Russian Cruise Missiles Target Civilian Apartment Tower In Odessa.

Odessa Ukraine Apartment Block

Russian missile strikes on Odesa kill 21, including a child, after housing block hit – CNN

At least 21 people were killed when Russia launched missile strikes at a residential building and a recreation center near Odesa, southern Ukraine, officials said on Friday.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russia is conducting terrorism against his country’s cities and people. He described a Russian missile attack as a “supersonic cruise anti-ship missile”.

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister condemned the strikes on Twitter, saying that Russia was continuing its war against civilians.

One of the buildings struck by the strikes was a rehabilitation center for treating Moldovan children with health problems, according to Moldova‘s Minister of Health Ala Nemerenco.

The renovated sanatorium gave children with health problems in the Republic of Moldova the opportunity to benefit from medical rehabilitation services on the Black Sea coast, said Nemerenco. Medical staff were injured and some were killed in the Russian bombardment.

Fighting has raged across the Odesa region for several weeks, but the regaining of Snake Island could mean a reduction of shelling toward Odesa.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied targeting civilian areas in Ukraine, but failed to provide any evidence.

Russia has made some slow but significant gains in the east of Ukraine since refocusing its invasion there. The Russian barrage on Lysychansk has been relentless.

For more on this story, please consider these sources:

  1. Russian missile strikes on Odesa kill 21, including a child, after housing block hit  CNN
  2. Blasts rock Ukraine’s Mykolaiv after missiles kill 21 near Odesa
  3. Russian missiles kill at least 21 in Ukraine’s Odesa region  The Associated Press
  4. Putin’s war is also a crime – the world must punish Russia as a terrorist state  The Guardian
  5. Powerful explosions heard in Ukraine city of Mykolaiv – mayor
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