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Russia fires missiles at Ukrainian residential building, killing 18, injuring 31


Russian missiles hit an apartment building and two holiday camps near the Black Sea port in Odessa, Ukraine, on Friday morning. At least 18 people were killed and dozens were injured. This information was given by the Ukrainian authorities.

Odessa Region Emergency Officer Ihor Budalenko told local television that a missile struck the building at 1pm (Thursday 2200 GMT) in the village of Serhivka in the Bilhorod-Nistrovsky district, killing 16 people, according to Reuters. Forty-one people were released, he said.

Budalenko said rescue work was underway to find those still trapped in the building where 152 people were living. The missiles also targeted two nearby holiday camps, said Serhi Brachuk, a spokesman for the Odessa regional administration.

These missiles were used in the attack
The governor of the Odessa region, Maxim Marchenko, put the total number of deaths at 18 and the number of hospital admissions at 31 in a telegram. He said Russia had used Soviet-era KH-22 missiles, all aimed at the Black Sea. Details of the incident could not be independently confirmed, according to Reuters.

Russia has refused to target civilians
Russia has denied targeting civilians since the attack on Ukraine in late February. Earlier, Ukrainian officials said that Russian-launched KH-22 missiles hit a crowded shopping mall in the town of Kremenchuk on Monday, killing at least 19 people. The attack was condemned by Western leaders and the pope, but Russia rejected Ukraine’s claim, launching a missile attack on a Western-supplied weapons store adjacent to the mall. So the mall caught fire.

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