Ukraine says an additional person has died after Russia's overnight missile attacks in Odesa, bringing the death toll to 19.
Three Russian missiles hit a nine-story building and two recreation centers in the village of Sergiivka, in the southern Odesa region of Ukraine. Two children are among the dead and 38 people were injured, authorities said on Friday.
According to first deputy interior minister Yevhenii Yenin, there were no military targets or infrastructure in the vicinity of the areas struck by the Russian missiles.
Speaking at the scene, Yenin also said search and rescue operations were ongoing.
“We don't expect to find anyone alive, but there is a chance,” Yenin said. “According to preliminary information, there could have been two more people in the premises of the recreation center.”
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov claimed on Friday that Russian forces "do not target civilian infrastructure" during what Moscow euphemistically calls its "special military operation" in Ukraine.
He said Russia targets areas where ammunition is stored -- but as with previous Russian attacks on residential or community buildings, he failed to provide any evidence that this was the case at the Odesa sites.