Video shows survivor rescued from rubble of Ukrainian building hit by Russian missile attack


Aid workers in eastern Ukraine continue to search for survivors in the ruins of three buildings hit by a Russian missile attack.

At least one man was pulled from the rubble on Sunday after a lengthy operation to free him from the concrete.

He was taken to hospital. It was not known if he had any serious injuries.

Emergency services said the latest rescue has brought the number of survivors pulled from the rubble to six.

At least 15 people were killed in an attack on residential buildings in the city of Chasiv Yar, in the Donetsk region late Saturday night.

A local official said four missiles hit the buildings mostly occupied by people working in nearby factories.

Six rescuers in protective gear stand atop the wreckage of a residential building.
Rescue workers have been on the scene since shortly after the rocket attack.AP: Nariman El-Mofty

It is estimated that 24 people are still in custody, including a nine-year-old child.

Cranes and excavators worked with rescue teams to clear the ruins of a building whose walls had been completely demolished by the impact of the strike.

The rescuers continued to work despite the dangerous conditions.

The drone of artillery in the front line, just a few miles away, could be heard, causing some workers to shrink and others to take cover.

Anxiously waiting for residents

A frightened man in a blue t-shirt waits with his left hand over his mouth as rescuers search the nearby rubble of a building.
Valerii’s cousin and sister have not returned his calls since the attack.AP: Nariman El-Mofty

Valerii, who gave only his first name, waited for news about his sister and nine-year-old nephew.

The couple lived in the collapsed building and hadn’t answered his calls since Saturday night.

Saturday night’s rocket attack was the latest in a recent series of heavy casualties targeting civilian structures.

At least 19 people were killed when a Russian missile hit a shopping center in the city of Kremenchuk in late June.

Another 21 people were killed when an apartment building and recreation area came under rocket fire in the southern region of Odessa this month.

Russia has repeatedly said that in the war it will only hit targets of military value.

There was no comment on Chasiv Yar during a Russian Defense Ministry briefing on Sunday.

Chasiv Yar is located about 20 kilometers southeast of Kramatorsk, a town that is expected to be a prime target of Russian forces moving west.

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