Death toll in Belgorod apartment building collapse rises to 13-VIDEO-UPDATED-2

Death toll in Belgorod apartment building collapse rises to 13-VIDEO -UPDATED-2
# 13 May 2024 00:50 (UTC +04:00)

At least 13 people were killed in the Russian city of Belgorod after an apartment building collapsed on May 12, Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry claimed, APA reports citing Kyiv Independent.

Two children are among those killed, the ministry claimed.

According to the Belgorod Oblast Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov, a part of a 10-story apartment building collapsed there earlier in the day.

Gladkov also claimed that the building was hit by a Ukrainian projectile during an air raid alert in the oblast.

Russian air defenses allegedly shot down six Tochka-U missiles and six rockets over Belgorod Oblast, according to the Russian Defense Ministry. The ministry claimed that the residential building was "damaged" by a Tochka-U missile fragment.

*** 21:08

At least nine people were killed and 20 injured on Sunday when a section of a Russian apartment block collapsed after being struck by fragments of a Soviet-era missile, launched by Ukraine and shot down by Russia, Russian officials said, APA reports quoting Reuters.

Footage from the scene showed at least 10 storeys of the building collapsing. Later, as emergency services scoured the rubble for survivors, the roof collapsed and people ran for their lives, dust and rubble falling behind them.

Russia's defence ministry said the attack, which it called a "terrorist attack on residential areas", took place at 0840 GMT and involved at least 12 missiles.

"Fragments of one of the downed Tochka-U missiles damaged an apartment building in the city of Belgorod," the ministry said.

Russia's Interfax said nine people were killed and 20 injured. At least once child was among the missing. Rocket sirens went off as emergency workers searched the rubble.

*** 20:50

At least seven people were killed and 17 injured when a whole section of a Russian apartment block collapsed after it was struck by a Soviet-era missile launched by Ukraine and shot down by Russia, Russian officials said, APA reports citing NDTV.

In one of the deadliest attacks to date on the region of Belgorod, Ukraine launched what Russian officials said was a massive missile attack with Tochka ballistic missiles and Adler and RM-70 Vampire (MLRS) multiple launch rocket systems.

"Fragments of one of the downed Tochka-U missiles damaged an apartment building in the city of Belgorod," the ministry said.

Russian news agencies said at least seven people had been killed and 17 injured, including two children. Others were still trapped under the rubble.

*** 20:09

Rescue workers in the western Russian city of Belgorod have recovered the bodies of six people buried beneath the rubble of an apartment building that collapsed earlier on Sunday after being struck by a Ukrainian missile, APA reports citing The Moscow Times.

"A sixth victim has been recovered from under the rubble in Belgorod," Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry said on Telegram after previously reporting that five people had been found dead in the same place.

Russia's Defense Ministry said earlier on Sunday that a Ukrainian Tochka-U missile hit a "residential district" in the city after it was intercepted by air defense systems.

"The number of injured, according to the latest data, is 20 people," emergency services were quoted as saying by the state-run TASS news agency. Russia's Health Minister had previously said 17 people were injured.

A video released by the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry showed firefighters and rescuers trying to remove a huge pile of tangled rubble.

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