Russia Hits Ukrainian Port in Air Strikes

Russia Hits Ukrainian Port in Air Strikes
Firefighters work near damaged trucks following a Russian strike at a location given as Odesa region, Ukraine, on Sept. 26, 2023. (Odesa Regional Military Administration/Handout via Reuters)

KYIV—Russia hit Ukrainian port infrastructure and grain storage facilities in an overnight drone strike on the grain exporting district of Izmail, Ukrainian officials claimed on Tuesday.

Oleh Kiper, governor of the southern Odesa region which includes the Danube River ports of Izmail and Reni, said a border checkpoint building, storage facilities, and more than 30 trucks and cars were damaged, and that two people had been hurt.

The Ukrainian military said operations at an international checkpoint had been suspended and vehicles were temporarily being rerouted. Ukraine's border service later identified the crossing point as Orlivka on the border with Romania.

Russia quit a grain deal that had ensured safe Ukrainian shipments via the Black Sea in July.

Ukraine, a major global grain producer and exporter, has stepped up exports via the Danube since then.

Others Regions Attacked

It said that in addition to the Odesa region, the Mykolaiv region, Kherson, and Kirovohrad regions had also come under fire.

A Russian missile strike also damaged a local enterprise in the southern city of Kryvyi Rih, its mayor said, and the governor of the central Cherkasy region said an unspecified infrastructure facility had been hit there.

There were no reports of any deaths in the attacks, the latest of many carried out by Russia since it began its full-scale invasion of Ukraine 19 months ago.

The governor of Russia's Kursk region said power had been cut off to about seven settlements in his region in the latest reported attack. Russia's defense ministry said a drone had been destroyed over the Kursk region at around 5:30 a.m. (0230 GMT).

Reuters could not independently verify the reports by either side.

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