Russia and Ukraine: at least 8 dead in Odessa after a revival of attacks on the important port city

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General view shows a Russian tank in the city of Irpin, west of kyiv, on March 4, 2022.

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At least eight people, including a three-month-old baby, were killed in fresh Russian missile strikes on Ukraine’s main port city of Odessa on Saturday.

According to the head of the Ukrainian government’s office, Andriy Yermak, another 18 were injured when the Russians attacked a residential building.

The attack comes a day after the Russian Defense Ministry announced that it had begun a “second phase” of its “military operation” (as the invasion is only allowed to be called in Russia) in which they would target, he said, , take the entire Ukrainian coast.

“Nothing is sacred,” Yermak wrote about the Russian attack, referring to the celebration this Saturday of the vigil of Orthodox Easter, the most important festival of that church.

“Evil will be punished,” he added.

Russia has not yet commented on the bombing, but has generally, despite extensive evidence and deaths, denied targeting civilians.

What happened

Footage of the bombed building, which has been verified by the BBC, shows thick black smoke rising into the air.

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Anton Herashchenko, assistant to the interior minister, said that several missiles hit residential blocks and that a man died when his car caught fire.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba condemned Russia for the attack.

“The only objective of the Russian missile attacks in Odessa is terror. Russia should be designated as a state sponsor of terrorism and treated accordingly. (…) We need a wall between civilization and barbarians attacking peaceful cities with missiles, ”she wrote on Twitter.


by Caroline Davies, from Odessa

The 14-storey block of flats is still smoking here, in a residential area of ​​Odessa.

The side of the building is blackened after what appears to be an impact to the lower floors.

The parking lot out front is littered with broken glass and debris. Several vehicles are severely damaged.

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A man we spoke to outside the block said he was in his parents’ apartment on the 12th floor when there was a huge explosion.

To get out, they had to push aside fragments of a door. He says that he and his mother had to jump from the first floor to escape.

Rescue teams are on the scene, with several fire trucks deployed to douse the flames several floors above.

The BBC team counted at least five ambulances at the scene, with several victims suffering head injuries. At least one person was carried out on a stretcher.


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