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Ukraine says 18 people were killed when a Russian missile crashed into a house near Odesa

Uncover the Russian story with a deadly attack

Kyiv, UkraineRussia's missile attack on a residential area in a coastal town near the port city of Odesa in Ukrainehas two children at the beginning of Friday Authorities reported killing at least 18 people, including the day after Russian troopswithdrew from Strategic Snake Island in the Black Sea.

A pre-dawn attack video showed the remains of a charred building in the small town of Serhiivka, about 30 miles southwest of Odesa. According to Ukrainian news reports, missiles attacked high-rise condominiums and resorts.

"A terrorist country is killing our people. In response to their defeat on the battlefield, they will fight civilians," said Andrey Jermac, Chief of Staff of Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky. Said.

At least 17 dead as Russian missiles hit Odesa: Ukraine
Ukrainian officials said the building was destroyed by a Russian missile attack, killing 17 people and injuring 31 in July. One day, 2022, seen in Odesa, Ukraine. Maksym Voitenko / Anadolu Agency / Getty

Kirill Tymoshenko, Deputy Director of the Office of the President of Ukraine, said 18 people, including two children, had died. .. Serhiy Bratuk, a spokesman for the Odesa local government, said another 30 people were injured in the Telegram messaging app. Of the 18 victims, 16 were killed in an apartment strike, according to Ukrainian emergency authorities.

Airstrikes were expected to mitigate the threat to nearby Odesa after Russian troops withdrew from Snake Island on Thursday. did. The island is on a busy route. Russia dominated it on the first day of the war with the clear hope of using it as a stage for assault on Odesa.

A satellite image shows an overview of Snake Island
Satellite images give an overview of Zmiinyi Island in Ukraine on June 21, 2022. Maxar Technologies / Reuters

The Kremlin described the withdrawal from Snake Island as a "good faith gesture." Ukrainian troops claimed that the barrage of the cannon and missile forced the Russians to flee in two small speedboats. The exact number of troops to withdraw has not been disclosed.

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.

However, Monday's missile strike at a shopping center in Kremenchuk, a city in central Ukraine, killed at least 19 people and injured 62 more, officials said Friday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin denied Thursday that Russian troops had targeted shopping centers and claimed that 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.

Ramy Inocencio of CBS News visited both sites this week, but there is evidence that the attack on the plant ignited, including a military facility (asphalt plant) allegedly attacked by Russian cruise missiles. Not found A fire in a mall one-third a mile away, as some Russian media suggested.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and other officials shared videos from security cameras in the area online.The moment the Russian X-22 cruise missile collides with the mall, it shows what they say. Other videos show civilians in an adjacent park rushing for a cover after a huge blast sent a shock wave to the area.

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  • Vladimir Putin

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