War in Ukraine: Civilians flee the port city of Odesa after a Russian strike kills at least 8 people

Published April 25, 2022 at 8:41 AM EDT
A pink stuffed pony and a pink stuffed hippo peek through tulips and other colorful flowers on a platform.
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Residents have placed toys and flowers in remembrance of a mother and 3-month-old girl who died in a rocket strike on a residential building in Odesa.

Among the dead at a heavily damaged apartment building are a mother and her 3-month-old child. The attack came as a shock on Orthodox Easter weekend in a city that had felt relatively safe.

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