The governor of the region, Ole Kepper, said that Ukrainian forces shot down 17 Russian drones over the southern parts of the Odessa region. Many buildings are said to have been hit.
The governor wrote on Telegram: “In several settlements in the Ismail district, warehouses, production buildings, agricultural machinery, and industrial company equipment were damaged.”
It is not clear if anyone was injured.
Izmail is located on the Danube River, and has become an important export route for Ukrainian goods after Russia’s withdrawal from the grain agreement.
The drone attacks come ahead of Monday’s meeting on a grain deal between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sochi, Russia.
Meanwhile, Ukraine announced today, Monday, that its forces had made “limited progress” against Russian forces along the front line in the south.
– Ukrainian defense forces continue offensive operations in the Melitopol region. “Our forces have achieved success near Novodanilevka and Novobrokopyevka,” Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malgar said in a statement broadcast on state television.
The country has also recovered three square kilometers of land near Pashmut in the east, according to Malgar.
Russia’s defense ministry said on the Telegram app that overnight Russia claimed that two Ukrainian drones had been shot down, one over the Black Sea and the other in the Kursk region bordering Ukraine.
One of them was shot down near Crimea, which Russia has occupied since its annexation in 2014. Ukraine recently launched several attacks on Crimea.
On Friday, two Ukrainian drones damaged a building containing residences and government offices in a city in the Kursk region, according to the region’s governor.
Last weekend, Russia attacked the Odessa region of Ukraine, on the Black Sea coast, with drones. Among other things, a port on the Danube River, near neighboring Romania, was bombed.
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