Russia launches intense night attacks across Ukraine and targets the southern port city of Odesa

by Sophia Chen
Ukraine-Russia conflict

On Wednesday, Ukrainian officials reported that Russia had initiated a series of severe nocturnal aerial assaults throughout Ukraine, zeroing in on the southern seaport city of Odesa for the second consecutive night. These attacks involved drones and missiles fired across various Ukrainian territories.

Simultaneously, Russian emergency authorities in Crimea reported the evacuation of more than 2,200 people from four villages due to a fire at a military facility. Sergey Aksyonov, the Russian-appointed leader of the region annexed in 2014, informed that the fire had also led to the closure of a vital highway. Aksyonov did not disclose the cause of the fire at the Kirovsky district facility, which occurred two days following an assault on a bridge connecting Russia and the peninsula, an act Ukraine has been blamed for by the Kremlin.

“Ukraine endured a challenging night of air attacks,” stated Serhii Popko, head of the Kyiv City Military Administration, on Telegram. More drones and missiles were reportedly launched against a larger area of Ukraine than in the preceding days. Popko emphasized the intensity of the assaults in Odesa for the second night running.

Odesa’s regional governor, Oleh Kiper, revealed that the attack involved “scores of missiles and attack drones” targeted at the port and infrastructure facilities. Debris from intercepted missiles and drones landed on residential buildings, beachfront resorts, and warehouses, sparking fires and causing several injuries.

Six residents of an apartment complex, including a 9-year-old boy, sought medical help for injuries from broken glass and other debris. A Kh-59 missile’s remnants formed a large crater in another city area, resulting in the injury of three civilians and damage to several buildings.

Kiper stated that Russia had attacked the port and critical infrastructure with Oniks and Kh-22 missiles. Grain and oil terminals were struck, leading to the damage of storage tanks and loading equipment and the outbreak of a fire. Emergency service personnel were subsequently dispatched.

In the broader Odesa region, eight Shahed drones were also intercepted. Two warehouses storing tobacco and fireworks were reported to have sustained damage.

Kyiv also faced attacks from Iranian-manufactured Shahed drones launched by Russia, but these were unsuccessful, according to Popko. Ukraine’s air defenses managed to intercept all drones targeted at the capital, and preliminary investigations suggested no casualties resulted.

Vitalii Bunechko, the regional governor of Zhytomyr in Ukraine, reported damage to infrastructure and private homes due to Russian drone attacks. However, no casualties were reported. Officials in the Ukrainian regions of Poltava and Kirovohrad also reported assaults.

This onslaught followed a day after what Russia’s Defense Ministry called a “strike of retribution” on Ukrainian military facilities near Odesa and the coastal city of Mykolaiv, using sea-launched precision weaponry.

Russia attributes a July 17 assault on the Kerch Bridge, linking Russia and Crimea and a vital conduit for military and civilian supplies, to Ukraine. While Ukraine’s top security agency seemed to implicitly concede involvement in the July 17 attack, it did not explicitly accept responsibility, maintaining a pattern observed after previous similar attacks on the Kerch Bridge.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Russia’s nocturnal air attacks on Ukraine

What was the target of Russia’s air attacks in Ukraine?

Russia launched intense nighttime air attacks across various parts of Ukraine, with a specific focus on the southern port city of Odesa.

How were the attacks carried out?

The attacks were carried out using drones and missiles. They were launched against a wider area of Ukraine, and the assaults were particularly severe in Odesa.

What was the aftermath of the attacks in Odesa?

The attacks in Odesa resulted in damage to residential buildings, beachfront resorts, and warehouses, causing several fires and injuries. Infrastructure, like grain and oil terminals, were also hit, resulting in fires and damage to storage and loading facilities.

What happened in Crimea during the same period?

In Crimea, a fire at a military facility led to the evacuation of over 2,200 people from four villages and the closure of a vital highway. The cause of the fire wasn’t specified.

What other regions in Ukraine were attacked?

Apart from Odesa and Kyiv, the regions of Zhytomyr, Poltava, and Kirovohrad in Ukraine also faced attacks.

What is the Kerch Bridge incident?

The Kerch Bridge, linking Russia and Crimea, was attacked on July 17, an act that Russia has blamed on Ukraine. Ukraine’s top security agency seemed to acknowledge involvement, but didn’t directly accept responsibility.

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TommyG July 19, 2023 - 8:33 am

War. What is it good for? Absolutely nothing! Sending thoughts and prayers to everyone affected. Stay strong Ukraine.

Alex_Traveller July 19, 2023 - 3:22 pm

I was in Ukraine just last year, beautiful country, beautiful people. Its so heartbreaking to see whats happening now. Hang in there, Ukraine!

John Smith July 19, 2023 - 8:51 pm

Can’t believe what’s going on in Ukraine right now… praying for the folks out there. How much longer will this go on??

SarahW July 20, 2023 - 12:55 am

I’ve got family in Odesa, it’s been a terrifying time for them. Just wish all of this would end 🙁

Jane Doe July 20, 2023 - 1:20 am

Why is the world just watching? something needs to be done!

Mike_R July 20, 2023 - 1:58 am

It’s sad… really sad. you look at the situation in Odesa, it’s frightening. not good, not good at all.

Danielle July 20, 2023 - 6:33 am

Just cnt believe this is happening. We live in 2023, and yet we still haven’t learnt frm the past. smh.


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