Ukrainian officials say Russia fired six cruise missiles at the southern port city of Odessa, while the northern province of Sumy also suffered an airstrike.
Odessa provincial government spokesman Serhiy Bratchuk said Russian missiles hit the city of Odessa today, not long after several targets in the suburbs were hit by four cruise missiles. The Ukrainian military accused Russia of “not only destroying the province’s infrastructure, but also exerting psychological pressure on the people”.
Images of the scene showed black smoke billowing from several areas of the city. No casualties were reported after the bombardment.
Natalia Humeniuk, a spokeswoman for Ukraine’s Southern Operations Command, said four rockets hit a furniture factory in the civilian area. The remaining two missiles damaged an airstrip in the city.
The Russian Defense Ministry has not commented on the information. The agency previously announced the destruction of a large arsenal of American and European weapons near the Bohodukhiv train station in northeastern Kharkov province, as well as 18 military installations, including three ammunition depots near the city of Odessa.
The government of Sumy Province in northern Ukraine also confirmed today that two areas in Myropilske and Khotin were hit by Russian rockets. At least one border guard was killed, according to a statement by provincial governor Dmytro Zhyvytskyi.
The port city of Odessa has recently been subject to constant air raids by Russian forces. Russia’s Defense Ministry confirmed last week that it destroyed a newly built military airstrip in the city and hit an arms cache sent to Ukraine by the US and its allies.
The city is still blocked from the sea by the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet. The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) on May 6 called on all parties to reopen the seaport in Odessa to ensure global food security.
Surname (Corresponding CNN, Reuters, TASS)