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Ukrainian Forces Thwart Russian Drone and Missile Attack on Odesa Port

Port Of Odesa
Port Odesa, Ukraine

Ukrainian forces successfully countered a predawn Russian assault on the port of Odesa on Tuesday, shooting down numerous exploding drones and six cruise missiles, according to Ukrainian authorities. This attack came a day after Moscow cancelled an agreement that allowed Kyiv to export vital grain supplies from this Black Sea city during the ongoing conflict.

The Ukrainian military's Southern Command reported that Russia initially tried to weaken Ukraine's air defenses with the drones before targeting Odesa with six Kalibr cruise missiles.

The Odesa region and other southern areas' air defenses intercepted all six missiles and 25 drones. Still, the shock waves and debris damaged some port facilities and several residential buildings, injuring an elderly man in his home, officials stated.

Andriy Yermak, head of Ukraine's presidential office, argued that the assault demonstrates the Kremlin's willingness to risk the lives of millions globally who depend on Ukrainian grain exports. With food insecurity escalating in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia and high food prices driving more people into poverty, Yermak said, "The world must realize that the goal of the Russian Federation is hunger and killing people. They need waves of refugees. They want to weaken the West with this."

The suspension of the Black Sea Grain Initiative by Moscow was condemned by the United Nations and Ukraine's Western allies, who asserted it endangered numerous lives.

Moscow declared that the agreement would remain suspended until its demands for lifting export restrictions on Russian food and fertilizer are met.

On Tuesday, the Russian Defense Ministry claimed its forces had averted a Ukrainian attack on occupied Crimea involving 28 drones. The ministry stated that air defenses shot down 17 drones, while electronic warfare measures caused 11 others to crash, resulting in no damage or casualties.

This reported assault occurred a day after the Kremlin accused Ukraine of striking a bridge in Crimea, which serves as a crucial supply route for Russian forces in the war and connects Russia to Moscow-annexed Crimea.

So What Does This Mean?

This incident underscores the increasing reliance on advanced warfare tactics, such as the use of drones and cruise missiles, in the ongoing conflict. It also highlights Ukraine's preparedness and ability to counter these sophisticated attacks, which is crucial in the face of Russian aggression.

The halting of grain shipments from Ukraine threatens global food security, underscoring the wide-reaching consequences of the conflict. Countries that depend on Ukrainian grain exports could face shortages, exacerbating food insecurity and poverty levels, particularly in regions already grappling with these issues.

These developments continue to escalate tensions and complicate diplomatic efforts to resolve the conflict, underscoring the urgent need for effective negotiations and conflict resolution strategies.

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Miembro desconocido
18 jul 2023

Don't give in 2 those ruzzian bastards!! There has got to be a way around those assholes!! Pardon my potty mouth!! I just can't stand their tactics!!❤️🇺🇸🇺🇦🇺🇸

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Miembro desconocido
18 jul 2023

Wonder if they are cleaning ketchup off the walls of the Kremlin?

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