On the third successive night of air strikes, Russia launched attacks on the southern Ukrainian port cities of Odesa and Mykolaiv. Ukrainian officials reported one person killed and at least 27 others wounded in the attacks.
Firefighters Engage in Intense Efforts at Heavily Damaged Residential Building Site in Mykolaiv. (Photo: Reuters)
On Thursday, Russia launched a third successive night of air strikes on southern Ukrainian port cities, targeting Odesa and Mykolaiv. The attacks resulted in one person killed and at least 27 wounded, as reported by Ukrainian officials. Tragically, in the northeastern region of Kharkiv, one person was also killed in Russian shelling, according to regional authorities.
The devastation was severe in Mykolaiv, with firefighters battling a massive blaze overnight. A three-storey residential building lost its top floor, and a line of adjacent buildings was charred and gutted by the fire.
Ukraine’s military disclosed that Russian forces had fired 19 missiles and deployed 19 drones during the night. Thankfully, they managed to intercept five missiles and 13 drones.
The situation in Mykolaiv was dire, with nineteen people wounded, and several residential buildings damaged, according to the regional governor, Vitaliy Kim. In Odesa, a security guard was killed, and at least eight others, including a child, were injured, according to the regional governor, Oleh Kiper.
President Volodymyr Zelenskiy condemned the attacks on the Telegram messaging app, expressing sadness for the wounded and dead. He assured the nation that they would endure this difficult time and stand strong against Russia’s aggression.
These attacks intensified after Russia withdrew from a year-old U.N.-brokered deal on Monday, which allowed safe passage for Ukrainian grain shipments. The attacks targeted Ukraine’s vital Black Sea ports and surrounding areas, as the country is a significant grain producer.
Earlier in the week, air strikes had already caused damage to Ukrainian grain export infrastructure. Still, there was no immediate report of major damage to port infrastructure on Thursday.
Russia did not comment on the latest air strikes but claimed that the Tuesday attacks on Ukrainian port cities were in retaliation for explosions on a bridge allegedly used to transport Russian military supplies, which Moscow blamed on Kyiv.
Separately, authorities in Kharkiv reported the death of a 61-year-old man due to Russian shelling of the village of Kozacha Lopan on Thursday morning. The situation remains highly tense and volatile as the conflict continues to escalate.