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Zelenskyy on night strikes: Russia fighting against civilians, more air defense needed

Zelenskyy on night strikes: Russia fighting against civilians, more air defense needed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Photo: RBC-Ukraine, Vitalii Nosach)

Russian terrorists continue to wage war against civilians. Ukraine must bolster its air defense, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

"Russia continues to fight against civilians. Night Shaheds attack: Kharkiv, Odesa, cities of the Sumy region. One of the enemy drones hit a residential building in Odesa. 18 apartments destroyed," the president wrote.

According to the country's leader, two fatalities are currently known in Odesa. Among the eight injured is a child.

Search and rescue operations are ongoing around the clock, with all services on-site. Necessary assistance is being provided to the injured.

"We need more air defense systems (ADS) from partners. We need to strengthen the Ukrainian air shield to add protection for our people against Russian terror. More ADS systems, more missiles for ADS - this is what saves lives," Zelenskyy added.

Attack on Odesa

After the first night in the Odesa region, explosions were heard. The regional military administration (RMA) and the city council reported a drone strike on a multi-story building. Initially, one fatality and seven injuries were reported. In the morning, rescuers retrieved the body of another deceased from the rubble.

After 08:30, RMA head Oleg Kiper reported that rescuers managed to extract a man from the debris. The victim is currently being examined by doctors.

Attack on Ukraine on the night of March 2

On the night of March 2, Russian terrorists attacked Ukraine:

  • With 3 guided aviation missiles Kh-59/Kh-35 from temporarily occupied territories of Kherson and Donetsk regions;

  • With 17 Shahed strike drones from the territory of Russian Primorsko-Akhtarsk and Crimean Balakliya.

During the combat operations, anti-aircraft missile units of the Air Force and mobile fire groups of the Defense Forces destroyed 14 Shaheds.

As a result of the strikes, there are fatalities and casualties in Odesa and Kharkiv regions.