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War in Ukraine: at least eight dead in Russian strikes on Odessa, according to Volodymyr Zelensky

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In Ukraine, new Russian strikes hit the Ukrainian city of Odessa this Saturday afternoon, April 23. The provisional human toll is estimated at 8 dead and several dozen injured.

According to the Ukrainian army, missiles fired from bombers hit a military installation and two other adjoining buildings. The conquest of Odessa would allow the Russian regime to obtain a strategic position throughout the south of the country.

According to Volodymyr Zelensky, “seven missiles targeted Odessa” on Saturday, including one which “hit an apartment building” and “two which were shot down” by the Ukrainian air defense system.

The Ukrainian Air Force had claimed on Facebook that Russian forces had fired a series of missiles from Tu-95 bombers over the Caspian Sea. Two missiles hit a military installation, and two others apartment buildings, according to the Air Force.

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Two more were destroyed by the anti-aircraft defense system, according to the same source. “The only objective of the Russian missile strikes against Odessa is terror”, accused the head of Ukrainian diplomacy Dmytro Kouleba on Twitter, calling for “a wall to be erected between civilization and the barbarians who attack peaceful cities with missiles”.

Volodymyr Zelensky:

The Russian army for its part said on Saturday that it had targeted with “high precision missiles” a logistics terminal at the military airfield near Odessa housing weapons delivered to Ukrainian forces by the United States and European countries.

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