The Russian Assault on Odessa: Multiple Wounded, Including Children

Ukrainian anti-aircraft missiles shot down 15 out of 16 drones used by Russia to attack the Odessa, Kyiv, Mykolaiv and Cherkassy regions, the Ukrainian Air Force reported on Telegram

by Sededin Dedovic
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The Russian Assault on Odessa: Multiple Wounded, Including Children
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At least seven people, including two children, were injured in the horrific attack on Tuesday morning in the Ukrainian Black Sea port city of Odessa, according to officials. The head of the regional administration, Oleh Kiper, said that the fire engulfed several buildings during the attack, leaving behind destruction and panic among the population.

The Ukrainian Air Force reported on Telegram that Ukrainian anti-aircraft missiles managed to shoot down 15 of 16 Russian drones that attacked the Odesa, Kyiv, Mykolaiv and Cherkassy regions. However, despite their efforts, one of the drones managed to get through and cause terrible consequences, and what is worst among the injured are children.

Serhiy Popko, head of the Ukrainian capital's military administration, said all the drones targeting Kiev had been destroyed, a relief in a sea of bad news. However, although there were no direct casualties or material damage in the capital, this does not diminish the fear and anxiety that prevails among the civilian population.

In recent weeks, Russia has dramatically increased its use of drones and missiles targeting civilian infrastructure, particularly energy facilities, causing massive damage and numerous civilian casualties. As Ukrainian forces face the challenge of shortages of ammunition and air defense systems, the situation is becoming increasingly critical.

On Saturday, the United States House of Representatives approved a $61 billion military aid package for Kiev. This approval came after a long and controversial process, which many critics saw as too slow to respond given the gravity of the situation.

According to a report by Radio Free Europe (RSE), the delay in approving aid to Kiev could have allowed Russia to gain the upper hand and intensify its attacks, which would have disastrous consequences for Ukraine and the region as a whole.

This dramatic intensification of the conflict in Ukraine once again emphasizes the urgency of the situation, the hope is represented by the US aid approved by the Congress to Ukraine, but it is a double-edged sword because it can also provoke fierce attacks by Russia, and we are all aware that Russia does not use the entire arsenal of weapons that there is.

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