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Death Toll Rises to 21 in Odessa Attack

Sun 17 Mar 2024 | 08:55 AM
Ukraine's president, Volodymyr Zelensky
Ukraine's president, Volodymyr Zelensky
By Ahmad El-Assasy

In a somber update, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that the death toll from the Russian assault on Odessa has escalated to 21 individuals. Zelensky issued a stern warning to Russia, promising a robust response in the wake of the attack. During a video address reported by the Ukrainian news agency "Ukrinform," Zelensky revealed that alongside the fatalities, there are numerous injured receiving necessary aid from relevant authorities and the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

The Ukrainian leader cautioned that the attack would be met with "military responses to Russia," underscoring the vulnerability of the Russian military machine. "These weeks have shown many that the Russian war machine has weaknesses that we can target with our weapons. I am grateful to the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the Ukrainian Security Service, and the Defense Intelligence for their new long-range capabilities. Equally, I am thankful for our defense industrial complex and everyone working towards Ukrainian strength," Zelensky stated.

Zelensky hinted at the potential use of drones in upcoming counterattacks, signaling a strategic shift in Ukraine's military tactics. The statement came after Ukrainian officials reported a devastating missile attack launched by Russian forces on Odessa's civilian infrastructure. The coastal city, situated on the Black Sea, witnessed a tragic scene with at least 20 people killed and 73 others wounded in the assault.

This incident marks a significant escalation in the conflict, highlighting the ongoing tensions in the region. As Ukraine mourns the loss of lives, the international community watches closely, awaiting the next developments in this unfolding crisis.