One person was killed in Ukraine in Russian air strikes on grain storage infrastructure near the Danube River in the Odessa region overnight, local authorities said.
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Oleg Kipper, chairman of the Odessa Regional Military Administration, said the drone attack in the southwestern Ukrainian region lasted more than two hours. Most of the drones were shot down, but some managed to overcome air defenses, hitting a warehouse, grain storage and trucks.
One driver was killed.
Ukrainian ports on the Danube have become a key route for grain exports as Russia blocks the Black Sea after its full-scale invasion of the neighboring country in February last year. Moscow carried out a series of attacks on Ukraine's port infrastructure on the river in August and September after pulling out of the Black Sea grain deal in July, but there has been a lull in those attacks since.
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Ukrainian air defenses shot down 15 of the 18 Shahed drones that Russia sent overnight, the country's air force said.
The main targets of the attack were precisely the Odessa region, as well as the Khmelnytsky region in the west.
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