Ukraine says Russian drone strikes damage Odesa port


The Odesa region’s port and industrial infrastructure were damaged after drone strikes in Kyiv early Wednesday, CNN reported, citing the head of the Ukrainian regional military administration. Oleh Keeper. This comes after both Russia and Ukraine accused each other of carrying out cross-border attacks on Tuesday. “At night, the enemy attacked the UAV south of the Odesa region. As a result of the attack, the area’s port and industrial infrastructure facilities caught fire and a grain elevator was damaged. All response teams are on the scene,” Kiper posted on Telegram.

According to Kiper, there were no reports of casualties as of 5:30 a.m. local time, although he said the military command would provide final data and results of combat operations. Meanwhile, according to a CNN report, these attacks came shortly after Ukraine downed 10 drones in Kyiv early Wednesday. Serhii Popko, head of the Kyiv City Military Administration, confirmed the downing of 10 drones over Kyiv in a Telegram post early Wednesday.

Popko said preliminary information indicates that the Russian military used Shahid barrage weapons in the barrage of attacks. CNN quoted the Pope as saying, “Drone groups simultaneously moved towards Kyiv from multiple directions. However, air defence forces detected and destroyed more than 10 UAVs – all aerial targets – in time.” Debris from drones fell in Solomyanskyi, Holosivskyi and Sviatoshinsky districts of Kyiv, and some non-residential buildings and road surfaces were damaged, but no serious damage or fires, he said.

Citing a Telegram post, CNN reported that Kipper also warned of possible drone strikes on the Odessa region and asked people to take shelter while its air defences were operating. Earlier on Tuesday, Russia alleged that Ukraine had attempted another drone attack targeting “the same building” in Moscow that was attacked on Sunday. Meanwhile, Kyiv accused Russia of bombing a medical facility in the southern port city of Kherson, killing a doctor and injuring a nurse.

Ukrainian officials, including President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, have suggested that the attacks are aimed at destroying any remaining sense of peace in the Russian capital. CNN quoted Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to Zelensky, as saying, “Moscow is rapidly becoming accustomed to total war.” Last month, Russian missiles badly damaged a historic Orthodox cathedral in the southern Ukrainian port city of Odesa. CNN quoted Ukrainian officials as saying that at least one person was killed and several others were injured in the Odesa attacks. Ukraine’s Ministry of Culture said the attacks also destroyed other historic buildings.

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