Video 14:56 02 May 2023

French ambassador visits scene of Uman tragedy where Russian missile killed 23 people

French Ambassador to Ukraine Etienne de Ponсins visited Uman and honored the memory of Ukrainian civilians who died in a high-rise building due to a Russian missile strike on April 28.

The French diplomat reported this on his official Twitter account. He added a photo and video commentary there.

"On April 28, at 4:07 a.m., a Russian missile hit a residential building in Uman. Twenty-three people who were sleeping at the time, including six children, died," Etienne de Poncins wrote.

"I came to express my condolences to the city's mayor, Ms. Pletkova, and all the city's residents. I also came to remind you that rocket attacks on civilian houses are a war crime. Our Minister of Foreign Affairs, Catherine Colonna, has repeatedly emphasized this, and I will remind you again," the ambassador emphasized.

It should be noted that also on that day, in Dnipro, a woman and a three-year-old child died due to Russian shelling on April 28. Also, one child was injured in Ukrainka, Kyiv Oblast, due to rocket debris falling on a house.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called for strengthening global sanctions against Russia after the night attack held by the Russian Federation.

The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dmytro Kuleba, called these enemy missile strikes another proof of the need to arm Ukraine with F-16s.

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On the night of April 28, the Ukrainian military shot down 21 out of 23 missiles and two drones launched by Russian troops. Ihor Taburets, the Head of the Cherkasy Regional Military Administration, stated that two cruise missiles impacted two separate locations within Uman; a residential building and a warehouse.

The first entrance of the residential building was destroyed. It is reported that 110 individuals were registered as tenants of the building. Of the 46 apartments, 27 were completely destroyed.

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