Russian drones damaged the Danube river port of Izmail in Ukraine, causing a fire and civilian injuries, the regional governor said Wednesday. Following the collapse of the deal allowing grain shipments from Black Sea ports, Russia has ramped up attacks on Ukraine’s southern Odesa and Mykolaiv regions, home to ports and infrastructure vital for agriculture exports. Follow our live blog for the latest updates on the war in Ukraine. All times are Paris time (GMT+2).
05:00am: Russian drones strike Ukraine’s Izmail port, says governor
Russian drones damaged the Danube river port of Izmail in Ukraine, causing a fire and civilian injuries, the regional governor said Wednesday.
Russia “once again attacked the south of Odesa region”, Odesa regional governor Oleg Kiper said on Telegram.
“Several groups of strike drones were directed to the Izmail district,” he added.
“Damage to port and other civil infrastructure was recorded… rescuers are putting out the fire.”
He said six civilians were injured and taken to hospital, with three in a serious condition and three others in “moderate condition”.
02:55am: Ukraine launches missile attack on Sevastopol in Crimea, says Russia-installed governor
Ukraine carried out a missile attack on Sevastopol in Crimea in early hours on Wednesday, with Russia’s air defence systems engaging in repelling the assault, the Russia-installed governor of Sevastopol said on Wednesday.
Mikhail Razvozhayev, the Moscow-installed governor of the port city of Sevastopol in Crimea, said on the Telegram messaging app that the missile attack had caused a fire at a “non-civilian facility”.
The scale and other details of the attack were not immediately known. Reuters could not independently verify the report. There was no immediate comment from Kyiv.
12:00am: UN panel urged to declare US reporter’s Russian detention arbitrary
The Wall Street Journal’s parent company on Tuesday requested that a panel of experts declare its correspondent Evan Gershkovich, who is in Russian jail, as being “arbitrarily detained.”
Gershkovich, a US reporter, was detained in March during a reporting trip to the Urals and accused of spying — charges that he, the US government and his employer The Wall Street Journal vehemently deny.
His pre-trial custody had been due to expire on August 30, but several days prior a judge ruled it would be extended to November 30, a decision criticized by the WSJ and US State Department.
Key developments from Tuesday, September 12:
Ukraine may take legal action, including turning to the World Trade Organization to obtain compensation, after Poland extended a ban on importing its grain, Ukraine’s prime minister said Tuesday.
Russia’s Vladimir Putin earlier on Tuesday dismissed Kyiv’s claims that it will soon receive F-16 fighter jets from the West, saying deliveries of the aircraft to Ukraine will only prolong the war with Moscow.
Denmark will donate a package worth 5.8 billion Danish crowns ($833 million) to Ukraine, including tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, tank ammunition and anti-aircraft guns, the ministry of defence said in a statement on Tuesday.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP and Reuters)