Russian rocket attack on Odesa kills a teen, wounds his sister

3 May, 10:05 AM
Odesa, March 17 (Photo:REUTERS/Nacho Doce)

Odesa, March 17 (Photo:REUTERS/Nacho Doce)

A 15-year-old boy was killed in a May 2 Russian missile strike of Odesa, Ukrainian authorities have reported. A rocket hit a private mansion with five people inside, killing a boy and wounding his 13-year-old sister.

A blast has also damaged the nearby church.

"We will not tolerate this. Every time, these bastards act like ordinary terrorists; and we have one thing to say to terrorists. We will destroy them until no living occupier remains on Ukrainian soil!" the Head of the Odesa Oblast Military Administration Maksym Marchenko wrote in a Telegram post.

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Earlier, the head of the joint coordinating press center for the Security and Defence Forces of southern Ukraine Natalia Humeniuk said that the Russian occupiers on the evening of May 2 fired a missile at the city infrastructure of Odesa, damaging a religious building.

The Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksii Danilov stated on the air of the national telethon that as a result of the strike, “the roof was demolished" in the church of the Moscow Patriarchate.

A spokesman for the Odesa military administration, Serhiy Bratchuk, said that Russian special services were preparing mass riots and protests in the city for May 2. Ukrainian special services detained several suspects.

The State Bureau of Investigation said on May 2 that it had detained proxies of ex-MP Ilya Kiva, who was suspected of treason and fled abroad before Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine. According to the SBI, they were to organize provocations involving paid thugs "titushki" and generally destabilize the situation in Odesa Oblast.

On May 2, 2014, 48 people were killed in clashes in Odesa involving pro-Ukrainian and pro-Russian activists. Six were shot dead, most died in a fire at the Trade Union Building on Kulykove Pole. More than 200 people were injured at the time.

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