Missile Hits Snake Island kills 10 people in Odesa, Ukraine

Missile Hits Snake Island kills 10 people in Odesa, Ukraine

A day after Ukraine drove Russian soldiers off the vital Black Sea bastion of Snake Island, a Russian missile attack early Friday morning in the southern Ukrainian port of Odesa claimed at least 10 lives, according to a local official.

According to earlier accounts, three children were among the six victims of the nighttime attack on a residential structure.

The Odesa regional administration’s spokesman, Serhiy Bratchuk, said on his Telegram channel that “the number of fatalities as a consequence of an attack on a multi-story apartment building has now increased to 10.”

It followed Russia’s announcement on Thursday that it would leave Snake Island as a “gesture of goodwill” to demonstrate that Moscow was not impeding U.N. efforts to build a humanitarian corridor that would enable wheat to be transferred from Ukraine.

Ukraine claimed to have forced Russian soldiers off the rocky outcrop following an artillery and missile attack. President Volodymyr Zelensky praised the tactical success.

“Security is not yet guaranteed. It still does not guarantee that the adversary won’t return, “He stated in his nightly video message. “However, this greatly restricts what the occupants may do. We shall gradually drive them away from our sea, land, and sky.”

In contrast, in the city of Lysychansk, Ukrainian fighters were clinging to life with all their might against Russia’s overwhelming weaponry.

Regional Governor Serhiy Gaidai said on Ukrainian television that Russian artillery pounded the area from many angles. In contrast, the Russian troops came from other locations.

Zelensky said, “the occupiers’ advantage in firepower is still very much in the display.” “They have just gathered all of their forces to attack us.”

Since taking Sievierodonetsk, on the other side of the Siverskyi Donets River, last week after weeks of fierce warfare, Russian troops have been attempting to surround Lysychansk.

Residents of Sievierodonetsk have come out of their basements. They are searching among the debris of their destroyed city to rebuild.

“Nearly the whole city’s infrastructure has been devastated. Since May, we have been without gas, power, and water,” A 65-year-old local named Sergei Oleinik told Reuters. 

We are relieved that this is over, and maybe soon, the building will begin, allowing us to resume our more or less usual lives.