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The aftermath of a Russian drone strike against Odesa on March 2, 2024 (State Emergency Service/Telegram)
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The bodies of a brother and sister, aged nine and eight, killed in Russia's March 2 attack on Odesa were found under the rubble of an apartment building hit by a drone, Governor Oleh Kiper said in the evening of March 3.

The governor first reported in a post on Telegram that the boy's body had been found. Minutes later, he wrote that first responders had also found his younger sister.

The governor identified the children only by their first names, Serhiy and Zlata, and expressed condolences to the family in his posts. Kiper originally reported Serhiy was 10, but in a later post reported he was soon to turn 10 in July.

Several Ukrainian regions were targeted in Russia's March 2 drone attack. The Air Force reported that 14 of the 17 Russian Shahed-type unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) were shot down during the attack.

A nine-story apartment building in Odesa was hit by the drones, destroying 18 apartments and trapping people under the rubble.

Kiper reported at around 9 p.m. local time that the rescue operations at the apartment building had been completed.

Earlier on March 3, President Volodymyr Zelensky said that children could still be trapped under the rubble of the apartment building that was hit.

Two hundred fifteen people are involved in ongoing rescue efforts, according to Zelensky.

Five people have been rescued, but 10 have been reported killed, including three small children: a 2-year-old, an eight-month-old, and a four-month-old.

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