Strikes kill 19 in Ukraine’s Odessa...

Strikes kill 19 in Ukraine’s Odessa

 International Desk

 Published: 08:24 PM, 1 July 2022   Updated: 08:29 PM, 1 July 2022



Missile strikes killed 19 people and wounded dozens in Ukraine’s Odessa region Friday, a day after Russian troops abandoned positions on a strategic island in a major setback to the Kremlin’s invasion.

Two children were among the dead and six others among the injured, Ukrainian officials said, one day after US President Joe Biden announced $800 million in new weapons for Kyiv at a NATO summit.

The missiles slammed into an apartment building and a recreation center early Friday in the town of Serhiivka about 80 kilometers (50 miles) south of the Black Sea port of Odessa, which has become a strategic flashpoint in the conflict. 

“The death toll is 19 people,” wrote Sergiy Kruk, head of the Ukrainian emergency services, on Facebook. 38 people were wounded, including 6 children, he added.

Kyrylo Tymoshenko, a senior official at the Ukrainian presidency, earlier put the death toll at 18, including two children.

The strikes were launched by aircraft that flew in from the Black Sea, said Odessa military administration spokesman Sergiy Bratchuk.

“The worst-case scenario played out and two strategic aircraft came to the Odessa region,” he said in a TV interview, adding they had fired “very heavy and very powerful” missiles.

There was no immediate comment from Russia on the strikes. 

The strikes follow global outrage earlier this week when a Russian strike destroyed a shopping center in Kremenchuk, central Ukraine, killing at least 18 civilians. President Vladimir Putin has denied Moscow’s forces were responsible. – AFP