Russian drones attacked port infrastructures in the region of Odessain southern Ukraine, and the capital kyiv, causing property damage but not humans, authorities said.
Troops commanded by Vladimir Putin launched Shahed Explosive Drones Iranian-made since Black Sea towards the Odessa region, a recurring target of Russian attacks after the withdrawal of the grain export agreement, the Ukrainian army said.
“The obvious objective of the enemy was the port and industrial infrastructure of the region. The air defense forces worked without a break for almost three hours, ”he explained.
“The attack caused fires at industrial and port facilities and damaged a forklift”, pointed out the army, which did not report any injuries at the moment.
Russian forces have multiplied attacks against Ukraine’s port infrastructure on the Black Sea, especially in Odessa, from where shipments of Ukrainian grain used to set sail to sell to the entire world.
These bombardments gained in intensity when Russia ended on July 17 an agreement sponsored a year ago by the UN and Türkiye that allowed the export of almost 33 million tons of cereals Ukrainians by the Black Sea.
Since then, these products transit through the small river ports in the Danube of Reni and Izmail, although these have also become targets for Russian troops.
attack on kyiv
Overnight, kyiv also suffered a attack with explosive drones.
According to the head of the capital’s military administration, Sergiy Popkogroups of Shahed aircraft coming from different directions entered the airspace of the city.
“All the targets – more than 10 drones – were detected and destroyed in time”, he assured on Telegram.
The downed aircraft fell on the neighborhoods of Solomyansky, Golosiivsky and Svyatoshynskycausing damage to non-residential property and road surfaces.
The mayor of kyiv, Vitali Klitschkoconfirmed the fall of the remains of the drones in several neighborhoods that caused material damage.
“There are no deaths or injuries in the capital“, said.
in the district of golosiivsky“parts of a drone fell into a children’s playground” and a fire started in a non-residential building, the kyiv military administration said.
Previously, this administration had issued a drone attack alert and recommended that citizens hide in shelters.
The attacks come a day after Russia announced it had neutralized several Ukrainian drones targeting Moscow, the annexed Crimean peninsula, and their ships in the Black Sea.
A skyscraper in a business district of the Russian capital was damaged in the attack for the second time since the weekend.
On Monday, Russia said it would step up its actions against the Ukrainian military infrastructure in response to drone attacks on its territory, which it blames on Kiev.
Wagner Group in Belarus
Meanwhile, the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, on Tuesday ruled out an attack by the Russian mercenaries from the Wagner Group to Poland from Belarusian territory.
”Finding themselves near Osipovich (in the Mogilev region), in the center of Belarus, these guys are not going anywhere. They are used to following orders.”said Lukashenko, quoted by the official agency BELT.
Lukashenko made the remarks during a visit to the Brest region, which borders Poland and Ukraine, after Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawieckiwarned of the deployment of a hundred Wagnerites near the border.
”No Wagner detachment with 100 men was deployed in that direction (the border with Poland). And if it was, it was done only in order to share its combat experience with the Belarusian brigades concentrated in Brest and Grodno,” he said.
Recently, when meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Lukashenko admitted his concern that the Wagnerites are willing to move towards Warsaw and the Rzeszow airfield. Morawiecki warned that the Wagnerites are allegedly targeting the Suwalki corridor, the narrow strip of strategic land that connects Belarus with the Russian Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad.
Along the same lines, the presidents of Lithuania and Latvia, Gitanas Nauseda and Edgars Rinkevics, respectively, expressed their concern about possible “provocations” by Russian mercenaries. Meanwhile, the head of the Ukrainian military intelligence (GUR), Kirilo Budanov, told EFE in kyiv that there is no information that the mercenaries of the Russian Wagner group in Belarus are going to attack Ukraine, Poland or other border countries.
(With information from AFP)
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