Status: 01/07/2022 03:52
At least ten people were killed in a Russian missile attack in the Odessa region, according to Ukrainian sources. President Zelenskyj views the Russian withdrawal from Snake Island as significant. Developments in the live blog.
Death after rocket attack in Odessa region
At least ten people were killed in a Russian rocket attack on a residential building in the Odessa region of southern Ukraine, according to Ukrainian sources. Odessa regional administration spokesman Serhiy Brachuk said the missile was fired from a plane flying over the Black Sea. Rescuers had initially spoken of six dead and seven injured. Three children are among the injured. “The death toll in the rocket attack on the residential building has risen to ten,” Bratschuk later explained.
conflicting parties as a source
Information on the course of the war, shelling and casualties provided by official bodies of the Russian and Ukrainian parties to the conflict cannot be verified directly by an independent body in the current situation.
Zelenskyy: Russian withdrawal from Snake Island improves situation
Russia’s withdrawal from Snake Island puts Ukraine in a better position, according to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. “Snake Island is a strategic point and it changes the situation in the Black Sea significantly,” Zelenskyy said in his nightly video address. This considerably restricts the freedom of action of the Russian army, even if it does not guarantee security. Russia occupied Snake Island shortly after attacking Ukraine on February 24. According to the Ukrainian military, Snake Island helps control parts of Ukraine’s coast and shipping lanes. With the withdrawal of the Russians from the island, the area around the port city of Odessa no longer has to fear a landing of Russian units. The Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday it was leaving the island as a sign of goodwill.
Foreign Ministry in Kyiv distances itself from Melnyk’s statement
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has distanced itself from the statements of the Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany, Andrei Melnyk. In a press release, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs emphasizes close cooperation with Poland. “The opinion expressed by Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk in an interview with a German journalist is his own and does not reflect the position of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry,” he said. The background is Melnyk’s statements to journalist Thilo Jung about Ukrainian politician and partisan leader Stepan Bandera and the conflicts between Poles and Ukrainians during World War II. In the interview, Melnyk denied there was evidence of the mass murder of Jews by Bandera supporters. He also did not accept the charge of collaborating with the Nazis.