Russia has initiated three waves of nighttime air assaults on the southern Ukrainian port city of Odesa, as confirmed by officials on Monday. However, the Ukrainian air force successfully intercepted all 15 incoming Shahed drones and eight Kalibr missiles.
The interceptions led to falling debris that caused damage to various structures in the city, including an educational facility’s dormitory, a residential building, and a supermarket. Two supermarket employees were subsequently hospitalized due to the incident, according to Odesa Gov. Oleh Kiper.
Recent actions by the Kremlin’s forces have seen intensified attacks on Odesa, primarily targeting facilities involved in transporting Ukraine’s vital grain exports and causing harm to significant Ukrainian historical sites.
This escalation of attacks came shortly after Moscow’s decision to terminate a significant agreement that facilitated the flow of grain from Ukraine to various countries in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, a move aimed at reducing the risk of food shortages.
Following the withdrawal from this agreement, Russia initiated a series of repeated strikes on Ukrainian ports, including Odesa, and even declared vast portions of the Black Sea as hazardous for shipping.
In a separate incident on Sunday, a Russian warship resorted to firing warning shots at a cargo ship in the southwestern Black Sea. The Russian Defense Ministry stated that the cargo ship was en route to the Ukrainian Danube River port of Izmail. The ministry reported that shots were fired using automatic small arms to compel the ship to stop.
Over the previous 24 hours, Ukraine’s presidential office reported at least eight civilian casualties and 23 individuals wounded across the country.