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Rescuers have completed search operations in Odesa, 5 children are among the dead. The tragedy in the photo by Oleksandr Himanov

A Russian kamikaze drone strikes a residential building in Odesa on March 2, 2024. Photo by Oleksandr Himanov

Mark, who is not yet three years old, siblings Serhiy, ten, and Zlata, eight, and babies Yelyzaveta, eight months old, and Timothy, four months old - these children were killed by Russia during the Shaheda attack on Odesa. The two babies were found with their mothers, who were covering them.

On the night of March 2, the Russian army attacked Odesa region with attack drones launched from the Black Sea. One of the "shaheds" hit a nine-story building in a residential area of Odesa.

Rescuers work at the site of the tragedy in Odesa on March 3, 2024. Photo by Oleksandr Himanov

After two days of continuous rescue operations, the SES completed the search operation. The Russian drone killed 12 people, including five children. The bodies of the victims have been identified. Among the dead are spouses of military personnel.

Search operations in Odesa on March 3, 2024. Photo by Oleksandr Hymanov

"Unfortunately, 5 children became heavenly angels in an instant because of the madness of "subhumans" from a "subcountry"... We are all in great pain... It is difficult to comfort the relatives of the victims with words!" — the SES of Ukraine said in a statement.

In his evening address, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy mentioned the Russian crime against civilians and called on the West not to delay the supply of weapons to Ukraine.

People carry toys to the site of the tragedy in Odesa. March 3, 2024. Photo by Oleksandr Himanov

"This is terror, which is aimed solely at destroying lives, solely at intimidating people. The world knows what can be countered to terror. The world has enough air defense systems, systems to protect against the Shahed and missiles. And the delay in the supply of weapons for Ukraine and air defense systems to protect our people, unfortunately, leads to such losses, to the fact that the list of children whose lives are taken by Russia is constantly growing," — Zelensky added.

According to rescuers, 18 apartments in a nine-story building were destroyed in a nighttime drone attack in Odesa. Sunday, March 3, was declared a day of mourning in Odesa and the region for the victims of the nighttime drone attack on the city. People continue to bring flowers, candles and toys to the scene of the tragedy.

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