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Russian Drone Strike On Odesa Injures 9, Including Children

Russian Drone Strike On Odesa Injures 9, Including Children
(Source: Odesa Oblast Military Administration)

Russian forces launched a overnight drone attack on Odesa, damaging residential buildings and causing injuries to nine individuals, four of whom were children, as reported by Odesa region Governor Oleh Kiper on April 23.

According to the Air Force, Ukrainian air defense units successfully intercepted 15 out of 16 Shahed-type drones deployed by Russia during the night.

One of the downed drones fell on a residential area in Odesa, resulting in damage to houses, shops, and other infrastructure, as confirmed by Ukraine’s Southern Defense Forces.

Among the injured were two children aged 12 and 9, along with two infants, according to the latest update provided by Governor Kiper.

The Russian drones were launched from Cape Chauda in occupied Crimea and Kursk region, which shares a border with Ukraine. Additionally, Russia launched two Iskander-M ballistic missiles from the Belgorod region. The outcome of the missile launch remains undisclosed by the Air Force.

The intercepted drones were reported over Mykolaiv, Odesa, Kyiv, and Cherkasy regions. Ukrainian Air Force mobile fire groups and anti-aircraft missile units successfully repelled the attack, as confirmed by the Air Force.

In Kyiv, multiple explosions were heard around 3:35 a.m. local time on April 23 during an air raid alert. Serhii Popko, head of the Kyiv City Military Administration, reported that all aerial threats were neutralized by the city’s air defense systems, with no reported casualties or damages.

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