Russia-Ukraine live updates: Russian strikes near Odessa after Snake Island withdrawal

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On Friday morning, Russian missiles struck residential areas near the key port city of Odessa in southern Ukraine, killing at least 21 people and injuring 39 others, Ukrainian authorities said.

Russian bombers fired three X-22 missiles which hit a nine-storey building and two recreation areas in the small coastal town of Serhiivka, located about 50 km southwest of Odessa, according to a statement from the Service of Ukrainian security, which noted that rescue operations were underway.

Many of the victims were in the building, where the entire entrance was “completely destroyed”, authorities said.

One of the injured children was a baby who was in a coma after being pulled from the charred rubble, authorities said.

“It was a targeted Russian missile attack – Russian terror against our cities, our villages, our people,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.

The pre-dawn attacks followed the withdrawal of Russian forces from Ukraine’s Snake Island on Thursday, a move that could potentially lessen the threat to nearby Odessa, home to Ukraine’s largest seaport and the one of the largest ports in the Black Sea basin.

“The occupiers cannot win on the battlefield, so resort to despicable killing of civilians,” Ivan Bakanov, chairman of Ukraine’s Security Service, said in a statement on Friday. “After the enemy was expelled from Snake Island, he decided to respond with a cynical bombardment of civilian objects.”


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