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Russian missile strike hits Ukraine’s Odesa region for first time in weeks

Odesa regional Governor Maksym Marchenko said that infrastructure was hit and warned about the threat of a ‘massive missile barrage on the entire territory of Ukraine’.

Odesa,UPDATED: Nov 17, 2022 13:58 IST

A Ukrainian sapper inspects a destroyed building during the demining of a residential area in Novoselivka, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022 (Photo: AP)

By India Today Web Desk: A Russian missile strike hit Ukraine’s southern Odesa region for the first time in weeks on Thursday, news agency AP quoted the regional governor Maksym Marchenko as saying. Marchenko said that infrastructure was hit and warned about the threat of a ‘massive missile barrage on the entire territory of Ukraine’.

Russia launched its biggest wave of missile attacks on Ukrainian cities after over a month on Tuesday. The strikes targeted power infrastructure in several regions of the country, leaving more than seven million Ukrainians without power and the supply of electricity.

The report stated that multiple explosions were also reported in Dnipro. One person sustained injuries and two infrastructure objects were damaged in the attack, deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential office, Kyrylo Tymoshenko told AP.

Meanwhile, officials in Poltava, Kharkiv, Khmelnytskyi and Rivne regions have appealed to the residents to stay in bomb shelters as missile strikes continue to persist.

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As several explosions hit Ukraine, residents were urged to stay in bomb shelters as the threat of missile strikes persists. A missile struck Poland on Tuesday, killing two citizens. The missile blast occurred on a farm in Przewodow, just 6km (4 miles) from Poland’s border with Ukraine.

According to US officials, initial findings have suggested the missile that hit Poland was fired by Ukrainian forces at an incoming Russian missile. Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky has said he had ‘no doubts’ that Ukraine was not to blame for the missile strike that claimed two lives in Poland, reported BBC. However, US President Joe Biden has also cast a doubt on Zelensky’s statement that the missile was not of Ukrainian origin.

The incident in Poland, a NATO country, prompted ambassadors from the US-led military alliance to hold an emergency meeting in Brussels Wednesday.

(With agency inputs)

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