Odessa: Russian missile strikes kill 21 people, including a child, after hitting a residential building

According to the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, a residential building was damaged in the attack, killing 16 people.

Four more people, including a child, were killed when a rocket hit a community center and a third rocket landed in a field. According to those interviewed, at least 40 people were injured.

“We do not expect to find anyone alive, but there is a chance,” First Deputy Interior Minister Yevgeny Yenin said on Friday, speaking from the scene of the attacks.

The footage from the scene shows that the residential building was dismantled, and the wreckage was scattered on the ground.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that Russia is carrying out terrorism against the cities and residents of his country.

“This is not a single strike and not an accident, as the Russian media say every day. This is a targeted Russian missile strike, Russian terror against our cities, towns, our people – adults and children,” he said at the meeting. with Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre in Kyiv.

He described the Russian missile as “a supersonic cruise anti-ship missile” that is “designed to attack aircraft carriers and other large warships, and the Russian army used it against an ordinary building with ordinary civilians.”

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba denounced the strikes on Twitter, saying: “The terrorist state of Russia continues its war against civilians, launching nighttime rocket attacks on the Odessa region, killing dozens of people, including children. I urge partners to provide Ukraine with modern missile defense systems as soon as possible. Help us save lives and end this war.”

According to the Minister of Health of Moldova, Alla Nemerenko, one of the buildings affected by the strike was a rehabilitation center for the treatment of Moldovan children with health problems.

Rescuers at the site of the missile attack.

In a Facebook statement, Nemerenko said that while the building itself was not severely damaged, one employee was killed and five were injured in the attack.

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,” Nemerenco said.

She paid tribute to the facility’s medical staff, who were wounded and killed in the Russian bombardment.

“These peaceful people made the days of the children of Moldova more beautiful, they took care of their rehabilitation with great love and devotion, and we sincerely wish them a full recovery. To the family of the deceased colleague, we express our deepest condolences and sorrow.”

According to Nemerenko, the Moldovan rehabilitation center has been closed to patients since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. It is believed that there were no children in the center at the time of the attack.

For several weeks now, fighting has been going on in the Odessa region, bordering the strategically important Black Sea.

But some Ukrainian officials are cautiously optimistic about Return of Snake IslandUkrainian outpost on the Black Sea could mean less shelling towards Odessa.

“Now it is known why the enemy occupied (Snake) Island. They filled the territory with weapons and fired from them,” Andriy Demchenko, a spokesman for the state border service, said at a briefing on Friday. “We hope that now the shelling of the territory of Ukraine will decrease.”

Recent attacks on pro-Russian officials in southern Ukraine point to signs of a growing resistance movement

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied on Friday that Russia is targeting civilian areas in Ukraine and reiterated the oft-repeated claim that it is directing its airstrikes against buildings containing munitions or training troops. But, as with previous similar allegations following the Russian attacks, he was unable to provide any evidence that this was the case.

Russia has made some slow but significant gains in eastern Ukraine after refocusing its invasion there. A spokesman for the Russia-backed Lugansk People’s Republic said on Friday that Russian troops had “completely taken over” an oil refinery in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lysychansk, even though Ukraine acknowledged only a “partial” Russian success.

According to the head of the military administration of the Luhansk region, Sergei Gaidai, Russian shelling of Lisichansk was incessant.

“People dream of at least half an hour of silence, but the occupiers do not stop firing with all available weapons,” Haydey said on Thursday.

Anna Chernova of CNN, Arnaud Siad, Vasco Kotovio and Alexandra Ohman contributed to this report.