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Russian missile kills three in Ukrainian port of Odesa


A Russian missile attack killed three people and injured three others in the Ukrainian port of Odesa early on Wednesday, regional Governor Oleh Kiper said.

Kiper, writing on the Telegram messaging app, said the attack damaged civilian infrastructure.

An educational institution building burns after a Russian missile strike, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Odesa, Ukraine, on 29th April, 2024. PICTURE: Reuters/Sergey Smolentsev

He said the strike was carried out by a ballistic missile, but provided no further details.

Kiper and Odesa Mayor Hennadii Trukhanov had reported a series of loud explosions.

Reuters could not independently confirm the accounts. Russia says it does not deliberately target civilians.

On Monday, a Russian missile struck an educational institution in the city, killing five people.

Odesa has been a frequent target of Russian forces in the more than two-year-old war, with many attacks aimed at the city’s port facilities.

Earlier, officials said Russian guided bombs targeting a railway killed at least one person and damaged civilian infrastructure on Tuesday in the north-eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv

Two districts of the city came under attack, regional governor Oleh Synehubov said on Telegram, adding that at least nine people had been injured.

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Ukraine’s state railway company said one of its employees who was in his twenties had been killed.

“This is another targeted strike by the enemy on the civilian railway infrastructure,” Ukrzaliznytsia said on Telegram. It gave no details of the infrastructure damage.

Administrative and civilian buildings and some cars were damaged as a result of the strikes, Synehubov added.

Russia was targeting railway lines in an attempt to disrupt desperately needed US weapons deliveries, a Kyiv intelligence source said. Russia’s defence minister said Moscow would increase attacks on logistics centres.

Kharkiv, which lies about 30 kilometres from the border with Russia, and the surrounding region have long been targeted by Russian attacks but the strikes have become more intense in recent months, hitting civilian and energy infrastructure.



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