Ukraine reports Russian attack on port city of Odessa

by Gleb Gorodyankin

KIEV (Reuters) – Russia launched missile and drone strikes in southern and eastern Ukraine overnight from Monday into Tuesday, causing damage in the Black Sea port city of Odessa, Ukrainian leaders said on Tuesday.

The attacks follow Russia’s promise of retaliation after Monday’s deadly Crimean bridge attack.

Moscow has accused Kiev of attacking the bridge, which was used to transport military equipment to the Crimean peninsula annexed by Russia in 2014.

The Ukrainian Air Force said that all Kalibr missiles and 31 of the 36 drones were shot down.

The missiles and most of the drones were shot down in the Odessa and Mykolaiv regions, while others were destroyed in the eastern regions, Donetsk, Kharkiv and Dnipropetrovsk.

The Ukrainian Operational Command in the south of the country announced without giving further details that debris and shock waves had damaged an unspecified number of houses and infrastructure in the port of Odessa.

They did not report any casualties but one person was injured and taken to hospital.

The Odessa port has been the target of frequent attacks since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, although the port is involved in a Black Sea grain deal that expired on Monday after the Russian withdrawal.

“This latest attack is further proof that terrorists want to harm the lives of 400 million people in various countries that depend on Ukrainian exports,” Andrey Yermak, Ukrainian presidential chief of staff, said on Telegram.

The city’s mayor announced that a fire also broke out in the Mykolaiv port on Monday.

Reuters was unable to verify this information.

(With Lydia Kelly in Melbourne and Anna Pruchnica in Gdansk; French edition Zifan Liu, Editing by Kate Enstringer)

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