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Deadly Russian Strikes Hit Civilian Center and Other Targets in Odesa

WorldDeadly Russian Strikes Hit Civilian Center and Other Targets in Odesa

A Ukrainian official said early Wednesday that a Russian missile attack overnight had killed three people and injured three others in Odesa, a southern Ukrainian city that has been a regular target of Russian missiles and drones trying to destroy its port infrastructure.

The attack followed a Russian airstrike on Monday evening that killed five people and wounded about 30 others, Ukrainian officials said.

Videos and photos from the Monday strike showed lifeless and bloodied bodies of civilians lying on a seafront promenade not known to be close to any strategic site like military buildings or grain storehouses.

The Ukrainian authorities on Tuesday accused Russia of using cluster munitions — a controversial and widely banned weapon that can often cause indiscriminate harm to civilians — in that attack.

The assault early Wednesday also damaged civilian infrastructure in Odesa, Oleh Kiper, the head of the military administration in the region, said on the Telegram messaging app.

Andriy Kostin, Ukraine’s prosecutor general, said in a statement that Russia had fired an Iskander ballistic missile with a cluster warhead in the Monday assault. “The investigators have a reason to believe that the decision to use such a weapon was taken by the Russian military officers deliberately to kill as many Ukrainian civilians as possible,” Mr. Kostin said.

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