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Ukraine, Odessa. Russia's attack on students' wages – killed and dozens injured

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The Russians attacked Odessa. As a result of the rocket fire, five people were killed and 32 were injured. The head of the Odessa Oblast authorities, Oleh Kiper, said that the missile hit “one of the most frequently visited places in the city.” “People walked there with children, dogs, and did sports,” he wrote on Telegram.

The head of the Odessa Oblast authorities, Oleh Kiper, announced in a message on Telegram that Russian forces shelled Odessa on Monday. The Ukrainian media reported that an enemy missile hit the so-called students' palace, belonging to the state university Odessa Law Academy.

Several people died in the attackPAP/Alena Solomonova

Dozens injured and fatalities

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According to information provided by the head of the regional authorities, a total of five people died, including one from a stroke caused by the attack. 32 people were injured.

Kiper said that 25 injured people were hospitalized, including a pregnant woman and two children. Doctors assess the health condition of one of them – a girl who is not yet five years old – as very serious. Six adults were resuscitated on Monday. Their health condition is unknown.

Ukrainian authorities: the missile was equipped with cluster ammunition

“A terrible day for Odessa. (…) According to preliminary reports, the Russians hit one of the most frequently visited places in the city with a ballistic missile with a cluster charge. People were walking there with children, dogs, and engaged in sports… Such missiles are used to destroy human forces and constitute a threat mainly to (ordinary) people, not to (military) equipment or buildings,” emphasized the head of the regional authorities.

Russia attacked OdessaPAP/EPA/IGOR TKACHENKO

Ukrainian Navy spokesman Dmytro Pletenchuk also announced in a post on Telegram that the attack was carried out using an Iskander-M ballistic missile with a warhead equipped with cluster munitions.

Russian attack on the students' palace in OdessaPAP/EPA/IGOR TKACHENKO

Explosion four minutes after the alarm

Alarm sirens sounded in the city at 18.24 local time (17.24 in Poland), and four minutes later the residents heard a loud explosion. The Ukrainian Air Force managed to warn that Odessa may be attacked by ballistic missiles, the Suspilne Odesa portal reported.

The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, commented on these reports. “It is important that all services, all our people, on whose work the lives of Ukrainians depend, are as effective and fast as possible,” said the head of state, quoted by the Interfax-Ukraine agency.

Photos from the scene of the impact showed a burning students' palace located directly on the Black Sea. Flames were visible on the roof and domes of the building, and thick smoke rose into the sky.

Russian attack on the students' palace in OdessaPAP/EPA/IGOR TKACHENKO

Destroyed student palace after the attack on OdessaPAP/Alena Solomonova

Main photo source: PAP/Alena Solomonova

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