Russian missile blasts hole in administrative building in Mykolaiv, southern Ukraine

View of the damaged building of the Regional State Administration in Mykolaiv
First responders are seen at the site of the Mykolaiv Regional State Administration building in Mykolaiv, Ukraine, after it was badly damaged during the ongoing Russian invasion, in this handout picture released March 29, 2022. Mykolayiv Regional State Administration/Handout via REUTERS

March 29, 2022

By Natalie Thomas

MYKOLAIV, Ukraine (Reuters) – A Russian missile struck the regional administration building in the southern Ukrainian port city of Mykolaiv on Tuesday, trapping 11 people under the rubble, local governor Vitaliy Kim said.

One picture showed a large hole in the side of the building. On Tuesday, Reuters witnesses saw the destruction from afar and ambulances and fire engines rushing to the scene. The area has been cordoned off by the Ukrainian authorities.

Russian forces have attacked Ukraine’s southern ports, including Kherson, Odessa, Mykolaiv and Mariupol, as they attempt to cut off Ukraine from the Black Sea and establish a land corridor from Russia to Crimea, the peninsula captured by Russia in 2014.

“They destroyed half the building and invaded my office,” Kim said. “The entire supply of IQOS (electronic cigarettes) was lost.”

“Most (people) miraculously escaped – eight civilians are now under the rubble and we hope that (they) will be pulled out,” he said, adding that three military personnel were also trapped.

Kim said there was one benefit to the strike – he suggested Russia had given up trying to take over the city.

Russia calls its actions in Ukraine a “special military operation” to disarm and “denazify” its neighbor. She denies attacking civilians. Ukraine and the West say Russian President Vladimir Putin has launched an unprovoked war.

(Reporting by Natalie Thomas and Pavel Polityuk; Writing by Matthias Williams; Editing by Janet Lawrence) Russian missile blasts hole in administrative building in Mykolaiv, southern Ukraine

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