Casualties in a Russian drone attack on Odessa in Ukraine

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the deaths of several victims, in a Russian drone attack on Saturday could have been avoided if Ukraine hadn’t faced delays in delivering weapons supplies.

Rescue personnel recovered eight bodies from under the rubble and were still searching for more late this evening.

“Russia continues to fight civilians… One of the enemy’s drones hit a residential building in Odessa; 18 apartments were destroyed,” Zelensky said in a post on Telegram.

The region’s governor, Oleh Kiper, said that among the dead were three men, aged 35, 40 and 54, and two women aged 31 and 73.

He added that the number of injured people reached eight, including a three-year-old girl.

“Delaying the supply of weapons and missile defense systems to Ukraine to protect our people unfortunately leads to such losses,” he said in his video evening speech.

Smoke rose from the rubble scattered on the ground at the site where the drone destroyed a large part of the multi-storey building.

Clothes and furniture appeared scattered among the destroyed concrete and iron blocks hanging from the side of the damaged residential building.

The Ukrainian State Emergency Service published photos, including one showing rescuers placing the body of a young child inside a body bag.

According to Zelensky, the Iranian-made drone was a Shahid model.

Russia launched several thousand of these long-range drones throughout the war on targets deep in Ukraine.

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