Russian forces attacked Ukrainian ports on the Danube River with drones early Wednesday, damaging granaries and warehouses which can be used to export grain, based on Ukrainian officers and the Protection Ministry of neighboring Romania.
The ministry condemned the attacks, on the ports of Reni and Izmail — Ukraine’s two important ports on the Danube, which lie simply throughout the water from Romania.
Andriy Yermak, the top of Ukraine’s presidential workplace, stated Russian drones had struck two hangar-type warehouses within the port of Reni within the Odesa area. Nobody was injured, he stated.
Ukraine’s Air Power stated it had shot down 13 drones within the Odesa and Mykolaiv areas, primarily aimed toward port infrastructure, however didn’t element what number of obtained by or whether or not the harm had been attributable to the particles of intercepted drones.
A sequence of assaults alongside the Danube in latest weeks have caused alarm, partly due to the proximity of among the ports to Romania, a NATO member.
The Danube delta grew to become an instantaneous various waterway for grain ships after Russia resumed its blockade final month of main Ukrainian ports alongside the Black Sea. However Russia quickly started attacking the smaller ports on the Danube as nicely, bombing Ukrainian grain-loading amenities there.
On Sunday, Russian forces fired warning shots before boarding a business vessel heading to a Ukrainian port on the Danube, additional rising tensions across the Black Sea and persevering with efforts to choke off Ukraine’s meals exports.
Individually on Wednesday morning, three drones had been shot down by air defenses within the Kaluga area of Russia, instantly to the southwest of the Moscow area, Russia’s Defense Ministry said. The ministry stated that Ukraine was behind the assault, however that declare couldn’t instantly be verified independently.
There have been greater than a dozen tried drone assaults in and round Moscow since Might.