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Missiles kill 10 people in Odesa after Ukraine recaptures Snake Island

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MaxHunder and TomBalmforth

KYIV — A Russian missile attack killed at least 10 people in Odesa, the southern port of Ukraine, early Friday, local officials said the next day. Ukraine has expelled Russian troops from the strategic Black Sea outpost on Snake Island.

Earlier reports reported that six people, including three children, died in a night strike in a house.

"As a result of the high-rise condominium strike, the number of deaths has increased to 10", Serhiy Bratuk, a spokesman for the Odesa local government, said in his telegram channel.

Reuters could not independently confirm the details of the case.

On Thursday Russia "in good faith" to show that Moscow has not interfered with the UN's attempt to open a humanitarian corridor and has allowed the transportation of grain from Ukraine. Announced that it has decided to withdraw from Snake Island as a "gesture".

Ukraine said it had expelled Russian troops from the outcrops after the assault of artillery and missiles, and President Volodymyr Zelensky praised the strategic victory.

"Security is not yet guaranteed. It is not yet guaranteed that the enemy will not come back," he said in his nightly video address. "But this severely limits the actions of the occupiers. Step by step, we push them back from our seas, our lands, and our skies."

But in contrast, Ukrainian troops were desperately hanging from Russia's superior firepower in the city of Lysychansik.

Russian artillery fired from different directions while Russian troops were approaching from several sides, local governor Serhiy Gaidai said on Ukrainian television.

"The firepower dominance of the occupiers is still very clear," Zelensky said. "They simply brought in all the reserves to attack us."

Russian troops went to the other side of the Siverskyi Donets last week after several weeks of fierce fighting. Since occupying a Siverskyi Donetsk, he has been trying to surround Lysychans'k.

In Severodonetsk, residents are coming out of the basement, sifting through the rubble of an abandoned city and trying to rebuild it.

"Almost all urban infrastructure has been destroyed. We have lived without gas, electricity and water since May," said a 65-year-old resident. One Sergei Orenik told Reuters. "I'm glad this is over. Reconstruction will soon begin and more or less return to normal life."

Assistance to Ukraine

Ground in eastern Donbus for the past few weeks Despite suffering punishable losses, Ukraine hopes to exhaust Russia's advancing troops and do enough damage to counterattack in the South. area.

The western allies of Ukraine are sending weapons, and the Kieu government has given further support to the United States by saying it will provide an additional $ 800 million in weapons and military aid.

In a statement after the NATO summit in Madrid, US President Joe Biden united Washington and his allies to confront Russian President Vladimir Putin. Said.

"I don't know how it will end, but it won't end with Russia defeating Ukraine," Biden said at a press conference. "We will support Ukraine as much as necessary."

Smoke and Fire

There are 35 Ukrainian troops in the "south" district of the Ukrainian Joint Command. Killed Russian soldiers and deactivated two tanks and four armored vehicles. Ukrainian military statement on Facebook on Friday.

"The Ukrainian army not only holds the fortress line, but also succeeds in an operation aimed at freeing the occupied towns of the Kherson region from invaders," Kryvyi Rih said. Regional Governor Oleksandr Birkle said in a telegram and Ukrainian troops regained the town of Potiomkin.

Reuters could not immediately confirm the battlefield claim.

Snake Island was retaken by Ukraine a few weeks after the momentum of the conflict four months ago seemed to shift in favor of Russia.

The Ukrainian army has posted an image of what looks like an island from the sky on Facebook, with some black smoke pillars on it.

"The enemy rushed to evacuate the wreckage of the garrison with two speedboats and probably left the island. Now Snake Island is being consumed by a fire and the explosion is exploding." Said.

Brigadier General Oleksii Hromov said that Ukrainian troops have not yet occupied the island, but will.

The rocky outcrops overlook the sea lanes to Odesa, Ukraine's main Black Sea port. Here, Russia is blocking food cargo from the world's leading grain suppliers.

Snake Island has gained worldwide attention after Russia seized it on the first day of what is called a "special operation" to disarm dangerous nationalists. rice field. A Ukrainian guard ordered to surrender by the Russian flagship cruiser Moscow replied wirelessly, "Russian warship, let's do it ourselves."

Breaking the blockade was a major Western goal. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has accused Russia of deliberately causing world hunger as "blackmail."

Moscow has denied the blockade of the port and accused food shortages of western sanctions stating that it would limit its exports.

Russia has been defending the island since February, despite allegations that Ukraine caused serious damage, sank supply vessels and destroyed a Russian fortress.

(Report by Reuters, written by Grant McCool and Lincoln Feast, edited by Stephen Coates)