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Night attack by «Shahedis»: destruction and casualties in Dnipro and Odesa

Destruction in Odesa as a result of a UAV strike on 23 February 2024. Photo by Vlada and Kostyantyn Liberov

On the night of 23 February, Russians once again attacked Ukraine with kamikaze drones. The air defence managed to destroy 23 of the 31 attack drones in Odesa, Mykolaiv, Poltava, Dnipro and Kharkiv regions.

The destroyed floor of a high-rise building in Dnipro on 23 February 2024. Photo by Serhiy Korovainyi

In Dnipro, a multi-storey building was hit, and the enemy also hit an enterprise. This was reported by Serhiy Lysak, head of the Dnipropetrovs'k Regional Military Administration.

"Unfortunately, we couldn't avoid the hits. Of the eight people injured in the attack, two remain in hospital. They are in moderate condition. The rest will be treated on an outpatient basis," - noted Lysak.

Residents of a high-rise building in Dnipro the morning after the strike on 23 February 2024. Photo by Serhiy Korovainyi

He said that the attack damaged two businesses, three private houses, and outbuildings. Power lines were also damaged.

Dnipro. 23 February 2024. Photo by Serhii Korovainyi

The night was also turbulent for Odesa residents. One of the affected drones crashed into an enterprise in the city's coastal zone. The crash caused damage and a fire. A woman was immediately evacuated from the building and was not injured. However, while extinguishing the fire, rescuers first found the body of one person, and then pulled out the bodies of two more from the rubble. The search operation has now been suspended, the Odesa Regional Military Administration informed.

Rescuers extinguish a fire at the site of a Shahedi attack in Odesa. Photo by Vlada and Kostyantyn Liberov

According to the Southern Defence Forces, in addition to attack drones, the Russians also tried to fire missiles at Ukraine. The occupiers fired X-31P and X-22 missiles from tactical and strategic aircraft from the Black Sea. Fortunately, none of the missiles reached the shore. They lost their combat capability in the air and fell into the sea.

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