Russian missile attack on Odesa kills at least 16 and injures 55

A Russian missile attack on the southern Ukrainian city of Odesa has killed 16 people and injured 55, local governor Oleh Kiper said on Friday.

Local residents and first responders are among the dead, Kiper said, adding that Odesa would declare a day of mourning on Saturday following the attack.


Photo: Odesa region State Emergency Service

An air raid warning was declared twice on Friday in Odesa. The State Emergency Service of Ukraine said that rescuers had immediately arrived on the site of the first strike to search for victims, and were targeted in another attack shortly thereafter.

The strike comes amid recent deadly attacks on Odesa, including a Russian drone strike on a residential building that killed 12 people, among them five children, on 3 March. Three days later, five people were killed in a fresh attack during a visit to Odesa by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

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