Russian Missile Hits Odesa Dorm: 'How Did These Kids Threaten Russia?'

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called Russia a "terrorist state" after a Russian missile strike reportedly hit a dormitory in Odesa, killing a teenage boy and leaving others wounded.

Ukrainian authorities on Monday reported that Russian forces fired a missile at the southern city of Odesa, adding to the growing number of people killed or injured by the conflict. The casualties in the Black Sea port city are the latest as Russian forces have turned their attention to Ukraine's south and east.

"Unfortunately, there are dead and wounded," Maxim Marchenko, Odesa regional administrator, said on Telegram, announcing the strike. "We will not leave it like that."

The Kyiv Independent posted to Twitter a video from State Emergency Service of fire crews extinguishing the flaming rubble from where the missile reportedly struck.

Zelensky said in a statement that a 14-year-old boy was killed by the missile and a 17-year-old girl was wounded by shrapnel in the strike.

"What did these children and the dormitory threaten the Russian state with?" said Zelensky. "And that's how they fight."

In the eastern Ukrainian city of Lysychansk, Zelensky said a gymnasium built by Belgians over a hundred years ago burnt down due to Russian shelling. He said the gymnasium withstood two world wars but "turned out to be a terrible threat to modern Russia."

According to Zelensky, 220 Ukrainian children have been killed by the Russian army since it began its invasion of Ukraine on February 24. That number is likely higher because Zelensky said authorities don't have access to all of its temporarily occupied areas. Additionally, 1,570 educational institutions have been destroyed or damaged by shelling, he said.

Barricades in Odesa
Ukrainian forces remain on guard against a potential Russian advance on the historic port city of Odesa, whose capture could help give Russia control of Ukraine's southern coast. Barricades are seen on the road in Odesa on April 25, 2022. Anastasia Vlasova/Getty Images

"That is why the whole free world united so that no one justifies Nazism, kills children or destroys peaceful cities as Russia does," said Zelensky.

Zelensky issued the statement the same day he met with Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod, who reopened his country's embassy in the Ukrainian capital city Kyiv.

Additionally, Zelensky said his office is working on additional sanctions against Russia and expects a new package from the European Union soon. He again called for Western powers to block Russia from receiving payments for energy sales, "so that the terrorist state is not given a billion euros a day for fuel."

After failing to take Kyiv, Russian forces pivoted to Ukraine's southern and eastern regions. The United Nations has warned that Russia's invasion could block seaports in cities, including Odesa, leading to worldwide food shortages.

Late last month, Ukrainian authorities released a video showing the aftermath of a Russian missile strike in Odesa, which reportedly killed five people and wounded 18.

Newsweek reached out to the Russian government for comment.