Russian drone strikes targeted Ukraine’s critical Danube River port infrastructure, vital to Ukraine’s grain exports, injuring at least two people in the Odesa region. This incident came a day before scheduled talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan. The Danube has been a major grain export route for Ukraine since Russia withdrew from a grain deal that facilitated safe passage for Ukrainian exports. The Ukrainian Air Force reported that they successfully intercepted a majority of the drones involved in the attack.
- Russian drones targeted the Danube River port infrastructure in the Odesa region, a critical conduit for Ukrainian grain exports.
- The attack occurred a day before planned discussions between the leaders of Russia and Turkey, with Turkey aiming to resurrect the grain deal.
- The Ukrainian Air Force neutralized 22 out of the 25 Iranian-made drones launched by Russia during the attack.
- Russian Defense Ministry stated that they successfully targeted fuel depots at the Reni port, used by the Ukrainian military.
- The Black Sea grain deal, instituted in July 2022, was designed to counter a global food crisis, and its disruption previously led to skyrocketing global food prices.