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Father filmed celebrating daughter’s birthday – before he died in missile strike on same flat

Footage has emerged of a Ukrainian father celebrating his daughter’s birthday with candles and cake in a kitchen – before he was killed in a Russian missile strike in the same apartment.

The attack last Saturday in Dnipro tore the outer wall off the flat, as images of a vibrant yellow kitchen exposed to the elements spread across social media.

Now an undated video appears to show Ukrainian boxing coach Mykhailo Korenovsky previously inside the same kitchen with his daughter, who blew out four candles on her cake while he stood behind her, holding his other daughter in his arms.

Regional governor Valentyn Reznichenko has said that at least 45 people including six children were killed in the strike on the apartment block on Saturday.


Mr Korenovsky’s other family members were not at home when the building was struck.

A funeral has been held for the coach, whose wife and two daughters were among those who attended the ceremony inside a sports centre.

Ukraine says the apartment block was hit by a Russian Kh-22 missile, an antiquated weapon which is known to be inaccurate and that Ukraine lacks the air defences to shoot down.

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The Soviet-era missile was developed during the Cold War to destroy warships.

The attack was one of the deadliest strikes against civilians during the invasion.

The Kremlin has denied that its wave of missile strikes on that day targeted any residential buildings.


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