Video released on Saturday shows the aftermath of a Russian missile strike on an apartment building in the Ukrainian port city of Odessa, which left five dead and 18 injured, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s chief of staff.
Andriy Yermak, head of the Ukrainian president’s office, made the announcement on Facebook on Saturday as video of the scene was shared on the Telegram messaging app.
“Five Ukrainian citizens killed and 18 injured. These are only those who have been found,” Yermak wrote.
“And most likely there will be more,” he continued. “Among those killed is a three-month-old baby. The little one who was to meet her parents on her first Easter. Nothing is sacred. Absolutely. Evil will be punished.”
Russia has yet to comment on the charges. Newsweek always try to verify claims.
Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to the Ukrainian interior minister, said in a Telegram article on Saturday that Ukrainian forces managed to shoot down several missiles but at least one landed and exploded.
“City residents heard explosions in different neighborhoods,” Gerashchenko said, adding that “residential buildings were hit.”
Footage showing the aftermath of the missile strike was shared on Telegram by UNIAN, Ukraine’s independent news agency based in Kyiv, the national capital.
This 11-second video showed a cloud of black smoke apparently rising from an apartment building. It appears to have been filmed from a moving vehicle.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba took to Twitter on Saturday and condemned the missile strike. “The sole purpose of Russian missile strikes on Odessa is terror,” Kuleba wrote.
“Russia must be designated as a state sponsor of terrorism and treated accordingly. No business, no contacts, no cultural projects. We need a wall between civilization and barbarians hitting peaceful cities with missiles “, continued the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Serhiy Bratchuk, spokesman for the Odessa regional military administration, initially announced the news of a missile strike on Telegram, according to the Ukrinform news site.
“Trying to report the fallout of missile strikes on cities and various objects across our country as soon as possible, citizens, media and bloggers often rush to post videos on social media and name the exact locations of the strikes. enemies. A rescue operation is underway! If someone is not saved, it will be your fault!” Bratchuck wrote.
The missile strike comes amid Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, which the Russian government has called a “special military operation”.
Russian forces reportedly tried to storm a steelworks in the port city of Mariupol where Ukrainian soldiers and civilians were staying on Saturday.
There was heavy fighting in and around Mariupol as the Russians attempted to take control of the city. The war in Ukraine has entered a new phase, with fighting expected to concentrate in the east of the country, after Russian forces failed to take kyiv early in the conflict.
Newsweek requested comments from the Ukrainian and Russian Foreign Ministries.