Ukraine-Russia war: Five killed in Russian strike on ‘Harry Potter castle’ in Odesa

Five civilians have been killed after a Russian missile attack struck an educational institution in the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Odesa.

At least 32 people have been injured, local officials said, including a four-year-old and a pregnant woman.

Regional governor Oleh Kiper said that in addition to those killed in the attack, one man died after suffering a stroke attributed to the strike.

The roof of the grand ornate building, which has been dubbed the ‘Harry Potter castle’, has been all but destroyed in the attack as footage shows flames engulfing the architecture.

“Monsters. Beasts. Savages. Scum. I don’t know what else to say,” Odesa Mayor Hennadii Trukhanov said in a video posted on Telegram. “People are going for a walk by the sea and they are shooting and killing.”

The attack came after Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg condemned the slow delivery of aid from Ukraine’s allies in the West and said “serious delays” allowed Russians to advance on the war frontline in the 25-month-old invasion.