Russian missile strike hits residential area in Kryvyi Rih

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A Russian missile struck a residential area in Kryvyi Rih, central Ukraine, on June 12, regional authorities reported. Governor Serhii Lysak mentioned casualties and urged people to stay in shelters as air raid alerts remained active.

Earlier, Russian forces launched a mass missile attack targeting multiple Ukrainian regions overnight. Ukrainian defenses shot down all 24 Shahed drones, one Kinzhal ballistic missile, and four Kh-101/555 cruise missiles over several oblasts. An Iskander-M missile was also launched but not intercepted.

In Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, 11 Shahed drones were downed, injuring a 39-year-old man and a 40-year-old woman. Their 13-year-old son suffered shock. A Russian drone attack in Sumy Oblast damaged an energy facility, leaving 14 settlements without power.

Polish and allied aircraft responded to the Russian missile attacks. Air raid alerts were briefly deactivated around 4:45 a.m. but reactivated at 6:15 a.m. due to threats from Russian MiG-31 jets.

Russia has intensified its attacks on Ukraine's critical infrastructure in recent months.

8 dead, 21 injured in Russian missile strike on Kryvyi Rih

At least eight people were killed in a Russian missile strike on Kryvyi Rih, central Ukraine, on June 12, Interior Minister Ihor Klymenko reported. Four people are still missing, and rescue efforts continue. Twenty-one people, including two children, were injured as of 6:00 p.m.

"The police are documenting another Russian war crime," Klymenko added. No details on the missile or victims have been disclosed.

"My condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims," President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Telegram. "Russian terror proves that Ukraine, with its partners, must strengthen air defense."

An explosion was reported by Kryvyi Rih mayor Oleksandr Vilkul at 3:51 p.m., and Governor Serhii Lysak confirmed that a missile hit a residential area.

On the night of June 12, Russia attacked Kyiv with drones and missiles. All enemy targets were destroyed, no destruction was recorded in the capital.

"The strike was combined, using different types of weapons. Thus, the enemy launched Kh-101/Kh-555/Kh-55 cruise missiles from the sides of Tu-95MS strategic bombers. These missiles entered Kyiv from the south in several waves. Almost simultaneously with the missiles enemy air defense missiles were moving towards the capital from the same southern direction.During the repulse of this attack, the enemy also fired ballistics at the capital.

Russians hit critical infrastructure facility in Zaporizhzhia

On Wednesday afternoon, a sudden explosion rocked the Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia, causing significant damage to a critical infrastructure facility. Ivan Fedorov, the Head of Zaporizhzhia Oblast Military Administration, reported the incident on Telegram around 1:00 p.m. on June 12.

Three hours later, Fedorov confirmed that the strike had indeed targeted a crucial part of the city's infrastructure. Fortunately, there were no casualties, but the extent of the damage was significant. Despite the severity of the attack, further details about the missile used and the specific nature of the damage were not disclosed.

"The enemy targeted one of our critical infrastructure facilities," Fedorov wrote, highlighting the deliberate nature of the strike. The city braced itself, with emergency services rushing to the scene to assess and address the damage.

President Volodymyr Zelensky expressed his condolences and emphasized the need for stronger air defenses to protect Ukraine from such attacks. Meanwhile, the residents of Zaporizhzhia began to pick up the pieces, determined to restore normalcy despite the ongoing threat.

Police confirm death of 9-year-old Ukrainian girl in Germany: murder suspected

German police have confirmed that a body found in a forest is that of a 9-year-old Ukrainian girl named Valeriia, who had been missing for a week. At a press conference in Chemnitz, police stated that Valeriia was last seen on June 3 when she went to school and disappeared. Her body was discovered in a forest near Döbeln, Saxony, in an inaccessible area with low vegetation, far from any trails.

"Valeriia was the victim of a crime. We are investigating it as a murder," said police chief Carsten Kempf. The body was examined at the Leipzig Institute of Criminal Expertise, and there were no signs of sexual violence, according to Senior Public Prosecutor Ingrid Burkhard.

In recent days, police have interviewed about 400 people and checked the whereabouts of known sex offenders but have not yet identified any suspects. The investigation is focusing on the immediate circle of acquaintances of Valeriia's family.

Valeriia came from Dnipro Oblast and had been living in Germany with her mother since 2022. Her parents are divorced, and her father serves in Ukraine's defense forces. Valeriia's mother reported her missing when she did not return home at the usual time. Police are also investigating the school administration for delaying the report of her absence.