Missile strikes hit Odesa, killing 5, as Russia seems to be south for Black Sea domination

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Missiles struck infrastructure and two residential buildings in Odesa, metropolis officers introduced Saturday because the conflict in Ukraine rages for the 59th day. 

Ukraine presidential chief of employees Andriy Yermak mentioned 5 individuals, together with a three-month-old toddler, have been killed.

Town council mentioned they believed the cruise missiles have been fired from a TU-95 bomber from the Caspian Sea – greater than 900 miles east of the Ukrainian port metropolis. 

People stay in a yard as smoke rises in the air in the background after shelling in Odessa, Ukraine, Sunday, April 3, 2022. 

Folks keep in a yard as smoke rises within the air within the background after shelling in Odessa, Ukraine, Sunday, April 3, 2022. 
(AP Photograph/Petros Giannakouris)

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Residents within the space have been requested to refrain from taking or posting photos of the assault.

“Do not help the enemy,” the council mentioned in a quick assertion. 

An adviser to Ukraine’s inside minister mentioned that at the very least six cruise missiles have been fired on the Black Sea port metropolis.

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In a Telegram put up Saturday, Anton Gerashchenko mentioned that Ukrainian forces shot down a number of missiles, however famous that at the very least one landed and exploded.

“Residents of the city heard explosions in different areas,” Gerashchenko mentioned. “Residential buildings were hit.”

Not less than one particular person was reportedly killed.

An Ukrainian soldier is seen as security measures are taken to the highest level in the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa due to ongoing Russian attacks on Ukraine on March 8, 2022. 

An Ukrainian soldier is seen as safety measures are taken to the best degree within the southern Ukrainian metropolis of Odessa as a consequence of ongoing Russian assaults on Ukraine on March 8, 2022. 
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The strikes come someday after a Russian basic mentioned Moscow’s sights have been set for Ukraine’s southern areas sitting on the Black Sea as Russian forces launch their second offensive.

“Since the start of the second phase of the special operation…one of the tasks of the Russian army is to establish full control over the Donbas and southern Ukraine,” Main Basic Rustam Minnekaev mentioned.

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The offensive wouldn’t solely create a land bridge connecting the Russian-occupied Crimean Peninsula to the Donbas however would grant Moscow dominance over all of Ukraine’s Black Sea ports. 

Current Russian military activity in Ukraine. 

Present Russian navy exercise in Ukraine. 
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“Control over the south of Ukraine is another way out to Transnistria, where there are cases of Russian-speaking people being oppressed,” Minnekaev mentioned, in an obvious menace to the neighboring nation of Moldova – roughly 50 miles from Odesa. 

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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