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10 killed in missile attack on Odessa, southern Ukraine

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A missile attack on the Odessa region in southern Ukraine killed at least ten people in an apartment building, a senior Ukrainian official announced overnight. The Ukrainian president for his part affirmed that his country was now exporting energy to the European Union. Follow our live.

  • 2:12 am: Ukraine is now exporting energy to the EU, says V. Zelensky

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Thursday that the opening of power lines to Romania marked the start of a process that could help the European Union reduce its dependence on Russian hydrocarbons.

He made the comment in a daily video address broadcast after his Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal announced that exports had started earlier in the day, with a volume of 100 megawatts, against the backdrop of the war with Russia entering its fifth month. .

This is “another significant step in our rapprochement towards the European Union”, said the Ukrainian president, whose country formally obtained last week the status of candidate for membership of the community bloc.

“Thanks to Ukrainian electricity, a significant part of Russian gas used by European consumers can be restored,” he added. “It is therefore, for us, not only a question of export earnings but a question of security for the whole of Europe”.

“Let me remind you that connecting our country to the EU energy system happened after the war started. Ukraine is now achieving things that once seemed impossible,” Volodymyr Zelensky continued.

  • 1:56 am: ten dead in a missile attack on Odessa

Ten people were killed in a missile attack on the Odessa region in southern Ukraine, a senior Ukrainian official announced overnight from Thursday to Friday. “The death toll in an apartment building has risen to ten,” Odessa region administration spokesman Serguiy Bratchouk said.

The missile was fired by a “strategic aircraft” from the Black Sea. “A missile hit a nine-storey residential building in the Bilgorod-Dniester region,” about 80 km south of Odessa, he said.

Rescuers initially reported six dead and seven injured, including three children, before raising the death toll to ten.

With AFP and Reuters


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