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10 dead in missile strike on Odessa apartment building

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A destroyed shopping and entertainment center in the Ukrainian Black Sea city of Odessa on May 10, 2022.

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KYIV (AFP) – Ten people were killed in a missile strike on an apartment building in the southern Ukrainian region of Odessa, a local official announced early Friday (July 1) morning.

“The number of dead in the apartment building missile strike has risen to 10,” said Odessa military administration spokesman Sergei Bratchuk, who added the missile had been fired by aircraft from the Black Sea.

He referenced the Ukrainian army’s Operational Command South, which said the missile strike originated from a “strategic aircraft from the Black Sea”.

“One missile hit a nine-storey residential building,” the army said, adding that another missile had struck a recreation centre.

“In an apartment building, nine floors of one section are completely destroyed… Rescuers have already provided medical care to seven wounded, including three children,” ir added.

The missile attack on the residential building comes days after a Russian strike destroyed a shopping centre in Kremenchuk, in central Ukraine, killing at least 18 civilians.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied Moscow’s forces were responsible.

The southern region of Odessa is a strategic flashpoint, as it is home to Ukraine’s historic port city of the same name.

On Thursday (June 30), Russian troops abandoned their positions on Snake Island, off the coast of Odessa, which had become a symbol of Ukrainian resistance in the first days of the war.

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