lot far from the war’s front lines at about 10:50 a.m., Ukrainian officials said, according to the Reuters news agency. Restaurants and nearby residential buildings also appeared to have been struck in the attack. President Volodymyr Zelensky said two “community facilities” had been destroyed.

Ukraine’s state emergency service said 23 people, including three children, were killed in the strike. Sixty-six people were hospitalized, with 34 in serious condition and five in critical condition. Rescuers are still searching for 39 other people in the aftermath.

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