Early on Wednesday, a drone from Russia attacked Odesa, a port city in southern Ukraine, but no deaths were immediately reported, according to police.
According to a statement posted on Telegram by Yuriy Kruk, the commander of the Odesa district military administration, “the enemy carried out an attack by UAVs of the Shahed-136 type on the Odesa region during the night.”
Although some civilian infrastructure was hit, according to Kruk, the Ukrainian air defences had killed the majority of the invading drones.
“Preliminary reports indicate there were no casualties. Units of the State Emergency Service and other structures are working on the scene, and measures are being taken to suppress the fire.
The Shahed-136 is a small Iranian-made, self-detonating drone that can be programmed to fly automatically to a set of GPS coordinates with a payload of explosives.
Russia’s drone industry has been hit by international sanctions and a number have been shot down since the start of the war — prompting Moscow to import drones from Iran.
The Black Sea port of Odesa was a favourite holiday destination for many Ukrainians and Russians before President Vladimir Putin sent troops into Ukraine in February last year.
Since the start of the invasion, Odesa has been bombed several times by Russian forces. It was also hit by a drone attack two weeks ago that caused some damage.
In January, the United Nations cultural agency UNESCO designated the historic centre of Odesa a World Heritage in Danger site.
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