Death Toll Rises to Seven in Russian Attack on Ukrainian City of Odesa

Kyiv, Ukraine – The death toll has tragically climbed to seven in the aftermath of the Russian attack on the city of Odesa. Governor Oleg Kiper confirmed the devastating news, revealing that there are still individuals unaccounted for following the destruction of a residential building.

Among the victims were a woman and a baby whose bodies were recovered from the rubble, marking the second child lost in the assault. The two-year-old was among the casualties, while eight others sustained injuries, including a child. The exact age of the injured child was not disclosed by local authorities.

Reports from the Ukrainian Armed Forces detailed 17 attacks utilizing Iranian-made kamikaze drones overnight, with 14 successfully intercepted by anti-aircraft defenses in various cities, including Odesa, Mykolaiv, Zaporizhzhia, Kharkiv, Sumi, and Dnipro.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky condemned the brutal assaults and urged for additional support in the form of anti-aircraft defenses from Western nations. Zelensky emphasized the need to bolster the country’s air defenses to protect citizens effectively from Russian aggression, citing that more resources of this nature could potentially save lives.

In the wake of the overnight attack on Odesa, Zelensky reported that a total of 18 apartment blocks were destroyed as a result of the offensive, highlighting the extensive devastation wrought upon the city. The aftermath of the attack was captured in a video shared by the President on Facebook, underscoring the urgent need for enhanced defensive measures to safeguard Ukrainian civilians.