Russian Drone Strike On Odesa Sparks Fire After Separate Strike In Donetsk Kills One

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Drone Strike On Odesa
A part of a Russian cruise missile Kalibr is seen inside a building damaged during a Russian missile and drone strikes, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Odesa, Ukraine July 18, 2023. Press Service of the the Operational Command South of the Ukrainian Armed Forces/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.

A Russian drone attack targeted civil infrastructure in Odesa late on February 22, sparking a fire, the regional governor said.

Oleh Kiper said on Telegram there were injuries in the attack and numbers were being clarified. A video posted on social media showed a fire that appeared to have engulfed a number of buildings.

“As a result of the Russian attack by attack drones, a fire broke out at a civil infrastructure facility in Odesa. There is information about the injured people,” Kiper said. “All relevant services are working at the scene.”

Earlier, the Ukrainian military reported that several groups of drones were attacking Ukraine from the east and south.

In the eastern Donetsk region, regional Governor Vadym Filashkin said at least one person was killed by Russian shelling. Nine people, including four young people, were injured, he said.

He said 13 shells had hit the village and published photos of destroyed houses.

Earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry said that it had captured Pobeda, a village located about 20 kilometers southwest of Donetsk, the regional capital. Before the war, Pobeda had a population of only a few dozen people.

The Ukrainian military has not commented on the Russian claim.

Russian military bloggers say that although the village is quite small, it allegedly has tactical significance in that it is located on the main road to Vuhledar in southern Donetsk.

Ukraine’s military earlier acknowledged it struck a training ground in occupied Kherson where Russian troops were preparing for an assault on Ukraine’s bridgehead at Krynka on the left bank of the Dnieper River, the second time this week a strike has killed scores of Russian personnel.

At the same time, Kyiv denied Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu’s claim that Russian forces had captured the Ukrainian bridgehead at Krynka.

“There were at least three strikes on the concentration of Russian troops at the training ground near Novaya Kakhovka,” Nataliya Humenyuk, spokeswoman of the Defense Forces of Southern Ukraine, told RFE/RL on February 22.

“The Russian military was preparing to storm Krynka, which they claimed they had already been captured…. According to preliminary data, commanders of the Dnieper group [of Russian forces] were also there. The information is still being checked,” Humenyuk said.

In a separate statement made to Suspilne, Humenyuk said at least 60 Russian soldiers were killed in the attack.

Ukrainian forces in November 2022 liberated Kherson city and the rest of the region on the right bank of the Dnieper forcing Russian troops across the river. Last year, Kyiv’s troops managed to also establish a small bridgehead on the Dnieper’s left bank, which has come under constant Russian attacks.

The purported Ukrainian strike on Russian forces in Kherson was the second in as many days in which a large number of Russian troops were reportedly killed.

Destroyed Russian tanks are seen near the village of Bohorodychne in the Donetsk region on February 13.

On February 21, BBC Russian reported that a Ukrainian strike on a training ground in Moscow-occupied Donetsk had killed at least 60 Russian troops.

According to the report, Russian soldiers from the 36th Guards Motorized Rifle Brigade had been lined up and were waiting for the arrival of Major General Oleg Moiseyev, commander of the 29th Russian Army, when the strike occurred on February 20.

Neither Russia nor Ukraine has commented on the report. Pro-Russian social media outlets posted videos and photos purportedly showing dozens of uniformed dead bodies, accusing Moiseyev of making soldiers stand in line waiting for his arrival when they were hit.

Ukrainian Air Force spokesman Yuriy Ihnat said on February 22 that since launching the invasion two year ago, Russia has launched more than 8,000 missiles and 4,630 drones — of which 3,605 have been shot down — at targets inside Ukraine.

In Moscow, former President Dmitry Medvedev boasted that after Ukrainian forces last week withdrew from the eastern city of Avdiyivka following a monthslong bloody battle, Russian troops would keep advancing deeper into Ukraine.

With the war nearing its two-year mark amid Ukrainian shortages of manpower, more advanced weapons, and ammunition, Medvedev signaled Moscow could again try and seize the capital after being pushed back decisively from the outskirts of Kyiv during the initial days of the invasion in February 2022.

“Where should we stop? I don’t know,” Medvedev, now deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, said in an interview with Russian media.

“Will it be Kyiv? Yes, it probably should be Kyiv. If not now, then after some time, maybe in some other phase of the development of this conflict,” he said.

Medvedev was once considered a reformer in Russia, serving as president to allow Vladimir Putin to be prime minister for four years to abide by term limits before returning to the presidency for a third time in 2012.

But the 56-year-old former lawyer has become known more recently for his caustic articles, social media posts, and remarks that echo the outlandish kind of historical revisionism that Putin has used to vilify the West and underpin the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.

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