At least 21 people were killed and dozens injured when the Russian missile struck a residential tower and recreation center in the Odessa region of southern Ukraine on Friday.
One of the missiles hit the nine-story residential tower in Serhiivka, killing at least 16 people and injuring 38, according to The New York Times citing Ukraine’s state emergency service.
And then another missile hit a recreation center, where five people died and one was injured, emergency officials said on Telegram.
The residential tower, which houses 100 people, was destroyed on one side, according to Ukraine’s regional military administration.
They were still walking through the rubble of the recreation center, officials said. The missiles hit around 1 a.m.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry S. Peskov again denied on Friday that Russia was targeting any civilian infrastructure. “I would like to remind you again of the words of the President of the Russian Federation and Commander-in-Chief that the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation do not work against civilian targets during the special military operation,” Peskov said. , cited. by the New York Times.
He further said Russia’s target included munitions and weapons depots, factories that manufacture and repair military equipment, and places where “foreign mercenaries” and “nationalist elements” are based and trained.
The attack came as Russian troops retreated from Snake Island after occupying the strategic Black Sea outpost for months.
Snake Island, a small piece of land about 25 miles off the southeast coast of Ukraine, lies on a major shipping lane and is an important access point to the key port of Odessa.
According to the Washington Post report, “Ukrainian artillery, rockets and airstrikes this month pushed the Russians out of Snake Island,” Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Valery Zaluzhny wrote. in a post on Facebook.
He also shared a video of missiles hitting the island and claimed a week earlier that he had knocked out Russian anti-aircraft systems there. However, Russia denied that its systems had been destroyed.
“Russian forces unsuccessfully tried to thwart the assault with nighttime attacks by fighter jets on the coast of the Odessa region,” the Ukrainian army’s southern command said on Facebook. garrison on two speedboats, the statement added.
Speaking to Telegram, Andriy Yermak, the head of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s office said: “On Snake [Island] there are no more Russians,” further stating that the Ukrainian Armed Forces carried out a wonderful operation and knocked them out, according to the report.
He also thanked foreign allies for the weapons that helped the fight.
On February 24, Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine following which nearly 14 million Ukrainians were forced to flee their homes, according to United Nations (UN) estimates and most of those displaced are women and children.
The conflict has left 15.7 million Ukrainians stranded and in need of humanitarian assistance, some of them without access to water and electricity. Three million children inside Ukraine and more than 2.2 million children in countries hosting refugees are now in need of humanitarian assistance.
Nearly two out of three children have been displaced by the relentless rocket attacks and fighting between the two nations.
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