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Ukraine war: Russian missile strikes kill 18 in Odesa region – emergency service

Russian missile strikes overnight on the southern Odesa region of Ukraine have killed at least 18, including one child, according to Ukrainian officials.

According to the state emergency agency, DSNS, one missile struck a nine-story building in the Serhiyivka hamlet, resulting in 16 fatalities and 30 injuries.

In a subsequent attack on the village’s recreation center, two additional people—including the child—were slain.

In the last few days, Russia has launched numerous missiles on Ukrainian cities.

According to the DSNS, the missiles struck Serhiyivka on Friday at around 1:00 local time (22:00 GMT Thursday).

Firefighters are seen in the video hunting for survivors among the nine-story building’s rubble.

Additionally, they are seen transporting what appears to be one of the victims’ bodies in a bag.

The missiles were fired from Russian jets over the Black Sea, according to Serhiy Bratchuk, a spokesman for the regional government of Odesa.

According to him, the midnight attacks were likely carried out using X-22 missiles from the Soviet era.

Moscow hasn’t spoken out publicly yet.

Ukraine had hoped that the Russian departure from the strategically significant Snake Island on Thursday would lessen the threat to the port of Odesa and the surrounding area.

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