Russian Missile Attacks Near Ukraine’s Odesa Kill 21 People

After withdrawing its forces from Snake Island in the Black Sea, a Russian missile destroyed a portion of an apartment building while its occupants slept on Friday. Authorities estimate that at least 21 people were killed in the aerial bombardments near the Ukrainian port of Odesa.

Residents of Serhiivka, a tourist community, assisted workers as they dug through the debris of a nine-story apartment building, a portion of which had been damaged during the early-morning strike.

The blast wave harmed the walls and windows of a nearby 14-story residential building. The nearby summer camps were also impacted.

“Together with locals and emergency personnel, we arrived at the scene, evaluated the circumstances, and assisted those who had survived. and others who sadly passed away. We assisted in moving them away “said Oleksandr Abramov, a local who heard the explosion and ran to the scene.

The Odesa regional government’s spokesman, Serhiy Bratchuk, reported that 21 persons had been known to have died, including a 12-year-old boy. A worker of the Children’s Rehabilitation Center that Moldova, Ukraine’s neighbor, established in the resort, perished.

The rockets, according to the regional governor, were launched toward the Black Sea.

Targeting civilians was rejected by the Kremlin. Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Kremlin, said, “I would like to recall you of the president’s statements that the Russian Armed Forces do not deal with civilian centers.

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Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, condemned the attack on the residences and seaside location in his evening video message on Friday, calling it “knowing, purposefully targeted Russian terrorism and not some type of accident or a chance missile strike.”
The attack on Serhiivka happened soon after Russia withdrew its troops from Snake Island, a crucial strategic outcrop located approximately 140 km (85 miles) southeast of Odesa that it had captured on the first day of the conflict.

Valeriy Zaluzhny, the head of the general staff of Ukraine, charged Russia with breaking its word by staying on Snake Island as a “show of goodwill.” Two Russian missiles have huge sum off from a base in Crimea and struck locations on the mainland, according to Zaluzhny on his Telegram channel.

He published a video of the alleged attack. Reuters was unable to independently verify the footage or the Russian action. No immediate Russian response was given.
At least 19 people were killed previously this week when Russia attacked a busy shopping center in central Ukraine. Moscow, according to Kyiv, has increased the number of long-range missile attacks that target civilian areas far from the combat lines. It claims to have been targeting military bases. Thousands of civilians have died since Russia attacked Ukraine on February 24. The assault is described by Russia as a “special operation” to expel nationalists. According to Ukraine and its friends in the West, it is an unjustified aggressive act.

The biggest nuclear power facility in Europe, Zaporizhzhia, has been under Russian control since March in southern Ukraine. The operator of Ukraine’s nuclear power plant announced on Friday that it has restored communication with the country’s cut-off surveillance systems. The United Nations’ nuclear inspector wants to inspect the plant because connections have twice been disrupted since March.

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Snake Island had been used by Russian forces to dominate the western Black Sea and establish a blockade on Ukraine, one of the greatest exporters of grains in the world.

Moscow disputes that the current food crisis is its fault, blaming it instead on Western sanctions that are harming its own exports.

Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, assured both main food importers that Russia will continue to be a significant grain provider when he met with the president of Indonesia on Thursday and spoke by phone with the prime minister of India on Friday.
Russia has been accused by Ukraine of taking grain from the areas that its troops have occupied since their invasion.

A Russian-installed official said on Thursday that after a stoppage of several months the first cargo ship had left Berdyansk port but he did not name the Zhibek Zholy.

The Kremlin has previously denied stealing grain and did not reply to requests for comment on Friday.

In an effort to persuade Ukraine to hand over the provinces of Luhansk and Donetsk, Russia has intensified its campaign of missile strikes on Ukrainian cities at the same time that its soldiers are making progress on the eastern front.

Since taking the territory of Sievierodonetsk last week following some of the hardest fighting of the war, Moscow was on the approach of taking Luhansk.

The city of Lysychansk, located across the Siverskyi Donets river from Luhansk, is the final stronghold of Ukraine and is almost completely surrounded by Russian missile fire.

In Russian-occupied Sievierodonetsk, residents emerged from basements to sift through the rubble of their city.

“Almost all the city infrastructure is destroyed. We are living without gas, electricity, and water since May,” Sergei Oleinik, 65, told Reuters.

More weapons were needed in both eastern and southern Ukraine, said Zelenskiy, as the Pentagon announced the United States was sending two NASAMS surface-to-air missile systems, four additional counter-artillery radars, and ammunition as part of its latest arms package.

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