September 24, 2023

On this picture supplied by the Nationwide Police of Ukraine, members of emergency companies work at a constructing destroyed by a Russian assault in Mykolaiv, Ukraine, Thursday, July 20, 2023. (Nationwide Police of Ukraine by way of AP)

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A 3rd evening of Russian air assaults pounded Ukraine’s southern cities, together with the port of Odesa, and wounded at the least 21 individuals, Ukrainian officers stated Thursday.

Not less than 19 individuals had been injured in a single day in Mykolaiv, a southern metropolis near the Black Sea, the area’s Governor Vitalii Kim stated in an announcement on Telegram.

Russia’s assaults on southern Ukraine have turn into extra intense this week, after President Vladimir Putin pulled Russia out of a wartime deal that allowed Ukraine to ship grain to nations going through the specter of starvation.

Moscow had additionally vowed “retribution” earlier this week for an assault that broken a vital bridge between Russia and the Moscow-annexed Crimean Peninsula. Russian officers blamed that strike on Ukraine.

In Mykolaiv, Russian strikes destroyed a number of flooring of a three-story constructing and triggered a hearth that affected an space of 4,800 sq. toes and burned for hours. Two individuals had been hospitalized, together with a toddler, based on the regional governor.

Within the port metropolis of Odesa, at the least two had been injured following a Russian air assault that broken buildings within the metropolis heart and triggered a hearth affecting an space of three,200 sq. toes, stated Odesa Governor Oleh Kiper.

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The strikes got here at some point after an intense Russian bombardment utilizing drones and missiles broken important port infrastructure in Odesa, together with grain and oil terminals. The assault destroyed at the least 60,000 tons of grain.

The European Union’s international affairs chief condemned Russia’s concentrating on of grain storage amenities.

“Greater than 60,000 tons of grain has been burned,” Josep Borrell stated in Brussels on Thursday, commenting on Moscow’s current techniques. “So not solely they withdraw from the grain settlement … however they’re burning the grain.”

Moreover, the White Home warned Wednesday that Russia is getting ready attainable assaults on civilian delivery vessels within the Black Sea. The warning might alarm shippers and additional drive up grain costs.

Russia has laid further sea mines within the approaches to Ukrainian ports, White Home Nationwide Safety Council spokesman Adam Hodge stated in an announcement.

“We consider that this can be a coordinated effort to justify any assaults in opposition to civilian ships within the Black Sea and lay blame on Ukraine for these assaults,” the assertion stated.

Within the Russian-annexed territory of Crimea, in the meantime, “an enemy drone” — an obvious reference to Ukraine — attacked a settlement within the peninsula’s northwest, the area’s Moscow-appointed governor Sergei Aksyonov reported Thursday. He stated that the assault broken a number of administrative buildings and killed a teenage woman.

In the meantime, the Belarusian Protection Ministry on Thursday stated the nation’s army continues to coach with fighters from the Wagner non-public army contractor, on a coaching floor close to the border with Poland.

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The workout routines will proceed for per week, the ministry stated on Telegram, and promised to share extra particulars later.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who brokered a deal that ended final month’s riot launched by Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin, has stated that his nation’s army may benefit from the mercenaries’ fight expertise.


Raf Casert in Brussels contributed.


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