4 Filipino Seafarers Hurt As Russia Fires Missile At Ship In Ukraine’s Odesa Region

Russia launched a missile at a civilian vessel, Kmax Ruler, entering a port in the Black Sea in Ukraine’s Odesa region.

This led to 4 Filipino seafarers getting injured, said the Department of Migrant Workers on Thursday.

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Hans Leo Cacdac, the officer-in-charge at the Department of Migrant Workers, said that the electrician of the Liberian-flagged vessel suffered a left-hand fracture and was admitted to a local hospital.

At the same time, the ship’s captain, deck cadet, and able seaman sustained minor injuries. They were receiving treatment onboard the ship.

The four seafarers were at the ship’s bridge when the Russian missile hit it, but luckily, they were far from the point of impact. Currently, they are out of danger, Hans said.

He also mentioned that the department contacted their manning agency and the vessel’s owner when they got a report of the accident.

Ukraine has said that in this accident, a harbour pilot lost his life, and a port worker got injured.

Tensions between Ukraine and Russia flared up even more after Moscow backed out from a UN-brokered agreement that allowed safe passage of civilian hips via the Black Sea.

References: sunstar, philstar

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