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7 mins ago

Ukraine-Romania ferry route suspended after overnight Russian drone strikes

A ferry with Ukrainian refugees on board arrives at the Romanian-Ukrainian border point of Isaccea-Orlovka in Isaccea, Romania, on March 8, 2022. (Photo by DANIEL MIHAILESCU/AFP via Getty Images)

A ferry crossing point between Romania and Ukraine was suspended on Tuesday morning following a night attack by Russian drones that hit port infrastructure on the Ukrainian side.

The Orlivka-Isaccea border crossing on the Danube River has been closed and traffic is heading elsewhere, according to a spokesman for Ukraine's Border Guard Service.

"At the moment, measures are being taken to stabilize the operation at the Orlivka border crossing, on the border with Romania, in the Odessa region, following the enemy attack on the border infrastructure overnight," spokesman Andrii Demchenko told CNN.

The Orlivka-Isaccea border crossing in Ukraine's Odessa region is close to the border with Romania and Moldova. Despite their proximity to the border, Odessa's ports on the Danube River have repeatedly been targeted by Russia following the collapse of the Black Sea grain deal in July.

The Romanian Border Patrol confirmed the suspension of movement across the border, noting that traffic is being redirected to the Galati Rutier border crossing.

9 mins ago

Russia attacks Odessa with drones, leaving at least two injured and damage to port infrastructure

By Olga Voitovych

Oleh Kiper gives an interview in Odessa on August 16. (Photo: Kyodo News/Getty Images/File)

Russia launched a drone strike on Ukraine's Odessa region for two hours early Tuesday, according to Oleh Kiper, head of the Odessa regional military administration.

"For two hours, Russian terrorists attacked the Odessa region with drones," Kiper said in a post on Telegram.

He also said Ukraine's air defense forces worked "extremely hard" and shot down most of the drones.

Kiper added that the drone strikes hit port infrastructure in Odessa's Izmail district and also left two men wounded.

The two victims were truck drivers, one who received medical assistance at the scene and the other who was hospitalized with a "serious arm injury," according to Kiper.

The drone strikes damaged a border crossing, warehouses and about 30 trucks. Six of the trucks caught fire, but firefighters later extinguished them, Kiper said.

46 mins ago

Zelensky thanks the US after the arrival of Abrams tanks in Ukraine. This is the latest

U.S. soldiers operate an M1A1 Abrams while conducting amphibious assault training during the Bull Run training exercise in Bemowo Piskie, Poland, Nov. 25, 2022. (Photo: Sgt. Matthew A. Foster/U.S. Army National Guard)

U.S. Abrams tanks have arrived in Ukraine and are "preparing to reinforce our brigades," President Volodymyr Zelensky said Monday.

"I am grateful to our allies for fulfilling the agreements! We are looking for new contracts and expanding the geography of supply," Zelensky said in a statement carried by Telegram.

The Pentagon confirmed that the first batch, which includes 31 Abrams tanks, had arrived in Ukraine. The armored capability adds a powerful ground component to Ukrainian troops, who have already endured more than a year and a half of war.

These are the latest events of the war:

  • Attacks in the Black Sea: Russian ships continue to launch attacks on Ukraine following the alleged death of the commander of Moscow's Black Sea Fleet on Friday, in one of Kyiv's boldest attacks so far in occupied Crimea, a Ukrainian navy spokesman said. However, the spokesman said the Russian strikes are being launched "by inertia," and claimed that the alleged death of Admiral Viktor Sokolov and 33 other officers had plunged the Black Sea Fleet into chaos. CNN has reached out to the Russian Defense Ministry for comment.
  • Attacks in Odessa: Russian strikes killed at least two people and caused "significant damage" in Odessa, Ukrainian authorities said Monday. Moscow's forces have repeatedly attacked the southern port following the failure of the Black Sea grain deal in July.
  • Kherson bombing: Russian strikes also killed at least six people and wounded five others in the southern Kherson region on Monday, Ukrainian authorities said. Only a quarter of the population remains in the town of Beryslav as civilians evacuate following heavy Russian bombardment, according to authorities.
  • Ukrainian attacks: Russian forces thwarted Ukrainian missile and drone attacks on Crimea and regions bordering Ukraine on Monday, officials said. Air defenses shot down four Ukrainian drones over the western Kursk region and seven drones over the neighboring Belgorod region, the Russian Defense Ministry and regional officials said. Russian forces also thwarted a missile attack on Sevastopol, Crimea's largest city, according to the ministry.
  • UN accuses Russia: There is "continuing evidence" that Russian forces are committing war crimes in Ukraine, the United Nations Human Rights Council has said. The council alleged that the attacks in Ukraine include "unlawful attacks with explosive weapons, attacks that harm civilians, torture, sexual and gender-based violence, and attacks on energy infrastructure."

17 mins ago

Russia claims it countered several attacks in Kursk and Belgorod regions

By Mariya Knight

Russian forces claimed to have thwarted Ukrainian missile and drone attacks on several regions on Monday, officials said.

Moscow's air defenses shot down four Ukrainian drone strikes over the Kursk region and seven drone strikes over the Belgorod region, the Russian Defense Ministry and regional officials said.

Russian forces also halted a missile attack on Sevastopol, according to the Defense Ministry.

Officials in the area reported no damage or significant casualties.

Mikhail Razvozhaev, the Russian-appointed governor of Sevastopol, said "air defense forces shot down a missile" in the area of the Belbek military airfield in Sevastopol, without elaborating.

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