Russian Missile Strikes Kill at Least 21 People, Including Two Children, in Town Near Odesa

At least 21 people including two children have died after two Russian missiles struck a multistorey block of flats and a recreation centre in a small coastal town near Odesa, an attack Ukrainian authorities interpreted as payback for Russian troops being forced from Snake Island a day earlier.

Video showed the charred ruins of buildings in the town of Serhiyivka. The Ukrainian president’s office said three X-22 missiles fired by Russian warplanes struck a block of flats and a campsite shortly before 1am local time.

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Ukraine’s security service said a further 38 people, including six children and a pregnant woman, were taken to hospital with injuries. Most of those killed and injured were asleep when the missiles struck.

The attack came at the end of a week in which Moscow has escalated its long-range attacks, hitting civilian targets far from the frontline.

Odesa’s military spokesperson, Sergei Bratchuk, said the missile attack was carried out by “strategic aircraft” from the direction of the Black Sea. “One rocket hit a nine-storey residential building, the other a holiday campsite in the Belgorod-Dniester region,” he said.

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SOURCE: The Guardian, Lorenzo Tondo and Samantha Lock

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