Andrei Rykhil (17), Vladislav Kuznetsov (20), Anton Babich (21), Danilo Kornilov (21), Viktor Tolstov (23) and an unidentified person were killed in the Russian airstrike against Kryvyi Rih in Dnipropetrovsk Province, central Ukraine, early Tuesday morning.
It’s reports Svoji Kryvyj Rih local newspaper.
The teenager and the two young men worked together at a logistics company in a suburb outside the center of Kryvyi Rih, the hometown of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
After floods in southern Ukraine, the company worked around the clock in shifts to top up bottled water and send it to affected areas, the local paper writes.
On Tuesday night, all the employees who were at work were killed.
Introduced the mourning period
Three of the dead, Anton Babitsig (21), Andrij Reichel (17) and Vladislav Kuznetsov (20), were born and raised in the relevant suburb where the company is located.
Rykhel graduated from high school earlier this year.
Local authorities have scheduled a two-day mourning period, which began on Wednesday, the local newspaper writes.
The three must have been best friends since childhood.
23-year-old Tolstov and 21-year-old Kornilov were not from the same suburb. However, all six are said to have gotten along well with each other, and are described as good fellows.
Killed a young couple
And 12 people were killed in the missile attack on Tuesday. A number of buildings were hit, including the aforementioned company building and a five-storey building.
In an apartment building, two people were killed: young married men David and Ksenija Edelman, both 22 years old.
The couple got married last year, and David works as an elementary school teacher. Like many others, the couple was asleep when the missile attack hit Kryvyi Rih.
– We slept. Then hit. I rushed to my mother, and we crawled together through heaps of broken glass. Blood flowed, and then we just stood there and watched how our house caught fire, said a woman who lived in the apartment building in question. Brsij Meskeg TV channel Tuesday.
Reuters news agency wrote that emergency services had to evacuate other residents in the area.
– I ran to my door after an explosion woke me up, but it was too hot. The smoke was thick. what can i do? I sat on the balcony, afraid of losing consciousness. It took a long time before someone came. “I thought I might have to jump up a tree,” Olha Chernousova told the news agency.
Twelve others were killed
Ukraine has recently suffered a number of deadly airstrikes that have hit civilian targets.
On Wednesday alone, another 12 people were killed in various attacks across Ukraine.
At least three people were killed in a Russian missile attack on the port city of Odessa on Wednesday night. In addition, three people were killed in artillery attacks on Ukrainian-controlled areas of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine.
Six people were killed when Russian forces fired at a car in a village in Sumy region, northeastern Ukraine, which borders Russia. Local authorities said four of the dead were rangers.
Many of the attacks occur at the same time that Ukraine begins its expected counter-offensive.
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