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One killed in Russia drone attack on Ukraine’s Odesa: Governor

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One person was killed in Russian drone attacks on a port district in Ukraine’s southwestern Odesa region early Wednesday, the regional governor said.

The night-time attacks lasted three hours and targeted the Izmail district, Oleg Kiper said on Telegram.

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The Danube river port of Izmail, which borders NATO member Romania, has become a main export route for Ukrainian products following Russia’s withdrawal from a UN-brokered grain deal in July.

“Unfortunately, one person died,” said Kiper, adding that it was an agricultural worker who was seriously injured and died in hospital.

“Destruction and fires were recorded in several settlements,” he added, saying that port and agricultural infrastructure had been damaged, including administrative buildings.

Following the collapse of the deal allowing grain shipments from Black Sea ports, Russia has ramped up attacks on Ukraine’s southern Odesa and Mykolaiv regions, home to ports and infrastructure vital for agriculture exports.

Ukrainian forces downed 17 Russian drones over the Odesa region overnight into Monday.

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said Tuesday that the attacks had taken place “very, very close” to his country’s border.
Bucharest has strongly condemned Russian attacks on Ukraine’s Danube infrastructure.

Also overnight into Wednesday, Kyiv came under missile attack but there were no casualties or damage, authorities said.

Russian aircraft fired cruise missiles at the Ukrainian capital while other missiles also targeted the city, Sergiy Popko, head of the Kyiv City Military Administration, wrote on Telegram.

“All enemy targets moving towards the capital were destroyed by air defense forces and means. According to data at the moment, there are no victims or destruction in Kyiv,” he said.

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