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Rescuers search for dozens trapped after Russian strike

Headlines 12:03 11 Jul, 2022

Six people have been recovered from the rubble, while the emergency services said rescuers were in verbal contact with three other people under the ruins

Rescuers search for dozens trapped after Russian strike

Ukrainian emergency services are continuing to comb through the rubble of an apartment building in eastern Ukraine searching for two dozen people, including a child, feared trapped after a Russian rocket strike killed 15 people, Qazet.az reports.

At least 15 people died and dozens were injured after a series of rockets fired by Russian forces hit a five-storey apartment building in the town of Chasiv Yar in eastern Ukraine on Saturday night.

Pavlo Kyrylenko, the governor of the Donetsk region, said more than 24 people could be trapped under the rubble of the apartment block, as rescue operations were still under way.

According to Kyiv, the building was hit by Russian Uragan rockets fired from truck-borne systems.

The Ukrainian emergency services initially gave a death toll of 10, but later revised the figure to 15.

Six people have been recovered from the rubble, while the emergency services said rescuers were in verbal contact with three other people under the ruins.

We ran to the basement, there were three hits, the first somewhere in the kitchen,” a resident, Ludmila, 24, told Reuters. “The second, I do not even remember, there was lightning, we ran towards the second entrance and then straight into the basement. We sat there all night until this morning.”