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At least 19 people were killed as Russian missiles rained near Odesa, Ukraine

Russianmissiles attack a residential area in a coastal town nearUkraine'sport cityOdesa, Friday Authorities, which killed at least 19 people at the beginning of the event, were reported by people the day after Russian troops withdrew from the strategic Black Sea island.

A pre-dawn attack video showed the remains of a charred building in the small town of Serhiivka, about 50 km (31 miles) southwest of Odesa. The Office of the President of Ukraine said three X-22 missiles launched by Russian bombers attacked the apartment building and two campgrounds.

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"The terrorist nation is killing our people. In response to their defeat on the battlefield, they will fight civilians," said Andrey Jermac, chief of staff of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Ukrainian security forces said 19 people, including two children, had died. Another 38, including six children and a pregnant woman, were injured and hospitalized. Most of the victims were in the apartment building, Ukrainian emergency authorities said.

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The airstrikes were after the withdrawal of Russian troops from Snake Island on Thursday and are expected to mitigate the threat to nearby Odesa, where Ukraine's largest port is located. rice field. The island is on a busy route.

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Russia ruled it on the first day of the war and attacked Odesa. The Kremlin described the Russian military's departure from Snake Island as a "good faith gesture" aimed at facilitating the shipment of grain and other agricultural products to Africa, the Middle East, and other parts of the world. ..

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Ukraine The army claimed its barrage, and the artillery and missiles fled the Russians in two small speedboats. The exact number of troops to withdraw has not been disclosed.

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This island became important early in the war as a symbol of Ukraine's resistance to the Russian invasion. rice field. Ukrainian troops there reportedly received requests for surrender or bombing from Russian warships. The answer is probably back, "go yourself (curse)".

Zelenskyy said the withdrawal does not guarantee the security of the Black Sea region, but "significantly limits" Russia's activities there.

"Step by step, we push (Russia) out of our sea, our land, our sky," he said in his nightly speech.

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The Ukrainian presidential office has in the past The 24-hour announcement of a series of Russian strikes also killed civilians in eastern Ukraine – four in northeastern Kharkiv and four more in Donetsk Oblast.

In the early days of the war, many civilians were killed by Russian bombardment in hospitals and theaters in the port city of Mariupol. Mass casualties appeared to be more rare as Moscow concentrated on the occupation of the entire Donbas region in eastern Ukraine.

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However, a missile attack at a shopping center in the central Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk killed at least 19 people on Monday. , An additional 62 people were injured. , Authorities said on Friday.

On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin denied that Russian troops had targeted shopping centers and said his country was not attacking civilian facilities. He claimed that the Kremenchuk's target was a nearby arsenal, reflecting the statements of his military personnel.

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