Ukrainian authorities say Russian missiles have struck a multi-storey apartment building and nearby holiday resorts in Ukraine’s southern Odesa region, killing at least 19 people and injuring scores more.
The state emergency service, DSN said the missile hit the building at about 0100 local time (midnight CET) and killed 16 people, adding that at least three people, including one child, were killed in strikes that hit nearby holiday resorts.
Most of the fatalities were housed in an apartment block in the town of Serhiivka in the Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi district, roughly 80 kilometers south of Odesa.
Russia has launched scores of missiles at Ukrainian cities in recent days, following Ukraine’s decision to join the European Union and the United States’ delivery of long-range MLRS missile delivery systems.
On Friday, July 1, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov denied that Russia was targeting civilians.
Maryna Martynenko, a DSNS spokeswoman in the Odesa region, said 60 rescuers were currently working at the site. The structure is thought to have housed up to 150 people.
Ukraine’s Security Service said 38 people, including six children and a pregnant woman, were being treated in hospital for injuries.