Two killed in ‘Russian air strike’ on Ukrainian health clinic and vets

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At least two people have been killed after a Russian missile strike hit a health clinic and a veterinary building in eastern Ukraine, officials have said.

Video footage showed a severely damaged site with smoke pouring out of it, following the attack in the city of Dnipro on Friday.

Most of the upper floor of what appeared to be a three-storey building had been destroyed, along with cars parked nearby.

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More than 20 people are also said to have been injured, including three children.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy described the alleged missile strike as a “crime against humanity”.

He added: “The buildings of a psychological clinic and a veterinary clinic in the city of Dnipro were destroyed…

“Only an evil state can fight against clinics. There can be no military purpose in this. It is pure [Russian] terror.”

Regional governor Serhiy Lysak said a body had been recovered from the ruins of the veterinary building, while a 69-year-old man had also been killed.

 A view shows a clinic heavily destroyed by a Russian missile strike, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Dnipro, Ukraine
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Rescue crews at the scene

He said the victim was “just passing by” the complex at the time of the strike.

Mr Lysak said 21 people were in hospital, and three of them were in a critical condition.

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Ukraine shot down 10 missiles and more than 20 drones launched by Russia in overnight attacks on the capital Kyiv, the city of Dnipro and eastern regions, Ukrainian officials said earlier on Friday.

A fire broke out on the outskirts of the northeastern city of Kharkiv after an oil depot was hit twice, and equipment for pumping oil products was also damaged, the government said.

Russia has yet to comment on the attack but has previously denied charges of war crimes. It claimed Ukraine had struck two regions in southern Russia with a rocket and a drone.

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