Russian missiles have struck an apartment building and recreational centre in the port city of Odesa this morning. The attack has left at least 18 dead, including 2 children, and dozens more injured, Ukrainian authorities say.
Russian missiles have struck the port city of Odesa destroying an apartment building and a recreation centre.
There have been 18 confirmed fatalities so far, two of them being children, with more than 30 people injured in the attack which comes just 24 hours after Russia withdrew its forces from Snake Island in the Black Sea.
Kirill Tymoshenko, the deputy head of the Ukrainian presidential office announced the death toll.
Ukrainians hoped that after Russian forces withdrew from Snake Island it would potentially ease the threat to Odesa.
Ukrainian news reports said that the target of the missile strike was a recreational centre and a multi-story apartment building.
A spokesman for the Odesa regional government, Serhiy Bratchuk, said: "The worst-case scenario played out and two strategic aircraft came to the Odesa region, firing very heavy and very powerful missiles."