The attack additionally got here two days after Russia promised retaliation for Kyiv’s maritime strike at the Crimean Bridge, which hyperlinks Russia to Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula which Moscow invaded and illegally annexed in 2014.
On Wednesday, native officers stated Russian forces hit Odessa’s loading infrastructure and grain and oil terminals, in an assault that lasted hours and got here in waves.
“One of the terrible nights,” Odessa Mayor Gennady Trukhanov wrote on Fb. “We don’t recall this type of scale of assault because the starting of the full-scale invasion.”
The barrage additionally focused different places throughout Ukraine, despite the fact that Odessa bore the brunt of the assault, officers stated. Ukraine’s Air Drive stated in a Telegram submit that Moscow introduced 30 cruise missiles and 32 self-destructing drones, of which 16 missiles and 23 drones have been intercepted.
Serhiy Bratchuk, a spokesman for the Odessa Army Management, stated in a video posted on Telegram, that the assault used to be the “maximum hellish night time within the Odessa area” which “appeared to be unending.”
The top of Odessa’s regional management, Oleh Kiper, stated that along with the moves on port infrastructure, there used to be in depth harm during town of Odessa, together with in residential quarters, vacationer amenities at the coast, an “commercial facility,” and two warehouses for tobacco and fireworks.
Officers reported no deaths, however stated numerous other people have been injured, together with a 9-year-old boy.
Kyiv’s army management stated that air defenses shot down all drones that have been introduced on the capital, and no casualties or damages have been reported. Sergiy Popko, head of Kyiv’s army management, stated it used to be “a troublesome night time of air assaults for all Ukraine.”