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Updated: Russian strike on Odesa kills 5, injures around 30

by Chris York April 29, 2024 7:46 PM 2 min read
A building set alight by the Russian missile strike on Odesa on April 29 (State Emergency Service of Ukraine)
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At least five people were killed and roughly 30 injured in a Russian missile strike on Odesa on April 29, local officials said on April 30.

According to Odesa Oblast Governor Oleh Kiper, a missile struck residential buildings and civilian infrastructure.

"Unfortunately, two people and a dog died as a result of the Russian missile attack," he said initially, adding: "Another eight people were injured of varying severity, including a 12-year-old boy."

In a post on Telegram on April 29, the State Emergency Service of Ukraine said the death toll had risen to four and the number of injured to 32, two of whom were children.

An injured man in his 60s later died in the hospital, raising the death toll to five, Kiper reported on April 30.

By April 30, 23 people remain in the hospital. This includes eight people in serious condition, four of whom are in critical state, including a four-year-old girl, Kiper said.

Media reports said one of the injured could have been Serhiy Kivalov, a discredited ally of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych ousted following the 2014 EuroMaidan Revolution.

Kivalov, the former lawmaker and head of the Central Election Commission, used to live in the house, shown by Suspilne media outlet to be on the receiving end of the missile strike.

In a post on social media, President Volodymyr Zelensky said more support was needed from Ukraine's allies to stop "Russia's regular missile attacks, as well as the occupier's efforts to destroy as many Ukrainian positions as possible."

"And Russia's offensive plans can be thwarted," he said, adding: "For this, Ukrainian strength must be backed up by sufficient support from partners – 'Patriots' that need to be in Ukraine now, the 155-mm caliber (artillery ammunition)... and weapons with sufficient range to destroy Russian logistics."

Russia partially destroys Kharkiv TV tower
Russian forces struck a TV infrastructure facility in Kharkiv on April 22, regional governor Oleh Syniehubov said.

In Kharkiv, Governor Oleh Syniehubov said a KAB guided bomb had struck the northeastern Kyiv district of the city.

"A 42-year-old man was injured as a result of enemy fire. He was hospitalized with an explosive injury and shrapnel wounds... Doctors assess his condition as moderate." he said.

Russia recently intensified attacks against Kharkiv, using missiles, glide bombs, and drones to destroy energy infrastructure and kill civilians. At the end of March, Russia destroyed all the electrical substations in Kharkiv, leaving Ukraine's second-largest city without a stable power supply.

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