Russian police have detained four people at an improvised memorial for at least 45 people who were killed by a Russian strike on a residential building in Ukraine's Dnipro, a rights group said Wednesday, Dec 18.

AFP journalists earlier this week saw a handful of people laying flowers and children's toys at a statue of Ukrainian poetess Lesya Ukrainka in the Russian capital.

They also placed a photograph of the hollowed out building in Dnipro, struck at the weekend.

The OVD-Info rights group, which monitors arrests in Russia, said two people were detained as they lay flowers at the statue.

"Two others who were nearby were also detained," the group said.

It said it did not know their names, saying only that one of them was a woman who came with her dog.


Ukraine has said 20 more people are missing in Dnipro following the weekend strike that ripped open the side of residential building in the central Ukraine city.

Russia has introduced strict laws that effectively ban criticism of its offensive in Ukraine.

The Kremlin has denied striking residential areas in Ukraine.


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