21 killed in strategic bombing raids near Odessa

At least 21 people were killed in late-night strategic bomber attacks on buildings in southern Ukraine’s Odessa region on Friday, a new act of Russian “terror,” according to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

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According to the Ukrainian command of the Southern Front, they were Tupolev Tu-22 aircraft, Cold War strategic bombers designed to carry nuclear cargo, which dropped Kh-22 missiles from the Black Sea against a building and a tourist building .


According to a recent report published by the emergency services on Telegram with photos of a largely destroyed building, the strike on the residential building left 16 dead and 38 injured including 6 children, leaving 5 dead including one child on the tourist center. and one injured.

A previous toll reported 19 deaths.

The nine-story building where the strike claimed the most casualties is in the Bilgorod-Dniester region, some 80 km south of Odessa, according to regional administration spokesman Sergei Brachuk


“It is a targeted and premeditated attack by Russia, let’s face it, Russian terror against our towns and villages, against our people, adults and children,” President Volodymyr Zelenskyy condemned when he received Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr in Kyiv.

“I call on our partners to equip Ukraine with missile defense systems as soon as possible. Help us save lives,” Foreign Minister Dmytro Kouleba wrote on Twitter, calling Russia a “terrorist state.”


Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, who was asked about the issue, assured that “Russian forces are not operating against civilian targets” in Ukraine.

“The Russian side, which is once again talking about collateral damage, is inhuman and cynical,” said government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit in Berlin.

“This shows us once again in a cruel way that the Russian aggressor is knowingly willing to put up with the deaths of civilians,” he added, calling on the “Russian people to finally face up to this truth.”

The Kh-22 missiles used in Friday’s attacks are Soviet-era Cold War anti-ship cruise missiles designed to hit an aircraft carrier strike group, according to the Ukrainian military.

According to the Ukrainian army, rockets of the same type hit a shopping center 200 km from the front in Kremenchuk in central Ukraine in the middle of the day on Monday, killing at least 19 people there, according to the latest reports.

Also on Friday, the governor of the Mykolaiv region, Vitaliy Kim, reported the launching of 12 rockets by Russian forces at this area of ​​southern Ukraine. He did not present a balance sheet.

These new deadly attacks come on the day after the conclusion of a NATO summit in Madrid, at which members of the US-led alliance pledged their unwavering support to Ukraine to Russia and announced new military aid.

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