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Three Russian Iskander missiles killed 17 Ukrainians in Chernihiv. The tragedy in the photos of documentary filmmaker Vyacheslav Ratynsky

Photo by Viacheslav Ratynskyi

On the morning of April 17, Russian troops attacked the center of Chernihiv with three cruise missiles. An eight-story building was destroyed, four high-rise buildings, a hospital, a higher education institution, and dozens of cars were damaged. As of 17:00, 17 people were killed and 61 injured, including three children.

Photo by Viacheslav Ratynskyi

In particular, employees of a university and a medical institution were injured. This was reported by the head of the Chernihiv Regional Military Administration, Vyacheslav Chaus, in his Telegram. Doctors, rescuers, psychologists, and volunteers are working at the scene. Electricity and gas were cut off in the area of arrivals "to prevent more destruction."

Photo by Viacheslav Ratynskyi

Interior Minister Ihor Klymenko said that a 25-year-old police lieutenant was among the dead. She was killed when a rocket fragment hit the roof of her car.

Six people are still missing. "There are probably still people under the rubble of the partially destroyed building," the State Emergency Service of Ukraine reported.

Photo by Viacheslav Ratynskyi  

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy emphasized that if Ukraine had received enough air defense equipment, there would not have been so many victims in Chernihiv.

"Chernihiv. Unfortunately, the death toll may increase. And this would not have happened if Ukraine had received enough air defense equipment and if the world's determination to counter Russian terror had been sufficient," he wrote in a telegram.

"Three days ago in the Middle East we saw what reliable protection of human lives from missiles looks like. Ukraine's partners have the necessary means to help us save Ukrainian lives with the same level of efficiency," Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba wrote on the social network X.


Photo by Viacheslav Ratynskyi  

At the site of the enemy attack, invincibility points and psychological aid stations have been deployed.


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