Ukraine Update: Russian missile strikes within a few hundred meters of Zelenskyy

Ukraine Update: Russian missile strikes within a few hundred meters of Zelenskyy

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis were reviewing damage done to the coastal city of Odesa when a Russian ballistic missile struck nearby. Sources in the city indicated the missile landed within a few hundred meters of Zelenskyy. A spokesperson for the Ukrainian navy indicated that at least five people died in the attack.

The strike’s proximity to Zelenskyy’s motorcade has led some observers to label this an attempted assassination. However, capturing the historic Black Sea city has long been one of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin’s top goals for the illegal invasion of Ukraine, and missile attacks on the city have been frequent.

Barring additional evidence, it’s likely that this missile was not intended specifically to assassinate the Ukrainian president, but was only part of Russia’s ongoing campaign of indiscriminate attacks against civilian locations. Thousands of Ukrainians have died in their homes, businesses, and at gathering places like shopping malls.

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