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Russian attack in Odessa region leaves two dead, damages port, Ukraine says

Russia launched 20 drones and five missiles at Ukraine on Wednesday (10), killing two people in the Black Sea region of Odessa, damaging port infrastructure and hitting an energy facility in the northwest, officials said.

A truck driver and a security guard were killed in the southern Odessa region during the missile attack, which damaged port depots, trucks and a civilian ship, regional governor Oleh Kiper said. A sailor was also wounded, he said.

The Odessa region is the hub of Ukrainian exports to the Black Sea, which resumed without Russia’s consent after Moscow abandoned a UN deal last year that allowed Kiev to export food during the war with Russia.

The region’s port facilities have been regularly targeted by long-range strikes from Moscow. Russia, which launched its full-scale invasion in February 2022, has repeatedly denied targeting civilians or civilian infrastructure in Ukraine.

Separately, attack drones damaged a power facility in the Rivne region, the national grid operator said. A fire was localized and no casualties were reported, Governor Oleksandr Koval said.

The attack caused temporary power outages in the region but did not require changes to scheduled power cuts, grid operator Ukrenergo said.

Ukraine has been forced to introduce regular hours-long power cuts amid a supply shortage due to significant damage to energy facilities since March caused by Russian airstrikes.

Ukraine’s air force said in a statement that it had shot down 14 of 20 drones in eight regions during the strike. It also prevented three of four Russian Kh-59/Kh-69 missiles from reaching their targets.

Source: CNN Brasil

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