The Hong Kong-flagged Joseph Schulte, the first cargo ship to leave Ukraine's Odesa port since the end of the grain deal despite Russian threats, sails in front of the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque and the Blue Mosque on the Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey, 18 August 2023. EFE-EPA/ERDEM SAHIN

Russian drone attack damages grain infrastructure in Ukraine’s Odesa region

Kiev, Aug 23 (EFE).- Russia carried out an overnight drone attack in the southern Ukrainian region of Odesa damaging grain infrastructure, the head of the regional military administration said Wednesday.

“Unfortunately, there are hits on production and transshipment complexes, where a fire broke out, with a total area of ​​700 square meters,” Oleg Kiper wrote on Telegram.

“As of 6 am, the fire was contained. Granaries are among the damages,” he added.

The official said that Ukrainian air defense forces shot down 9 Iranian-made Shahed-136/131 Kamikaze drones launched by Russia during the three-hour long attack.

Ukraine’s state news agency, Ukrinform, has published images of a destroyed barn.

According to several Ukrainian Telegram channels, the attack occurred in the Izmail port on the Danube River, in the extreme south-west of Ukraine and very close to the border with Romania, a NATO member.

Russia has repeatedly bombed Ukrainian port and agricultural infrastructure since terminating in mid-July the Black Sea grain export deal, under which it allowed the export of grains from three Ukrainian Black Sea ports for a year.

Since the Russian invasion, Ukraine has increased its agricultural exports across the Danube River amid Russia’s military blockade of the Black Sea. EFE