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At least three people have been found dead in the rubble of buildings hit by a massive late-night missile strike in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine.
More than 100 police officers worked through the night to recover bodies and rescue survivors who remained trapped in Kramatorsk, a city of 160,000 people before Russia's invasion.
Donetsk police said an Islander-K missile struck homes about 9.45pm local time.
Another act of Russian terrorism. #Russia has just destroyed an apartment building in #Kramatorsk with a missile attack. People shout from under the rubble.
We already know about 2 dead & 7 wounded. But there are still people under the rubble. Rescuers are trying to save them. pic.twitter.com/3VPz6mwKQs
— Inna Sovsun (@InnaSovsun) February 1, 2023
"At least 8 apartment buildings were damaged, one of them was completely destroyed. Preliminarily, it is known about 3 dead civilians and 20 wounded. People may remain under the rubble," the force said on Telegram.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky condemned the Russian strike.
"This is not a repetition of history; this is the daily reality of our country," the president said.
"A country bordering absolute evil. And a country that has to overcome it in order to reduce to zero the likelihood of such tragedies happening again."
He added: "We will definitely find and punish all the perpetrators. They do not deserve mercy."