Updated Jul 15, 2022 - World

Russian missile strikes kill at least 23 people in central Ukraine

Firefighters inspect a damaged building following a Russian airstrike in the city of Vinnytsia, west-central Ukraine on July 14.

Firefighters inspect a damaged building following a Russian airstrike in the city of Vinnytsia in west-central Ukraine on Thursday. Photo: Sergei Supinsky/AFP via Getty Images

Rescuers in Ukraine's central city of Vinnytsia were searching through rubble for survivors on Friday after a Russian missile strike killed at least 23 people and injured over 100 others, Ukrainian officials said Friday.

What's new: Local authorities said 39 people were still missing one day after the attack that killed at least three children.

What they're saying: "Every day, Russia destroys the civilian population, kills Ukrainian children, directs rockets at civilian objects," Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said after the attack. "What is this, if not an open act of terrorism?"

  • Zelensky said in an address on Thursday night that the attack "once again proved that Russia must be officially recognized as a terrorist state."

The big picture: Vinnytsia, which is located west of the Dnipro River and had a prewar population of more than 370,000, had been relatively unscathed from Russian military activity in recent weeks, the New York Times reports.

  • Thursday's strike is the latest on a civilian target that does not appear to be linked to a specific military object, per the Times.

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Editor's note: This article was updated after the death and injuries tolls increased from 20 and 90, respectively, to include the number of people still missing and following Zelensky's comments calling Russia a "terrorist state."

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