Rescue Efforts Ongoing in Odesa After 19 Killed in Reported Russian Missile Strike

Rescue efforts are ongoing after Russian nighttime missile strikes killed at least 19 people and injured another 38 on the outskirts of Odesa.

Footage from the scene shows severely damaged residential buildings as rescue workers sift through the rubble. Entire apartments appear devastated, with pet cats also apparently killed in the attack.

Rescuers can be seen looking for survivors in the ruined buildings. The streets in front of them appear to be covered in debris, with vehicles damaged, too.

As the footage ends, rescuers can be seen carrying a bodybag from one of the buildings.

Odesa apartment building hit by Russian missile
Rescue efforts are ongoing after Russian nighttime missile strikes killed at least 19 people and injured another 38 on the outskirts of the Odesa region in Ukraine. State Emergency Service of Ukraine/Zenger

The State Emergency Service (SES) of Ukraine said at around 5 a.m. Friday that "at around 1 a.m. in the Belgorod-Dnistrovsky district, a missile strike caused the partial destruction of a three-story and four-story recreational buildings, killing three people, including a child, and injuring one person. [Our] work [is] in progress."

The SES issued a further statement shortly before 11 a.m., saying that "as a result of a missile attack in Serhiivka village of the Bilhorod-Dnistrovsky district, 19 people died."

Serhiivka is a settlement in the Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi Raion, which is located in the Odesa Oblast region, on the outskirts of the port city of Odesa.

They said that this included 16 people who died when a residential building was hit and three people who died when a recreation center was hit, and that 38 people were injured and hospitalized, adding that "eight people were saved, including three children."

The SES also said that: "A total of 75 people and 19 units are involved in rescue operations, including 67 people and 11 units from the State Emergency Service. Rescue efforts are ongoing."

Odesa apartment building hit by Russian missile
Rescue efforts are ongoing after Russian nighttime missile strikes killed at least 19 people and injured another 38 on the outskirts of the Odesa region in Ukraine. State Emergency Service of Ukraine/Zenger

Zenger News contacted the State Emergency Service of Ukraine for further comment, as well as the Russian Defense Ministry, but had not received a reply at the time of writing.

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This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.