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A Russian missile struck a multi-story apartment building in the Odesa region of Ukraine, killing at least 10 people, a local official said.

A sports centre was also hit in the Belgorod-Dniester region with the missiles fired by Russian aircraft coming from the direction of the Black Sea.

Emergency services rushed to the nine floor apartment block which was on fire and attempts were made to rescue people from the flames.

"The number of dead as a result of a strike on a multi-story apartment building has now risen to 10," Serhiy Bratchuk, spokesman for the Odesa regional administration said on his Telegram channel.

Earlier reports said six people had died in the night-time incident, including three children.

There have been reported victims also at the sports centre although the number is not yet known.

It comes as Russian forces abandoned the strategic Black Sea outpost of Snake Island on Thursday in a victory for Ukraine that could loosen the grip of Russia's blockade on Ukrainian ports.

Russia said it had decided to withdraw from the outcrop off Ukraine's southwestern coast as a "gesture of goodwill" to show Moscow was not obstructing UN attempts to open a humanitarian corridor allowing grains to be shipped from Ukraine.

Ukraine’s southern military command wrote on Facebook that following a successful operation involving missile and artillery units, Russian forces had evacuated from Snake Island in two boats.

"KABOOM!" tweeted Andriy Yermak, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's chief of staff. "No Russian troops on the Snake Island anymore. Our Armed Forces did a great job."

Boris Johnson, at the Nato conference in Madrid, praised the “amazing ability of the Ukrainians to fight back, to overcome adversity, and to repel the Russians”.

Snake Island became infamous after a group of Ukrainian soldiers defending the island told a Russian warship “go f**k yourself”.

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