Russian missile strike on block of flats kills at least three people

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A Russian missile has destroyed a five-storey apartment building in Ukraine overnight.

At least three people are confirmed dead, while rescuers continue to comb debris in the city of Zaporizhzhia.

Nine survivors were pulled from under the rubble, including a pregnant woman, but more are thought to be trapped.

At least 11 people are reported to have been injured by the shelling in the early hours of this morning.

Mayor Anatoly Kurtev stressed the building was ‘almost completely destroyed’.

The Zaporizhzhia Regional Military Administration said Russia appears to have used a S-300 missile.

Footage from the scene in the centre of the southern city shows a mountain of rubble where a high-rise stood until a few hours ago.

Rescue teams can be seen pulling an elderly woman out of the shattered slabs of concrete and metal.

Those fortunate enough to have survived the shelling were seen rejoicing outside in the dark.

A statement by the main department of the Ukrainian State Emergency Service in the region read: ‘On the night of March 2, the enemy launched missile strikes on Zaporizhzhia.

‘As a result, floor five to floor one in a residential house were destroyed.

‘As of 5am, all emergency and relevant services were working at the scene.’

Volodymyr Zelensky said in a statement on social media: ‘At night, the occupiers hit the city center, a high-rise building. 3,4,5 floors were destroyed.

‘Unfortunately, there are dead and injured. Search and rescue operations are ongoing.

‘The terrorist state wants to turn every day for our people into a day of terror. But evil will not reign in our land.

‘We will drive all the occupiers out and they will definitely be held accountable for everything.’

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