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Russian massive shelling of Odesa: consequences of the attack

Russian massive shelling of Odesa: consequences of the attack The consequences of the rocket attack on Odesa on the night of July 23 (Photo: Getty Images)

As a result of the enemy's combined rocket attack that occurred overnight on July 23, significant damage to residential buildings and infrastructure in Odesa has been recorded, with many casualties and one confirmed fatality, according to Oleg Kipper, the head of the Odesa Regional Military Administration (ORMA).

The official stated that there is damage to civilian infrastructure, residential buildings, and religious institutions, but information about the casualties is still being clarified.

The head of ORMA also urged the city's residents and the region's inhabitants to remain in shelters until the all-clear signal is given during air raids and emphasized the importance of maintaining information silence during hostile attacks.
"Dear citizens of Odesa and the region, in case of repeated air raid alarms, quickly seek shelter and stay there until the all-clear signal! I specifically address the administrators of Telegram channels and bloggers: do not post the consequences of enemy attacks now! Do not assist the enemy!" - the official wrote.
Police added that the rocket attack damaged and destroyed civilian infrastructure, high-rise and private residential buildings, and vehicles. Numerous buildings suffered damage to facades and roofs, and windows were shattered.

As a result of the rocket attack, the Teacher's House and several nearby buildings were also damaged.

There is a victim and many injured
There have been casualties and many injured. Later, the head of ORMA reported that as of 03:00 in Odesa, 18 people were wounded, including four children.
"Fourteen people, including three children, have been hospitalized," said the official, adding that emergency medical services are working on-site.
Furthermore, there has been one confirmed fatality.
"Unfortunately, we have one civilian fatality due to the night's terrorist attack by the Russians on Odesa. Sincere condolences to the family and loved ones," the head of ORMA announced.
Later, the press service of the Odesa Regional Police reported that the number of injured had increased.
Currently, at least 22 people, including four children, are known to have been injured. Fourteen citizens have been hospitalized, including three children.

Video of the fire at the cathedral and photos of the destruction have emerged
Local media released footage of the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral, which suffered severe damage due to the Russian missile attack.
Additionally, a fire broke out inside the cathedral. According to "Dumska" (Odesa's newsgroup), there is information that the icon of the Mother of God of Kaspirovsk, the patroness of Odesa, was rescued from the ruins.

The city administration confirmed the destruction of the cathedral and showed a video

According to the Odesa City Administration, on the night of July 23, the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral was destroyed due to a Russian missile attack.

"Mayor Hennadii Trukhanov arrived at the scene. In addition to significant damage to the building, Orthodox shrines were damaged: the Kasperovskaya Icon of the Mother of God, which is the patroness of Odesa, was taken out of the rubble," the press service of the city council said.

The most massive strike on Odesa's historical center

According to Yuri Kruk, the head of the Odesa District Military Administration, Russian occupiers carried out the most massive attack on Odesa's historical center this night, as reported by the Odesa RVA.

"We are dealing with the most significant enemy strike on Odesa's historical center since the beginning of the war," he said.

The official added that the Russians targeted civilian infrastructure and residential buildings and "practically destroyed the largest cathedral in southern Ukraine."

Cathedral suffered colossal destruction

The extent of damage to the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral in Odesa due to the Russian missile attack is now known. According to Archdeacon Andriy Palchuk from the Odesa Eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, the damages are colossal, as reported by "Suspilne."

"The missile hit the right side and pierced the minus first floor. Half of the cathedral lost its roof. The central domes and foundation were damaged. All windows and stucco were shattered. There was a fire, and the area where icons and candles are sold in the church was on fire," he said.

Elimination of consequences

The local authorities informed about documenting all damages, after which efforts to eliminate the results of the enemy's rocket attack on Odesa will begin.

"Dear Odesa residents! As a result of last night's enemy attacks, many residential buildings have been damaged. The necessary medical assistance is provided to the injured. The relevant services are currently documenting all damages. After the work is completed, municipal workers will begin to eliminate the consequences of the attack," the message stated.

Rocket attack on Odesa on the night of July 23

Russian occupiers again launched rocket attacks on Odesa overnight. The city experienced powerful explosions.

According to Sergiy Bratchuk, the Odesa Regional Military Administration (ORMA) spokesperson, this attack was combined. Before that, the Air Force Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported launches of Kalibr cruise missiles and supersonic anti-ship missiles "Onyx" in the direction of the southern regions.

Russian strikes on Odesa and other cities in southern Ukraine

After withdrawing from the "grain agreement," Russia has been launching rocket attacks on Odesa and the region almost every night. The enemy also uses kamikaze drones and various types of missiles to strike the Kherson and Mykolaiv regions, causing civilian casualties and injuries.

On the night of July 23, the occupiers conducted another combined attack on the city and the region, using Kalibr, X-22, and "Onyx" cruise missiles. According to ORMA, the attack caused damage to civilian objects and residential buildings.

As Natalia Humeniuk, the spokesperson for the South Operational Command, noted, Russia did not achieve its goals with the attacks, so it will continue to strike.