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Ukraine’s Zelenskyy says Russian strikes ‘deliberately’ hit grain deal sites in Odesa

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President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Wednesday said Russian strikes had “deliberately” hit sites in Ukraine used to export grain after Moscow attacked the coastal region of Odesa for a second night in a row.

Russia pounded Ukraine’s southern region of Odesa with missiles and drones in the early hours of Wednesday, the second consecutive night of attacks since Moscow pulled out of a grain export deal.

“Russian terrorists deliberately targeted the grain deal infrastructure, and every Russian missile is a blow not only to Ukraine, but to everyone in the world who wants a normal and safe life,” Zelenskyy said on Telegram.

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The Office of the Prosecutor General said it was the largest attack on the Black Sea coast of Odesa so far and that 10 civilians, including a nine-year-old boy, had been injured.

Officials said grain terminals and infrastructure in the ports of Odesa and Chornomorsk had been attacked.

Kyiv said Russia had fired air, land and sea-based cruise missiles, including the Kalibr, and 32 Iranian-made drones.

Thirty seven air targets have been destroyed - including 13 Kalibr cruise missiles, one X-59 guided missile and 23 drones, the Ukrainian air force said.

Aside from the port infrastructure, a number of apartment buildings, hotels and warehouses have been damaged, officials said.

“The X-59 was shot down by air defense forces on its approach to the shore and crashed in one of Odesa’s neighborhoods, creating a large crater, with the blast wave damaging several buildings around it,” said Oleg Kiper, head of the Odesa regional military administration.

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