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Russian Missile Attack Kills 21 Near Odesa in Ukraine

Breadcrumb Trail Links PMN Business Author of the article: Reuters Iryna Nazarchuk Article content SERHIIVKA — Russia flattened part of an apartment building while residents slept on Friday in missile attacks near Ukraine’s port of Odesa that authorities say killed at least 21 people, hours after Russian troops abandoned the Black Sea outpost of Snake Island. Locals in the resort village of Serhiivka helped workers pick through the rubble of the nine-story apartment block, a section of which had been completely destroyed in the early-morning strike. Walls and windows of a neighboring 14-story apartment block were also damaged by the blast wave. Nearby holiday camps were also hit. Advertisement 2 Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Article content “We came here to the site, assessed the situation together with emergency workers and locals, and together helped those who survived. And those who unfortunately died. We helped to carry them away,” said Oleksandr Abramov, who lives nearby and had rushed to the scene when he heard the blast. Serhiy Bratchuk, spokesman for the Odesa regional administration, said 21 people had been confirmed killed, including a 12-year-old boy. Among the fatalities was an employee of the Children’s Rehabilitation Center set up by Ukraine’s neighbor Moldova in the resort. Five others were injured. “These peaceful people made the days of the children of Moldova more beautiful, they took care of their rehabilitation with great love and devotion,” Moldovan Health Minister Alla Nemerenko said on her Facebook page. Advertisement 3 Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Article content The regional governor said the missiles had been fired from the direction of the Black Sea. The Kremlin denied targeting civilians. “I would like to remind you of the president’s words that the Russian Armed Forces do not work with civilian targets,” Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said. The attack came just four days after Russia struck a crowded shopping mall in central Ukraine, killing at least 19 people. Kyiv says Moscow has escalated its long-range attacks, hitting civilian targets far from the frontline in what Ukraine says are war crimes. Russia says it has been aiming at military sites. Thousands of civilians have been killed since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24. Russia calls the invasion a “special operation” to root out nationalists. Ukraine and its Western allies say it is an unprovoked war of aggression. Advertisement 4 Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. …

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