Swedish EU presidency – EURACTIV.com


Russia’s weekend strike on a residential block in Dnipro, which killed a minimum of 40 folks, constitutes a “battle crime”, EU presidency holder Sweden stated on Monday (16 January).

“The Swedish authorities condemns within the strongest phrases Russia’s persevering with systemic assault in opposition to civilians… together with Saturday’s missile strike on an condo block in Dnipro”, Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson advised reporters, including that “intentional assaults in opposition to civilians are battle crimes”.

The demise toll from a Russian missile strike within the Ukrainian metropolis of Dnipro rose to 40 on Monday with dozens extra lacking, making it the deadliest civilian incident of Moscow’s three-month marketing campaign of hurling missiles at cities removed from the entrance.

Ukrainian officers acknowledged little hope of discovering anybody else alive within the rubble of Saturday’s assault in Dnipro, however President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated the rescue within the central Ukrainian metropolis would go on “so long as there may be even the slightest likelihood to avoid wasting lives”.

“Dozens of individuals have been rescued from the rubble, together with six youngsters. We’re preventing for each individual!” Zelenskщy stated in an in a single day televised handle.

Moscow denies deliberately focusing on civilians in a marketing campaign of air strikes since October which have knocked out energy and water in Ukrainian cities, and says the incident in Dnipro was brought on by Ukrainian air defences.

Kyiv says it has no method of taking pictures down the anti-ship missile it says struck an condo constructing in Dnipro on Saturday throughout Russia’s newest volley of assaults.

In line with some sources the Russian anti-ship missile, which is tough to be introduced down, as a result of it flies at low altitude, was geared toward an influence central positioned close by, and hit the condo constructing as a result of it was on its method.

At the very least 40 folks have been killed within the assault with 30 nonetheless unaccounted for, metropolis official Gennadiy Korban stated. He stated 75 folks have been wounded together with 14 youngsters.

(With further reporting by Georgi Gotev)

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