In contrast, Sweden, which holds the rotating presidency of the European Union, denounced Russia as a “war crime.”
Almost 48 hours after the attack, 40 bodies had been recovered yesterday, according to relief services, and 75 wounded.
Rescue operations continued to try to find survivors under the rubble, with the intervention of cranes to take rescuers to the most damaged apartments or to lift concrete slabs. According to the authorities, 29 people are still missing.
Since the start of the rescue operations, 29 people have been saved alive from the ruins.
The Kremlin took two days to react and its spokesman maintained on Monday his country’s strategy of denying that its troops were responsible for such a bombing.
“The Russian Armed Forces do not bombard residential buildings or civilian infrastructure. They are shelling military targets,” Peskov said, despite the fact that several shelling strikes have hit multiple civilian targets since the invasion began on February 24.
On Sunday, Russian President Vladimir Putin did not comment on the issue, but did say that the operation in Ukraine has a “positive dynamic”, a few days after Moscow claimed responsibility for the seizure of a small town in the east.
The attack on the Dnipro residential building is part of a regular and massive bombing campaign that Moscow began in October against Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, aimed at leaving the population in the dark and without heating in the dead of winter.
Meanwhile, the Westerners have multiplied their promises of military aid to Ukraine, projecting the shipment of armored vehicles and tanks, breaking with the initial reluctance when it comes to sending heavy material. The UK and Poland plan to send tanks.
Meanwhile, Putin denounced, during a conversation with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, “the destructive strategy of the kyiv regime, which has opted for an intensification of hostilities with the support of its Western sponsors, who are increasing supplies of weapons and military equipment” to the Ukrainians.
“The tanks are burning and they are going to burn,” Dmitri Peskov had warned the press shortly before, once again accusing Westerners of using Ukraine to “achieve anti-Russian objectives.”
On Saturday, the UK announced it will supply Ukraine with Challenger 2 tanks, which will be the first Western-made heavy tanks the former Soviet republic will receive. And this Monday, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that Berlin approved the delivery of German-made Leopard tanks to Ukraine.
Moscow last week claimed victory, claiming it had taken the northern town of Soledar from Bakhmut. This old mining town had about 10,000 inhabitants before the war. Ukraine denies having abandoned this town, stating that fighting is still ongoing.
The head of German diplomacy, Annalena Baerbock, was in favor on Monday of the creation of a special court to judge the Russian leaders after the invasion of Ukraine, as she indicated during a speech in The Hague.
For his part, the director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Argentine Rafael Grossi, plans to travel to Ukraine this Monday.
In a tweet, he stressed that his organization will increase its presence in the country “to help prevent a nuclear accident during the ongoing conflict.”
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