The latest attack by Russian forces targeted the southern region of Ukraine, once again intensifying the tension in the area. The Defence Forces of South Ukraine reported on Telegram’s messaging platform that Russia had launched missiles at the southern port of Odesa, causing significant damage, particularly to grain stores.
The attack, which occurred overnight, destroyed Odesa’s port infrastructure, including the destruction of granaries and fires in the suburbs. The Ukrainian military disclosed that Russia launched a formidable assault, utilizing 19 drones and 2 Onyx supersonic missiles, accompanied by 12 Kalibr missiles. Ukraine shot down all 19 drones and 11 Kalibr missiles, displaying their powerful air defense capabilities.
This attack is part of a broader pattern where Russia has increasingly targeted Ukraine’s grain-exporting infrastructure in the Odesa and Mykolaiv regions. The goal appears to be testing the effectiveness of Ukraine’s air defense systems while disrupting vital economic assets.
Nataliya Gumenyuk, spokeswoman for the Ukrainian Southern military command, noted that Russia’s attack was massive and employed various means, reflecting the importance of port infrastructure in the region.
The ongoing conflict has ripple effects on global food security, as Russia and Ukraine are major agricultural powers. Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine and international sanctions have disrupted global supplies and markets.
Ukraine has been actively testing alternative Black Sea routes that avoid international waters controlled by Russia, relying on NATO member countries like Bulgaria and Romania. This effort aims to ensure the continued flow of grain shipments despite Russian threats to boats heading to or from Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky recently highlighted the country’s growing military capabilities. Ukraine has successfully employed domestically produced long-range weapons, signaling its self-reliance and expertise in warfare technology. This announcement underscores Ukraine’s determination to defend itself and regain control of territories occupied by Russia, including Crimea and Donbas.