Twenty injured in explosion near Dnipro

(Reuters) – An explosion ripped through a two-story residential building near the central Ukrainian city of Dnipro on Saturday, injuring at least 20 people, including five children, regional governor Serhiy Lysak said.

Serhiy Lysak said on the Telegram messaging app that the condition of the three children was serious. A total of 17 people are undergoing treatment in the hospital.

Local media reported that emergency workers pulled four people from the rubble of a collapsed building in the town of Pidhorodne, north of Dnipro. Another child is likely still trapped, Serhiy Lysak said.

Posts on social media report that a Russian missile exploded and also hit an emergency services building.

Ukrainian military officials have not confirmed responsibility for the missile launch.

The strike took place between the two houses, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Telegram.

“Unfortunately there are people under the rubble,” he said. “Russia has proved once again that it is a terrorist state”.

Moscow consistently denies accusations that its troops deliberately target civilians.

In footage circulated on social media, rescuers could be seen working in the still-smoldering rubble of a collapsed building.

(Ron Popsky and Oleksandr Kozhukhar, French edition report by Kate Enstringer)

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