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Russian rockets destroy Dnipro airport — Ukraine officials

People kneel during the funeral of Yuriy Dadak-Ruf and Taras Kryt, killed due to artillery shelling in the Luhansk region, as Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues, in Lviv, Ukraine, on April 9 2022.
People kneel during the funeral of Yuriy Dadak-Ruf and Taras Kryt, killed due to artillery shelling in the Luhansk region, as Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues, in Lviv, Ukraine, on April 9 2022.
Image: REUTERS/Viacheslav Ratynskyi

Russian forces fired rockets into Ukraine's Luhansk and Dnipro regions on Sunday, Ukrainian officials said, completely destroying an airport and potentially leaving casualties.

Valentyn Reznichenko, governor of the central Dnipropetrovsk region, said emergency workers were combing through an infrastructure facility that was hit in the town of Zvonetsky, adding that details on casualties would be given later.

“Overnight high-precision missiles destroyed the base and headquarters of the nationalist Dnepr battalion in Zvonetsky, which also recently received reinforcements from foreign mercenaries,” Russia's defence ministry said.

Reznichenko said on Telegram that there had also been an attack on the airport in Dnipro city.

“The airport itself was destroyed, as well as nearby infrastructure. And the rockets fly and fly,” Reznichenko said.

Reznichenko said earlier an attack on Dnipro had wounded one person and the rockets had sparked a fire that was eventually put out. A missile had also hit a building in the Pavlograd district, he added.

Serhiy Gaidai, governor of Luhansk, an eastern region bordering Russia, wrote earlier on Telegram that a school and a high-rise apartment building had been hit in the city of Sievierodonetsk.

“Fortunately, no casualties,” Gaidai said.

Reuters could not immediately confirm the reports.


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