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Dozens killed after a missile attack on Odesa. The tragedy in the photo by Oleksandr Himanov

The aftermath of a missile attack in Odesa on 15 March 2024. Photo by Oleksandr Himanov


On the morning of 15 March, a series of explosions occurred in Odesa. The Air Force reported ballistic missile launches from the territory of occupied Crimea. Russian troops twice hit civilian infrastructure, where medics and rescuers had already arrived to provide assistance after the first explosion.


The aftermath of a missile attack in Odesa on 15 March 2024. Photo by Oleksandr Himanov


As of 19:00, the State Emergency Service said that the number of people killed by Russian missile fire had risen to 20.


The head of the Odesa regional military administration, Oleh Kiper, said that the dead included local residents, a medic and a rescuer. The injured are being provided with all necessary assistance.


"All relevant services are eliminating the consequences of the enemy attack. Law enforcers are recording another crime of the Russians," he wrote.


The aftermath of a missile attack in Odesa on 15 March 2024. Photo by Oleksandr Himanov


The mayor of Odesa, Gennadiy Trukhanov, said that his former first deputy, Sergey Tetyukhin, was among the dead. The shelling of Odesa also killed the former head of the Odesa regional patrol police, Oleksandr Gostishchev, the head of the Odesa district council, Vitaliy Barvinenko, and a member of the city council, Andriy Vagapov.


The missile attack also damaged 10 private houses, a service station, a gas pipeline and two fire and rescue vehicles.


The aftermath of a missile attack in Odesa on 15 March 2024. Photo by Oleksandr Himanov


In his evening address, President Volodymyr Zelensky said that the Defence Forces "will do everything to make the Russian murderers feel our just reaction".


Meanwhile, more than 200 Odesa residents and visitors have already donated blood for the victims, and about a hundred more people are queuing up at the blood donation centres. Tomorrow, Odesa and the region will be in mourning.


As a reminder, on 2 March, the Russian army attacked Odesa region with attack drones launched from the Black Sea. One of the "shaheds" hit a nine-storey building in a residential area of Odesa. That killed 12 people, including five children.


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