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At least 9 dead in Russian attack on Ukrainian airport

Lviv, Ukraine, Mar 7 (EFE).- At least nine people, including five civilians, were killed when Russian forces bombarded an airport in Ukraine a day ago, the State Emergency Service said on Monday.

The fatalities occurred Sunday when eight Russian missiles hit the civil-military dual-use airport in the Vinnytsia city in western Ukraine.

Searchers recovered 15 bodies on Monday from the rubble of the almost wiped-out airport, said the rescue agency on its official Telegram account.

The dead included five civilians and four military soldiers.

“Search operations are underway,” the agency said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy Sunday denounced Russian plans to bomb the southern Ukrainian Black Sea port city of Odesa after the destruction of the Vinnytsia airport.

In a video posted on his Telegram account, Zelenskyy said the Vinnytsia airport was destroyed after Russian missiles hit it.

“Peaceful Vinnytsia has never threatened Russia,” he said.

“The brutal and cynical missile attack left the airport completely destroyed. They continue to destroy our infrastructure, our life, which we, our parents, our grandparents, generations of Ukrainians built.”

Zelenskyy again called on NATO to declare Ukraine a no-fly zone, a proposal the alliance has ruled out for now.

“If they do not do this, give us planes so we can defend ourselves,” he said. EFE


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