Ukraine’s air force said that Russian missiles struck an agricultural plant near Odesa.
The whole country of Ukraine was on air raid alert for many hours during the Russia-Ukraine War.
Early on Sunday, Russia attacked Ukraine with drones and missiles, focusing mostly on the southern Odesa area and striking an agricultural plant there, the Ukrainian Air Forces said on the Telegram messaging app.
According to the Air Force, six Iranian-made Shahed drones and six cruise missiles were fired by Russia and intercepted by Ukrainian troops before they could reach their intended target.
Grain markets have been closely monitoring the situation in Odesa and its ports after Kyiv said on Saturday that two cargo ships had arrived there to make advantage of a temporary passageway to enter Black Sea ports and load grain for African and Asian markets.
“Fighter aircraft, anti-aircraft missile units, mobile fire groups, and other means of attack were involved in repelling the air attack,” the Air Force said.
It was unclear what facility was damaged and the extent of the damage at the time. The only thing the Air Force confirmed was the presence of emergency services.
There was no immediate response from Russia, and Reuters was unable to independently verify the allegation.
For many hours, air raid warnings were in effect for the whole of Ukraine.
Following Russia’s withdrawal from an agreement to allow Kyiv to export grain, Ukraine this month proposed a “humanitarian corridor” in the Black Sea to free ships imprisoned in its ports since the war’s beginning in February 2022 and to avoid a de facto embargo.