At least eight people were killed and 18 wounded in Russian shelling of the southern port city of Odessa on Saturday. Ukraineaccording to a new balance sheet announced by the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky.
“Right now there are eight dead and another 18 or 20 wounded,” said Zelensky at a press conference in kyiv, the country’s capital.
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According to Zelensky, “seven missiles hit Odessa” on Saturday, including one that “impacted a residential building” and “two that were shot down” by the Ukrainian air defense system.
Previously, the chief of staff of the Ukrainian presidency had reported five deaths.
“Odessa: five Ukrainians killed and 18 wounded. And they are only the ones we have managed to find” so far, the official, Andrii Yermak, said on Telegram.
“The balance is likely to be higher,” added, adding that among the fatalities there were “a three-month-old baby.”
The Ukrainian Air Force highlighted on Facebook that Russian forces fired a series of missiles from Tu-95 bombers over the Caspian Sea.
Two missiles hit a military facility and two residential buildings. Two others were destroyed by the air defense system, according to the Air Force.
“The only objective of the Russian missile attacks against Odessa is terror”, the head of Ukrainian diplomacy, Dmytro Kuleba, said on Twitter.
Kuleba asked to lift “a wall between civilization and the barbarians who attack peaceful cities with missiles.”