Russian missiles hit an apartment building and a resort near Ukraine’s Black Sea port of Odesa early Friday, killing at least 17 people and wounding dozens, according to Ukrainian authorities. The latest deadly missile strike came a day after Ukraine retook Snake Island, a strategic Black Sea outcrop. Follow our live blog for the latest developments. All times are Paris time, GMT+2.
7:43am: Missiles kill 17 near Odesa after Ukraine retakes Snake Island
Ukrainian authorities now say at least 17 people are dead and dozens wounded after a Russian missile strike early Friday (see 1:59am, below) on an apartment building and a resort near Ukraine’s Black Sea port of Odesa, the latest in a spate of deadly missile strikes.
With its ground forces concentrated in Ukraine’s eastern industrial region of Donbas, Russia has more than doubled the number of missile strikes around the country in the past two weeks, using inaccurate Soviet-era missiles for more than half of the attacks, according to a Ukrainian brigadier general.
One missile struck a nine-story building in the town of Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi at about 1:00am (2200 GMT Thursday), the Ukrainian emergencies ministry said. It also caused a fire in an attached store building.
A rescue operation is underway as some people remained buried under the rubble after part of the building collapsed, Serhiy Bratchuk, spokesperson for the Odesa regional administration, told Ukrainian state television.
Another missile hit a resort facility, Bratchuk said, killing at least three people including a child and wounding one more person.
Reuters could not independently confirm details of the incident.
4:57am: Ukraine starts exporting electricity to EU: Zelensky
Ukraine has started exporting electricity to the European Union via Romania, President Volodymyr Zelensky said, as Russia reduces gas supplies to the bloc supporting Kyiv in resisting Moscow’s invasion.
Several European countries, including Italy and Germany, are highly reliant upon Russian gas for their energy needs but have been forced to look for alternatives as Moscow slashes deliveries.
Speaking Thursday, Zelensky said “This is only the first stage. We are preparing to increase supply.”
1:59am: Russian missile strike slams Odesa apartment building
The missile struck the building in the town of Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi at about 1am local time (2200 GMT Thursday), the ministry said in a statement. It also caused a fire in an attached store building.
Serhiy Bratchuk, spokesman for the Odesa regional administration, told Ukrainian state television that a rescue operation was under way as some people remained buried under the rubble after a section of the building collapsed.
Another missile hit a resort facility, Bratchuk said, wounding several people. Reuters could not independently confirm details of the incident.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP and REUTERS)