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Russian missile strike kills 17 in Ukraine's Odesa; Russian troops withdraw from strategic 'Snake Island' Updated: 2022-07-01 17:18:37 KST

Rescuers search through the debris of a destroyed apartment building.
14 people were killed and 30 more injured by a Russian missile that struck a nine-story building near Ukraine's Odesa region.
This footage released by the State Emergency Services of Ukraine, shows the aftermath.
The Ukrainian government said the missile struck at about 1AM on Friday which started fire in an adjacent storage building.
Another Russian missile struck a resort facility nearby.
According to the Odesa regional administration, it killed at least three people including a child.
Also, Russian troops have now left what's known as "Snake Island", a strategically important island in the Black Sea.
Known as " Zminyi Island" in Ukrainian, Russians had seized it on the first day of the invasion.
In driving Russian troops away, Ukraine's armed forces said they had achieved their goal.
But, Russia claims this was done as a "gesture of goodwill", so not to obstruct attempts from the United Nations to open a humanitarian corridor to allow grains to be shipped from Ukraine.

"On the 30th June, as an act of goodwill the Russian Federation armed forces have completed executing the tasks at hand on the
Zmiyinyi Island and pulled out the remaining garrison."

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Snake Island is now "free", but said there was no guarantee that Russian troops will not come back.

"It does not yet guarantee security. It does not yet ensure that the enemy will not come back. But this significantly limits the actions of the occupiers. Step by step, we will push them back from our sea, our land and our sky."

Through the withdrawal, Russia may possibly loosen its grip on Ukraine's ports.
Bae Eun-ji, Arirang News.
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