40 people have died in the Ukraine attack, and Russia is reportedly preparing for a protracted conflict.

On Monday, Ukrainian rescue workers carefully carried the bodies of one of the war’s bloodiest recent attacks through steep mounds of rubble as they combed through the remains of a Dnipro apartment complex that a Russian missile had obliterated.

Authorities reported that as of Monday, 30 persons were still missing and that the death toll from the strike had increased to 40. Residents of one of the biggest cities in Ukraine watched largely in silence as tall cranes swung across the angular gaps in a row of apartment towers, the engines grumbling.

Search and rescue teams have been working 24/7 since the missile strike to find casualties and survivors in the ruins of the multistory building, which housed some 1,700 people. According to the regional administration, 39 persons have been saved, while at least 75 have suffered injuries.

According to the AP-Frontline War Crimes Watch project, the alleged death toll places it among the bloodiest strikes on Ukrainian civilians since before the summer. Residents said that there were no military facilities present in the residential building.

Oleksander Anyskevych claimed that when the missile struck, he was in his flat.

“Boom, that’s all. Anyskevych, who visited his destroyed residence on Monday, said: “We saw that we were alive and that’s all.

He admitted to knowing persons who perished under the debris to The Associated Press. One of his son’s pupil’s parents passed away.

Residents of Dnipro brought toys, candles, and flowers to the remains.

Iryna Skrypnyk, a local, stated, “All of us could be there.”

Josep Borrell, the head of foreign policy for the European Union, described the strike and others like it as “inhumane violence” since they specifically targeted civilians. He wrote in a tweet on Sunday, “There will be no impunity for these crimes.

When questioned about the attack on Monday, Dmitry Peskov, a spokesperson for the Kremlin, stated that the Russian military doesn’t target residential structures and that the Dnipro building may have been struck as a result of Ukrainian air defense measures.

The facility was attacked as part of a larger volley of Russian cruise missiles fired over Ukraine. The Russian missile that struck the Dnipro residential building was of a type that the Ukrainian military said it was unable to intercept.

Intense battle raged on Monday in the eastern Ukrainian province of Donetsk, where military specialists have predicted that both sides will certainly sustain significant personnel losses. It was impossible to independently verify the developments.

The Donbas, a vast industrial region bordering Russia that Russian President Vladimir Putin identified as a focal point from the beginning of the war, consists of Donetsk and the neighboring province of Luhansk. Since 2014, there has been conflict between Kyiv’s army and separatists backed by Moscow.

Belarus, which borders Ukraine and acted as a staging area for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, saw the start of a joint drill between the Russian and Belarusian air forces on Monday.

According to the Belarusian Defense Ministry, the exercises will continue through February 1st. For the exercises, Russia has sent its warplanes to Belarus.

After months of humiliating military setbacks, the Institute for the Study of Conflict, a Washington-based think tank, highlighted indications that the Kremlin was moving to turn its invasion of Ukraine into “a major conventional war.”

A Kremlin-friendly regime was intended to be installed in Kyiv as part of what Moscow refers to as “a special military operation,” but Russian forces ultimately withdrew from the area around Kyiv, according to the research tank. After that, a successful Ukrainian counteroffensive was launched in recent months, but military progress was hampered by the arrival of winter.

In a paper released late Sunday, the Institute for the Study of War stated that “the Kremlin is probably prepared to launch a dramatic strategic maneuver in the next six months meant to retake the initiative and stop Ukraine’s recent streak of operational triumphs.”

It underlined allegations that the Russian military command was making “serious preparations” for an increased mobilization effort, reorganizing its command structure, and preserving mobilized people for use in the future.

According to the think group, this means Ukraine’s Western partners “will need to continue helping Ukraine in the long run.”

In recent days, NATO members have made an effort to convince Ukraine that they will continue on their current track. Tanks have been pledged by the UK, while new, expanded combat training for Ukrainian forces by the US military started on Sunday in Germany.

The Polish prime minister encouraged Berlin to send Kyiv a variety of armaments and expressed optimism that Berlin would soon agree to the transfer of battle tanks.

Other Monday developments include:

— According to regional governor Yaroslav Yanushevych, Russian forces shelled the city of Kherson and the surrounding area over the past 24 hours, resulting in the deaths of three people and the injuries of fourteen more. A hospital, a children’s disability center, a shipyard, crucial infrastructure, and apartment buildings were all damaged by shelling in the city of Kherson.

— According to Kyrylo Tymoshenko, the deputy head of the Ukrainian presidential office, Russian soldiers attacked the city of Zaporizhzhia, causing damage to the city’s industrial infrastructure and injuring five persons, including two children.

— According to Mikhail Razvozhayev, the leader of Sevastopol who was installed by Russia, Russian air defenses shot down 10 drones on Monday over the Black Sea close to the port of Sevastopol in seized Crimea.

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