The smoldering facade of a residential building in Ukraine's Odesa region that was hit by a rocket on the night of June 30-July 1.
Ukrainian first responders say at least 17 people were killed and dozens more injured after Russian missiles hit a residential building and a recreation center in the southern coastal region of Odesa overnight on June 30-July 1, one day after Ukrainian forces boasted of recapturing a nearby strategic island off the coast.
The Ukrainian State Emergency Service said that seven people, including three children, were rescued from the rubble.
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"On July 1, around 01:00, in the town of Bilhorod-Dnistrovsky district, as a result of a rocket attack, a nine-story residential building was partially destroyed, followed by a fire in a shop attached to it with an area of about 20 square meters," the State Emergency Service said.
The Odesa regional military administration said a second rocket struck a recreation center in the same district, killing at least three people , including a child, and injuring several more.
It said Russian strategic aircraft had launched the attack from the direction of the Black Sea.
The Odesa-area attacks come with Russian forces otherwise focused on what Ukrainians call an "enormous" bombardment of the last major city holding out in the east, Lysychansk, and the shelling of civilian settlements in the Dnipropetrovsk region.
It also follows an attack earlier this week on a crowded shopping mall in Kremenchuk, in central Ukraine, leaving at least 18 people dead and dozens more missing. Ukrainian officials have described the mall attack as a "terrorist" act, while Moscow has denied responsibility.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy announced on July 30 that Ukrainian troops had expelled Russian forces and recaptured Snake Island in a development that he said significantly limits Russia's actions.
Control of Snake Island, located about 40 kilometers from Ukraine’s coast near the Danube Delta, had enabled Russia to threaten the sea lanes leading to and from Odesa, Ukraine’s main port for shipping grain to the world.
The head of the military administration of the Luhansk region to the east, Serhiy Hayday, said Lysychansk "is constantly being shelled with large [gun] calibers" by the Russian forces attempting to encircle the strategic hilltop city -- a key battleground in Moscow's attempt to conquer Ukraine's industrial heartland of Donbas.
After weeks of fighting that killed hundreds of civilians and turned the city into rubble, Moscow took control of neighboring Syevyerodonetsk, and is now setting its sights on Lysychansk.
Ukraine's Western allies have been sending weapons to Ukraine, and on June 30 the United States said it would provide a further $800 million in weapons and military aid.
Speaking after a NATO summit in Madrid, U.S. President Joe Biden said the war would not end with Russia defeating Ukraine, adding, "We are going to support Ukraine for as long as it takes."