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A Ukrainian mother and her 3-month-old baby are among eight dead, following a Russian missile strike in Odesa, according to a report.
“She was a mom. She is no more. And neither is her 3 months old baby girl Kira,” said Ukrainian parliament member Lesia Vaslenko, posting a photo of the deceased woman.
Eighteen others were injured and several buildings were destroyed in the Saturday attack. A number of other victims are believed to still be under the rubble, the Kyiv Independent reported.
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The woman gave birth to the child just one month before the start of Russia’s invasion and posted a photo during the war to celebrate the child’s birthday.
“These were the best 40 weeks ever. Our girl is 1 month old now. Daddy got her first flowers. It’s a whole new level of happiness,” the February post read, which has been shared online following their deaths.
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This is post of a man who, as a result of a yesterday Russian rocket attack on a residential building in Odesa, lost his wife, little daughter and mother-in-law
On second photo you can see how it looks like “the military object in Odesa” on the opinion of Russians#RussianWarCrimes pic.twitter.com/QQQkVgCVvg
— Oleksandra Matviichuk (@avalaina) April 24, 2022
The attack also caused major damage to a 16-story residential complex in Arkadia, a residential area within Odesa, the Kyiv Independent reported.
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy confirmed the attack during a press conference Saturday afternoon, vowing revenge on those responsible. The Ukrainian military later said the missiles were launched by a Russian bomber Tu-95 from the Caspian Sea.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.