Crews search for survivors after missile strike

Crews searched for survivors in the central Ukrainian town of Vinnytsia on Friday after Ukrainian authorities said a Russian missile strike killed at least 23 people and injured around 100 others. the day before.

Eighty people remained hospitalized, Ukraine’s emergency service said. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his evening speech that four people were still missing after the strike.

Police have identified 19 of those killed, national police chief Ihor Klymenko said in a Facebook post. Among the victims were a 4-year-old girl and two boys aged 7 and 8, he said.

The missiles damaged more than 50 buildings, including a hospital, Klymenko previously said, calling the strike a “cynical, cruel and insidious crime that has no excuse” in another Facebook post.

On Friday, teams, including sniffer dogs, searched the debris of destroyed residential and commercial buildings, focusing their attention on two sites – an office building with a medical center inside and a concert hall near an area outdoor recreation and park.

Other developments

►Russia remains barred from some of Europe’s best-known football competitions, including the Champions League, after the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday dismissed appeals from the country’s national football federation and four clubs, confirming decisions to exclude Russia by the European Union Football Federations and FIFA.

►Bulgaria will continue to repair Ukrainian military equipment even after Moscow’s decision to suspend Russian helicopter repair certificates from Bulgarian companies, the country’s Defense Minister Dragomir Zakov said on Friday. Bulgaria previously refused to send arms directly to Ukraine but agreed to repair Ukrainian military equipment in its factories.

4-year-old girl killed in Russian missile strike was ‘still cheerful’

One of the children killed in the Russian strike in Vinnytsia was Liza, 4, who was on her way to a meeting with her mother on Thursday. His mother, Iryna Dmytrieva, was among the injured.

“She remembered that she was looking for her daughter and Liza was already dead,” Iryna’s aunt, Tetiana Dmytrysyna, told The Associated Press on Friday. “The mother was stripped of the most precious thing she had.”

Photos of Liza’s body on the ground next to her bloodstained stroller were shared widely on social media after the missile hit.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s wife, Olena Zelenska, said she met the “wonderful girl”, who has Down syndrome, while shooting a Christmas video with a group of children.

“Liza was a sunny baby,” remembers her great-aunt. “She was a very bright child. She could draw, spoke, always helped the adults and always smiled. Always in a good mood.

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British aid worker dies in custody of pro-Russian separatists

Paul Urey, a 45-year-old British aid worker held by Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine, has died, authorities said.

Daria Morozova, the human rights ombudsman for the Moscow-backed separatist leaders in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region, has accused Urey of being a British “mercenary”. She said he died of chronic illness and stress on Sunday.

The co-founder of the Presidium Network charity said Urey has diabetes and needs regular insulin.

“It is obvious that his welfare has not been looked after,” said Byrne, adding that British authorities had informed Urey’s family of his death and calling for his body to be released and returned to his family.

Urey was arrested in April along with Dylan Healy, another Briton, as the two worked alone to help evacuate civilians.

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Brittney Griner’s lawyer presents doctor’s letter for cannabis

A lawyer for basketball star Brittney Griner presented a letter from a doctor recommending cannabis to treat pain in a Russian court on Friday, days after Griner pleaded guilty to drug possession charges.

Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist who plays basketball for a Russian team during the WNBA offseason, was arrested at a Moscow airport in February after Russian authorities said they found vape cartridges containing cannabis oil in his luggage. She faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of drug-related charges.

The US government faces mounting pressure to secure Griner’s release, an effort likely made difficult amid tensions fueled by Russia’s invasion and the ongoing war with Ukraine.

The next hearing in the case was scheduled for July 26. Lawyers say sentencing in the case could take place in the coming weeks.

Contribute: The Associated Press

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