Russia’s drones strategically targeted Ukraine’s southern part of Odesa on Sunday, with Moscow hitting a port in the Danube on the border with NATO member — Romania, in an attack that Bucharest condemned.
Moscow has reportedly hit Ukraine’s port infrastructure on the Black Sea and the Danube for weeks since exiting a crucial deal that permitted the safe passage of vessels loaded with grain.
The attack reportedly came in Russia on the eve of a summit between Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who hopes to revive the grain deal.
President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Sunday that he discussed how to ensure the functioning of the maritime corridor set up by Kyiv to facilitate safe navigation with Emmanuel Macron (of France).
The Odesa zone attacks came as Kyiv has claimed steady successes in its counter-offensive on the southern front this week.
Ukraine said Russia had hit Odesa with a barrage of Iranian-constructed Shahed drones, saying it managed to down 22 of those.
References: The Hindu, UPI
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