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Odesa: Ukraine’s ‘Harry Potter castle’ goes up in flames as Russian missile attack kills 5

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An educational institution known as “Harry Potter Castle” burns after a Russian missile strike in Odessa, Ukraine, on April 29.



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At least five people were killed and more than 30 injured Monday in a Russian missile attack on the Black Sea port city of Odessa, according to Ukrainian authorities.

Dramatic video footage of the attack, released by Ukraine’s prosecutor general’s office, shows dozens of bombs exploding seconds apart in an area near the seafront.

Other videos and photos shared by officials showed flames engulfing the cone-shaped towers and roof of an educational institution known locally as “Harry Potter Castle” because of its resemblance to a Scottish baronial .

Ukrainian authorities believe Russia used an Iskander ballistic missile and cluster munitions to carry out the attack.

“Metal fragments and missile debris were recovered within a radius of 1.5 km around the attack site,” Ukrainian Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin said. He added that “the investigation has reason to believe” that the Russian military used cluster munitions with the intention of causing large numbers of casualties.

He said two children and a pregnant woman were among the 30 people injured in the attack.

Nearly 20 residential buildings and infrastructure were also damaged by the strike.

The use, transfer and production of cluster munitions are prohibited by an international treaty known as the Convention on Cluster Munitions. However, neither side – nor the United States – has signed the convention.

The cluster munitions have been used by both sides in the war and were transferred to Ukraine by the United States as part of a military aid program last year.

Meanwhile, Russian officials say air defenses in Crimea successfully intercepted a major missile and drone attack by Ukraine.

Sergey Aksyonov, a Kremlin appointee and occupied Crimea’s top civilian official, warned people not to approach a possible unexploded ordnance, while one of his officials urged people not to film or post videos of Russian air defenses in action.

Russian military bloggers said the targets were airfields.

The bridge linking Crimea to Russia, a vital artery for supplying Russia’s ongoing war efforts, was temporarily closed to traffic but has since reopened.

Russian officials said the attack was primarily carried out using six U.S.-supplied Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS), all of which they said were successfully shot down by the Russians. air defenses.

Ukraine has not commented and CNN is unable to verify Russia’s claims. Unusually, almost no video or images of the explosions have been released.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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