Rescuers search for survivors amid the rubble of a building destroyed by Russian airstrikes in eastern Ukraine on February 2, as Ukraine says it expects such a war to come on the first anniversary of the Russian invasion.
On February 1, a Russian missile hit a residential building in the center of Khmer Tosh, located in the Donets industrial region of eastern Ukraine, killing at least four people and injuring 20 others.
Rescuers with flashlights on their helmets tried to pull survivors out of the rubble. The dust covered their faces as they tried to find survivors in the dark.
Because they believe many people may be trapped, paramedics, search and rescue dogs; Explosives experts searched the area extensively, Donet Regional Police said.
“The first thing you hear is the siren call. After that, everything was blown around,” said 71-year-old Pedro. His apartment was said to have been destroyed.
“This is the reality of daily life in our country,” he said.
The Donut attack comes as the first anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine approaches. Russia says it has recently seized territory in the Donets region.
“The Russians live with symbols, so I think they will do something around February 24,” Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksyr Zykov said in an interview broadcast on French television late on February 1.
“They can open two fronts and attack. We need weapons to counter the enemy,” he said.
“We do not underestimate the enemy. “There is no stopping their military campaign,” said the Ukrainian Defense Minister.
Rezhnikov said that Ukraine believed Russia had deployed nearly 500,000 troops, a number far greater than the 300,000 it had recently mobilized.
Ukraine expanded its anti-corruption crackdown on February 1, searching homes linked to a defunct tycoon and a former interior minister.