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Missiles kill 14 people near Odesa after Ukraine recaptures Snake Island

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MaxHunder and TomBalmforth

KYIV — Russian missiles attack 9-story apartment and resort facility near Odesa, Ukrainian port early Friday, at least killing 17 people were injured and dozens were injured, according to Ukrainian officials.

The missile attacked a building in the town of Birholod-Donistrovsky around 1 am (Thursday 2200 GMT), the Ukrainian Ministry of Emergency Affairs said. In addition, a fire broke out in the attached store building.

Odesa Regional Administration spokesperson Serhiy Bratuk said rescue operations are underway as some people remained buried under rubble after the collapse of part of the building. I told state TV.

Another missile struck the resort facility, injuring several people, Brachuk said.

Reuters could not independently confirm the details of the incident.

After Russia decided to withdraw from Snake Island as a "goodwill gesture" on Thursday, Moscow did not interfere with the UN's attempt to open a humane corridor and squeezed the grain. It has been shown that it can be shipped from Ukraine.

Ukraine has expelled Russian troops from the open air after an artillery and missile attack, saying President Volodimir Zelensky praised his 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 occupants. Step by step, we push them back from our sea, our land, and our sky."

But in contrast, Ukrainian troops were desperately hanging in the city of Lisichansk.

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

"The firepower dominance of the occupants is still very clear," says Zelenskiy. "They just brought in all the reserves to attack us."

Russian troops went to the other side of the Siverskidnets River last week after weeks of fierce fighting. Since occupying a Sievierodonetsk, he has been trying to surround Risichancek.

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

"Almost all urban infrastructure has been destroyed. Since May, we have lived without gas, electricity and water," said a 65-year-old resident. One Sergei O'Reinick told Reuters. "I'm glad this is over. Reconstruction will soon begin and will 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.

Western allies in Ukraine are sending weapons, and the Kyiv government has given further support to the United States by saying it will provide an additional $ 800 million in weapons and military assistance.

After the NATO Summit in Madrid, U.S. President Joe Byden said Washington and his allies had united to confront Russian President Vladimir Putin. ..

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

Smoke and Fire

Ukrainian troops in the "South" district of the Ukrainian Army's Joint Command 35 Killed two Russian soldiers and stopped two tanks and four armored vehicles. Ukrainian military statement on Facebook on Friday.

"The Ukrainian army has not only maintained a line of defense, but has also succeeded in an operation aimed at freeing the occupied towns of the Carson region from invaders," said Kliby Lee. Regional Governor Oleksandr Birkle said in a telegram that Ukrainian troops have 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.

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

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

Unblocking was a major Western goal. US Secretary of State Antony Brinken has accused Russia of deliberately causing world hunger as a "blackmail."

Moscow has denied the blockade of the harbor, blaming western sanctions for food shortages and stating that it has restricted its exports.

Indonesian leader Joko Widdo, who spoke in Moscow on Thursday, offered to be a diplomatic bridge between Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart, of the world's food and fertilizer. He said he wanted the supply line to be repaired.

"I'm really grateful to President Putin for providing security to the supply of food and fertilizer from both Russia and Ukraine. This is good news," he said. rice field.

(Report by Reuters bureaux, Written by Grant McCool and Lincoln Feast, Edited by Stephen Coates)