Russian missiles struck the Ukrainian city of Odesa on Saturday, destroying residential buildings and a church.
The strikes hit the city’s historic center, damaging several buildings and causing widespread damage. At least six people were killed and 15 were injured, according to Ukrainian officials.
The strikes come as Russia continues its offensive in Ukraine, with the focus now shifting to the eastern part of the country. Odesa is a major port city on the Black Sea, and its capture would be a major strategic victory for Russia.
The Ukrainian military said that the missiles were fired from Russian ships in the Black Sea. The strikes were condemned by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who said that they were “an act of terrorism.”
“This is not an accidental hit, this is a targeted Russian missile strike,” Zelensky said. “They are killing people, they are killing deliberately.”
The strikes on Odesa are the latest in a series of attacks on civilian targets in Ukraine. In recent weeks, Russian forces have also struck a shopping mall in Kremenchuk, a train station in Kramatorsk, and a school in Bilohorivka.
The attacks have drawn widespread international condemnation, but Russia has denied targeting civilians.
The United Nations estimates that more than 5,000 civilians have been killed in Ukraine since the start of the war. However, the true number is likely much higher.
The war in Ukraine has caused a humanitarian crisis, with millions of people displaced from their homes. The United Nations estimates that more than 14 million people have fled their homes in Ukraine since the start of the war.
The war in Ukraine is a major geopolitical crisis, with implications for the future of Europe and the world. The outcome of the war is still uncertain, but it is clear that it will have a lasting impact on the region.