An overnight Russian drone attack in Odesa destroyed 18 apartments in a high-rise building, killing five people, including one two-year-old, and at least eight more were injured.

Ukrainian emergency services reported on Facebook earlier that two dead bodies were dug out from the rubble, and that they had managed to rescue four people.

Large-scale rescue operations continued at the site Saturday morning, with 92 emergency workers, many volunteers from various organizations, as well as fire trucks, ambulances, and other emergency equipment.

Firefighters said that they had eliminated the fire in an area of 50 square meters.

The overnight Russian attack also damaged a nearby boiler house, leaving 11 apartment buildings without heat supply. Emergency services reported that a temporary accommodation for residents had been found.


Warming and psychological assistance centers were also set up to help more than 100 people seeking assistance.

Volunteer organizations with the help of the Red Cross organized meals.

Russian drone attacks hitting civilians is a regular occurrence of the country’s ongoing full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Around the same time as the Russian drone strikes in Odesa, there was another in the Kharkiv region, in the village of Velykyi Burluk, there, Russian drones hit an elderly man’s home, killing a 76-year-old.

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