Russians launch airstrike on Odesa, some missiles shot down by air defenses, says City Council

3 April, 01:07 PM
Results of Russian attacks on Odesa (Photo:NV)

Results of Russian attacks on Odesa (Photo:NV)

Overnight, Russia launched an airstrike on the southern city of Odesa, Odesa City Council reported via the Telegram messenger on April 3.

Local authorities say some of the missiles were shot down by air defenses, and that fires broke out in some areas of the city.

The speaker of Odesa Regional Military Administration, Serhiy Bratchuk, urged the public not to panic.

"The war continues. The enemy will be defeated. Do not panic! Act upon air raid alerts!" he wrote in a post on Facebook on April 3.

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According to preliminary reports, there were no casualties as a result of the missile attacks by the Russians, the Operational Command "Pivden" ("South") reported on Facebook on April 3.

"Russia started the 39th day of full-scale aggression with a missile strike," the report says.

"Odesa Oblast was among the priority targets. The enemy continued its vile practice of hitting critical infrastructure."

Some areas of the city are still shrouded in smoke. Emergency services are tackling the consequences of the airstrikes.

Meanwhile, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told ministers he wants to supply weapons to prevent the Russians advancing on Odesa, just as British anti-tank missiles have been used to stall Russian President Vladimir Putin's efforts to take the Ukrainian capital city of Kyiv.

"We anticipated this mass column of tanks coming across what is a very flat expanse of landscape and that Kyiv would be taken in three days. The NLAWs (next-generation light anti-tank weapons) stopped that," said a senior government source, UK newspaper The Sunday Times reported on April 2.

The senior government source said that "that bit of the war is not over, but it's parked," adding that the Russians are now focusing on the south, and Odesa is their next goal.

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