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Casualties and destruction in Odesa: the aftermath of the Russian drone attack as seen through the lens of photographer Timothy Melnikov

On the night of April 23, the Russian army attacked Odesa. Photo by Tymofiy Melnikov

On the night of April 23, Russians attacked southern Ukraine with Shahed-131/136 attack UAVs. The enemy targeted the residential sector of Odesa.

As a result of the enemy attack, almost 60 apartments in 22 buildings were damaged in the city. Nine people were also injured, including four children. These are a boy and a girl aged 5 and 9 months and two boys aged 9 and 12. The children and three adults with injuries of varying severity were taken to the hospital. This was reported by the Odesa Regional Prosecutor's Office.

Photo by Timothy Melnikov

The homes of Odessans turned into ruins. Some people lost everything as they ran out of their homes in the middle of the night without any belongings or with only their phones in their hands. In the apartment of a family with a baby, only a refrigerator and a washing machine survived.

"A two-story residential building, commercial facilities and cars were damaged. Windowpanes in residential buildings and buildings adjacent to the places where the debris fell were smashed," the prosecutor's office said. Law enforcement officers have launched an investigation into the violation of the laws and customs of war (Part 1 of Article 438 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).

Photo by Timothy Melnikov

Utility workers were on the scene to help residents of the affected buildings take their surviving belongings from their apartments. Currently, the city authorities have offered people places to live temporarily.

Mykola Oleshchuk, commander of the Ukrainian Air Force, said that Ukrainian air defense managed to shoot down 15 out of 16 enemy kamikaze drones.


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