Russian missile attacks kill 18 in Odesa: Ukrainian officials

by | Jul 1, 2022 | World

Officials say strikes hit a residential building and a resort near the Black Sea port, amid uptick in similar attacks.Russian missiles have hit an apartment building and a resort near Ukraine’s Black Sea port of Odesa, killing at least 18 people, according to Ukrainian officials.
Dozens more were also wounded in the early morning attack on Friday, which came amid an uptick in missile strikes across Ukraine over the past two weeks.
Ukrainian military officials have accused Russia of using inaccurate Soviet-era missiles in many of the recent strikes, which have included an attack on a shopping centre in the central city of Kremenchuk that killed 18 on Monday and a deadly strike in Kyiv on Sunday that broke weeks of relative calm in the capital city.
The Ukrainian emergencies ministry said on Friday one missile struck a nine-storey building in the town of Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi at 1am local time on Friday (22:00 GMT on Thursday). The attack caused a fire in an attached building, according to the ministry.
An image released by the State Emergency Services of Ukraine shows rescue workers at the scene of a missile raid at a location given as Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi, Odesa region, Ukraine [Reuters]
A spokesperson for the Odesa regional administration, Serhiy Bratchuk, told Ukrainian state television a rescue operation was under way as some people remained buried under the rubble after part of the building collapsed.
Meanwhile, Bratchuk said another missile hit a resort facility in the area, killing at least three people including a child and wounding one more person.
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