The Russian projectile crashed into the building after being intercepted by Ukrainian air defenses, Aleksey Arestovich said
A Russian missile that fell on a building in Dnepr in eastern Ukraine on Saturday was shot down in the air by kyiv forces, said Aleksey Arestovich, senior adviser to President Vladimir Zelensky.
Zelensky and Ukrainian officials initially reported that the nine-story building had been hit by a Russian missile. According to regional governor Valentin Reznichenko, the toll had risen to 18 dead and 73 injured by Sunday morning.
Arestovich, however, said in a YouTube interview with Russian activist Mark Feygin that the missile was shot down by Ukrainian troops.
When asked if the Dnepr air defense forces had the opportunity to intercept the incoming missile, Arestovich said: ” He was shot. He apparently fell on [apartment] block. But he exploded when he fell.
Arestovich later wrote on Facebook that Russia was ultimately responsible for the deaths. “Everyone fully understands that the tragedy would not have taken place had it not been for the Russian strike.”
“No one will blame Ukraine. Just as it was not blamed when our air defense missile fell in Poland, killing two Polish citizens,” Arestovich added, referring to an incident that happened last fall.
On November 15, a missile killed two people in the Polish village of Przewodow near the Ukrainian border. Polish officials said at the time that the projectile was most likely fired by Ukrainian forces trying to repel a Russian attack. President Zelensky first asserted that Poland was “hit by Russian missiles” but later said further investigation was needed to determine what happened.
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Russia has so far not commented on the reported strikes on Saturday, but denied targeting civilians in earlier statements.
Russia dramatically stepped up its strikes against Ukrainian infrastructure in early October last year, accusing kyiv of repeated acts of sabotage on Russian soil, including the bombing of the strategic Crimean bridge.
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