Russian attack on Odessa leaves one dead and 18 injured

(Reuters) – Russia launched a new wave of nighttime attacks on the Black Sea port of Odessa on Sunday, killing one person and injuring 18, including four children, and damaging residential and religious infrastructure, Ukrainian officials said.

“Odessa: another night attack by the monsters,” Oleh Kiper, governor of the Odessa region in southern Ukraine, of which the city of Odessa is an administrative center, said on the Telegram messaging app.

“Unfortunately, we have a civilian who has been killed.”

Kiper said earlier that according to preliminary information, 14 people have been hospitalized, including three children.

Russia has shelled Odessa and other Ukrainian food export facilities almost daily over the past week after Moscow withdrew from a United Nations-brokered maritime corridor deal that allowed the safe shipment of Ukrainian grain.

Ukraine’s air force said on its Telegram messaging app that Russia launched high-precision Onyx missiles and Kalibr sea-to-land cruise missiles at Odessa on Sunday after midnight. The scale of the attack was not immediately known.

The RBC-Ukraine news agency reported that the city’s largest Orthodox church, the Spaso-Preobrazhenskyi Cathedral consecrated in 1809, was badly damaged in the attacks.

Videos on social media showed rubble inside a dark church-like structure lit by fire and a distressed man walking and repeating: “The church is no more”.

Reuters could not immediately independently verify the video or reports of potential damage. Russia had no immediate comment on the attacks.

Moscow had described the attacks as revenge for a Ukrainian strike on a Russian-built bridge to Crimea – Ukraine’s Black Sea peninsula seized by Moscow in 2014. It accused Ukraine of using the sea corridor to launch “terrorist attacks”.

(Reporting by Gleb Garanich and Valentyn Ogirenko in Kyiv and Lidia Kelly in Melbourne; Writing by Lidia Kelly; Editing by Paul Simao and Richard Chang)

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