War in Ukraine: Russia launches drone strike in Odesa

Russia targeted grain facilities in the southern Ukrainian port city of Odesa overnight with Shahed strike drones, according to Ukrainian military officials.

Authorities said nearly all of the drones were shot down, but two managed to evade air defenses and hit administrative buildings in the port.

Debris from successful intercepts caused fires at two terminals, including one that held grain, officials said, but damage from the fires was minimal before they were extinguished.

Odesa is Ukraine’s largest port and the starting point for grain shipments across the Black Sea and to world markets.

The passage of ships carrying Ukrainian grain is governed by an agreement involving Russia, Ukraine and Turkey since July last year. The deal is due to expire next week and Russian officials have expressed reluctance to extend it.

Andrew Carey and Olga Voitovych from CNN in Kiev
Report originally published in English
Edition: Léo Vilhena