Ukrainian Officials Report 21 Wounded in Third Consecutive Night of Russian Air Raids on Southern Ukraine

by Ethan Kim
Russian air raids on southern Ukraine

Southern Ukrainian cities, including the port of Odesa, faced a third consecutive night of Russian air raids, resulting in at least 21 injured individuals, according to Ukrainian authorities on Thursday.

Mykolaiv, a city near the Black Sea in the south, saw at least 19 people wounded overnight. The news was announced by Vitalii Kim, Governor of the region, via a statement on Telegram.

Russian assaults on southern Ukraine intensified this week, following President Vladimir Putin’s decision to withdraw Russia from an agreement permitting Ukraine to export grain to countries facing potential famine.

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Earlier this week, Moscow pledged a “response” for an attack that damaged a vital bridge linking Russia and Crimea, a territory annexed by Moscow. Russian officials pointed the finger at Ukraine for the attack.

In Mykolaiv, Russian bombardments razed several floors of a three-story building, leading to a fire that engulfed 450 square meters (4,800 square feet) and burned for several hours. Two individuals, including a child, were admitted to the hospital, as reported by the regional governor.

In Odesa, a port city, at least two people were injured following a Russian air raid which damaged buildings in the city center and sparked a fire covering an area of 300 square meters (3,200 square feet), Odesa Governor Oleh Kiper confirmed.

These strikes followed a heavy Russian assault using drones and missiles the day prior, which damaged crucial port infrastructure in Odesa, including grain and oil terminals, resulting in the destruction of at least 60,000 tons of grain.

The European Union’s head of foreign affairs expressed his condemnation of Russia’s targeting of grain storage facilities.

“Over 60,000 tons of grain has been incinerated,” commented Josep Borrell in Brussels on Thursday, reflecting on Moscow’s recent actions. “They not only pull out of the grain agreement… but they’re incinerating the grain.”

Additionally, on Wednesday, the White House issued a warning that Russia is planning potential attacks on civilian vessels in the Black Sea, a development that could unsettle shippers and spike grain prices further.

White House National Security Council spokesman Adam Hodge stated that Russia has placed more sea mines near the entrances to Ukrainian ports.

“We think this is a coordinated effort to legitimize any attacks against civilian vessels in the Black Sea and falsely accuse Ukraine for these attacks,” the statement read.

In the Moscow-annexed territory of Crimea, an “enemy drone”—presumed to refer to Ukraine—attacked a settlement in the peninsula’s northwest, according to the region’s Moscow-appointed governor Sergei Aksyonov on Thursday. He reported that the attack damaged multiple administrative buildings and claimed the life of a teenage girl.

Meanwhile, the Belarusian Defense Ministry announced on Thursday that the country’s military continues to participate in training exercises with fighters from the Wagner private military contractor, near the Polish border.

The exercises are set to continue for a week, the ministry posted on Telegram, and pledged to provide further details later.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who mediated an agreement that halted a rebellion last month led by Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin, suggested that the Belarusian military could gain from the mercenaries’ combat experience.

Contribution from Raf Casert in Brussels.

For AP’s ongoing coverage of the Ukraine war, visit https://bigbignews.net/russia-ukraine

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Russian air raids on southern Ukraine

How many people were injured in the recent Russian air raids on southern Ukraine?

At least 21 people were reported injured during the third night of Russian air attacks on southern Ukraine.

Which cities in southern Ukraine were targeted in the Russian air raids?

The cities targeted include Odesa and Mykolaiv, both located in southern Ukraine.

What did Russia do that intensified the attacks on southern Ukraine?

Russia intensified its attacks on southern Ukraine after President Vladimir Putin pulled Russia out of a wartime deal that allowed Ukraine to send grain to countries facing the threat of hunger.

What happened in the port city of Odesa during the Russian air attacks?

At least two people were injured in Odesa during a Russian air attack, which caused damage to buildings in the city center and sparked a fire.

What warning has the White House given regarding Russia’s actions in the Black Sea?

The White House warned that Russia is planning possible attacks on civilian shipping vessels in the Black Sea.

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Dora_explores July 20, 2023 - 1:38 pm

this situation just keeps getting worse! Can’t the UN do anything about it?!

Jake_M July 20, 2023 - 2:02 pm

Wow, this is really scary stuff. hope everyone over there stays safe…

OceanBreeze July 20, 2023 - 3:43 pm

Those poor people in Odesa and Mykolaiv…can’t even imagine what they’re going thru. Thoughts n prayers to them.

lovinPeace July 20, 2023 - 6:37 pm

can’t believe it’s already the third night. feels like the news just keeps getting worse. Why can’t we all just get along??

PoliSciGrad July 20, 2023 - 7:22 pm

If Russia is really planning attacks on civilian vessels in the Black Sea, that could potentially escalate this conflict to a whole new level. This is serious stuff, folks.

Activist_365 July 20, 2023 - 11:23 pm

What the hell is happening in the world! Wake up people! We need to stop this madness…now.

KnowledgeSeeker01 July 21, 2023 - 4:52 am

I’ve been tracking this situation closely. The grain deal was so important for so many countries. What’s Putin thinking???


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