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Russian troops attacked western Ukraine in a series of strikes with cruise missiles “Caliber” from a submarine in the Black Sea in an attack that killed at least 20 people, including three children, said Deputy Head of the Office of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
The missiles hit downtown Vinnitsa, more than 265 miles north of the Black Sea port city of Odessa and about 125 miles south of Kyiv.
Footage and videos posted on social networks show how people run to help, burnt-out cars and puffs of black smoke from the shelling of residential, administrative and office buildings.
Kyrylo Tymoshenko said that 90 people were also injured in the attack and confirmed in his Telegram message that “the rescue operation continues.”
For the first time, the Prosecutor General’s Office reported that 17 people had died, including two children.
Some report on Thursday In the morning, it was believed that seven cruise missiles were fired at the western city, but four of them were stopped by the Ukrainian air defense system.
“Every day Russia kills civilians, kills Ukrainian children, aims missiles at civilian targets. What is this if not an open terrorist attack? Zelensky answered questions on social networks.
It is not clear where the missile was fired from in the Black Sea, but given its ability to hit a target up to 1,500 miles away, the missile is more than capable of reaching Kyiv.
The Russian Defense Ministry has yet to comment on the attack, and in its daily briefing about its “special military operation” only mentioned the military strikes it carried out in eastern Ukraine.