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Three children are among the eight people who have died as a result of a Russian missile strike that killed a restaurant in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk, according to officials on Wednesday.
According to the State Emergency Service of Ukraine’s Telegram post, “as of 07:00pm on June 28, the corpses of eight dead persons (including three children, two of whom were born in 2008 and 2011) were unblocked from beneath the wreckage of the demolished cafe building.
47 persons were hurt, according to the Ukrainian emergency service, in the strike that demolished the well-known Ria Pizza restaurant, which was reported on Telegram.
Yevgen, who had been dining with two companions, stated, “There were a lot of people in there — there are kids under the rubble.”
We were about to go,” he added, but following the explosion, he told AFP that one of his buddies was now “beneath the rubble.”
Three visitors from Colombia, including author Hector Abad, who were in Ukraine to show their support, were mildly hurt in the event.
Soldiers and rescuers sought for other victims as a crowd immediately gathered at the scene, where fires were still blazing.
One of the main cities in the beleaguered east of Ukraine still under Ukrainian control, Donetsk’s governor Pavlo Kyrylenko claimed two Russian missiles had targeted the city, which had once been home to 150,000 people.
One of the restaurant’s cooks, 32-year-old Ruslan, told AFP that “there was a good crowd” there when the missile struck.
I was standing there when I arrived, and then I was buried, he added. I got lucky.
Inconsolable Natalia claimed that her half-brother Nikita, 23, was inside, close to the pizza oven.
“They can’t get him out,” she claimed, “he was covered” in rubble.
In the attack on the city, which Russia has frequently targeted since its invasion in February 2022, a number of surrounding buildings were also damaged.
Approximately 30 kilometres (18 miles) separate Kramatorsk from the front line.
“People told me they heard a plane flying, then there was a hissing and then an explosion,” a 19-year-old Ukrainian soldier who was nearby when the attack took place and went by the alias “Ghost” told AFP.
He dashed into the eatery to assist the rescuers. A girl was hurt and trapped. They still haven’t been able to free her, he claimed.