House destroyed during a rocket attack by the Russian occupants in Dnipro, eastern Ukraine (Picture: Mykola Myakshykov/Ukrainform/Abaca Press/Alamy Live News).
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Ukraine: Dnipro resident describes 'panic' after Russian air strikes

Russia widened its offensive in Ukraine on Friday.

House destroyed during a rocket attack by the Russian occupants in Dnipro, eastern Ukraine (Picture: Mykola Myakshykov/Ukrainform/Abaca Press/Alamy Live News).

A resident of Dnipro in Ukraine has described the "panic" after three air strikes on Ukraine's fourth-largest city. 

Daria Matveytseva told the PA news agency: "We woke up from the sound of explosion, then we heard another one louder and the third one in time.

"People here are in panic (because) missiles hit not the military objects, but shoe factory, also near kindergarten and civil building."

Russia widened its offensive in Ukraine on Friday, while the huge, armoured column that had been stalled for over a week outside Kyiv was on the move again, spreading out into forests and towns near the capital.

Ms Matveytseva said she hopes there will be "no more bombing here" but that Russia's recent attacks mean she cannot be sure.

"We did not think that Dnipro will be bombed, we still hope it's only to cause panic among people and there will be no more bombing here," she said.

"But who knows... seeing how mercilessly they bomb Kharkiv, Mariupol and Volnovakha and all other places you can't be sure anymore.

"It’s really scary about missiles (because there is) not much we can do about it... and we just pray every day for it to be over."

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