Russian missile strike hits Odesa warehouse, injuring 4

According to Ukraine’s Air Force Command, the attack began in the morning hours when two Iskander-K cruise missiles were detected heading towards Odesa Oblast

Russian forces launched a missile attack on Odesa Oblast early on June 24, 2024, targeting civilian infrastructure and leaving four people injured. The assault, involving two Iskander-K cruise missiles, marks another chapter in the campaign against Ukraine’s southern regions.

According to Ukraine’s Air Force Command, the attack began in the morning hours when two Iskander-K cruise missiles were detected heading towards Odesa Oblast. In a partial defence success, Ukrainian air defence systems intercepted one of the incoming missiles. However, the second missile found its mark, striking a warehouse belonging to the Tavria V supermarket chain, a recurring target in Russian attacks.

Oleh Kiper, head of the Odesa Regional Military Administration, provided details on the casualties. The missile strike caused significant damage, igniting a fire that spread over an area of 3,000 square meters. Emergency services responded swiftly, working to extinguish the blaze and continuing to douse affected structures in the aftermath.

Local authorities established an operational headquarters at the site to manage the crisis and process applications for material assistance from residents of neighbouring houses affected by the attack.

This incident bears a chilling similarity to a June 2023 attack, where Russian forces targeted the same supermarket chain’s warehouse, resulting in the deaths of three employees. The recurrence of such attacks on civilian targets raises serious concerns about the protection of non-military infrastructure in the ongoing conflict.

The assault on Odesa was not an isolated incident. The Air Force Command also reported that Russian forces carried out air strikes using guided bombs on Kherson Oblast at dawn. Additionally, on June 23, Ukrainian forces successfully destroyed a ZALA reconnaissance drone in Mykolaiv Oblast, further illustrating the multi-faceted nature of the conflict.

As Odesa and other southern Ukrainian regions continue to face the brunt of Russian aggression, questions persist about the effectiveness of current defence measures and the international community’s response to these ongoing attacks on civilian targets. The incident serves as a grim reminder of the human cost of the war and the urgent need for enhanced protective measures for Ukraine’s civilian population and infrastructure.

While Ukrainian authorities work tirelessly to strengthen their defences and provide support to affected communities, the international community watches closely, recognizing that each such attack not only impacts residents but also has broader implications for regional stability and global security dynamics.

As the conflict enters another year, the resilience of Ukraine’s people continues to be tested, with cities like Odesa standing as symbols of both the devastating impact of war and the unwavering spirit of those caught in its crosshairs.