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Russian Missile Attack on Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine, Leaves 73 Injured, One Fatality Reported

The toll from a recent Russian missile strike on Kryvyi Rih has risen to 73 injured individuals, with one fatality confirmed, Ukrainian media has said.

Serhii Lysak, the head of the Dnipropetrovsk regional military administration, gave this update in a Telegram post, as reported by Ukrinform.

The attack caused significant damage to the city, including 62 apartment buildings, seven private houses, and over 50 cars.

AOAV has recorded 1,224 civilians killed and injured across 217 incidents in the Dnipropetrovsk oblast, making it the fifth most affected after Donetsk (5,781 civilian casualties), Kharkiv (2,186), Kherson (2,058), and Zaporizhzhia (1,231).

On the 31 July, a Russian missile strike on the Ukrainian city of Kryvyi Rih also claimed the lives of at least six individuals, including a 10-year-old girl and her mother. Ukraine’s interior minister then reported that 69 others sustained injuries when missiles struck a high-rise building and a university.

At the time, Serhiy Lysak, the regional governor, declared a day of mourning to honour those lost in the attack.

Kryvyi Rih, the hometown of President Volodymyr Zelensky, has consistently been targeted by Russian strikes.

While Nikopol has been the most affected city in Dnipropetrovsk in terms of recorded incidents of explosive weapons use (101), it is the third most affected for civilian casualties (277), behind Kryvyi Rih (307 civilians harmed across 30 incidents), and Dnipro (348 civilian casualties, 26 incidents).

In June, a “massive missile attack” on civilian buildings in the city also resulted in 11 fatalities and 28 injuries.

While Moscow has consistently denied targeting civilians, Western leaders, including US President Joe Biden, have accused Russia of indiscriminate bombings in areas with “no military purpose.”

Earlier this summer, the UN reported approximately 25,671 civilian casualties since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began last year, though the actual figure is likely much higher.

Overall, AOAV has recorded 1,6513 civilians killed and injured by explosive weapons use in Ukraine since 24 February 2022.

AOAV’s casualty figures represent the lowest of estimations in terms of the number of people killed and injured by explosive weapon use. In an effort to quantify the explicit harm caused by specific explosive weapons, AOAV solely records incident-specific casualty figures, as reported in English-language media.

AOAV condemns the use of violence against civilians and the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. All actors should stop using explosive weapons with wide-area effects where there is likely to be a high concentration of civilians.