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Russian drone strikes on Odesa cut off ferry service to Romania

Romanian Border Police said ferries were anchored on the Romanian shores of the Danube in Isaccea due to the attacks on Ukraine.

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Russia struck the Black Sea region of Odesa for a second night in a row in a drone barrage that damaged a warehouse and injured two drivers in explosions that led to the suspension of ferry services between Romania and Ukraine, officials said on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, a senior Russian naval officer that Ukraine on Monday claimed to have killed in a missile strike was seen attending an online conference.

Video shot from the Romanian side of the Danube River showed rapid-fire bursts of Ukrainian anti-aircraft fire streaking through the night sky followed by two orange fireballs exploding near the port area. Photos showed burned-out frames of trucks.

Romanian Border Police said ferries were anchored on the Romanian shores of the Danube in Isaccea due to the attacks on Ukraine. Traffic was being redirected through Galati, a Romanian town upstream on the Danube.

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Firefighters in Izmail, Odesa, work to extinguish a fire after a Russian rocket attack (Odesa Region Administration via AP/PA)

Ukraine’s air force said it downed 26 of 38 drones launched by Russia overnight.

On Monday, Ukraine claimed without evidence that its missile strike on the Crimean headquarters of Russia’s navy last week killed 34 officers, including fleet commander Admiral Viktor Sokolov.

Russia did not comment on that report, but on Tuesday Mr Sokolov was seen among other senior officers attending a video conference with Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu.

At least nine civilians were killed in Ukraine and 15 people were injured over the past 24 hours, the presidential office reported, though some of those deaths were also reported on Monday.

Russian artillery damaged homes, a school, a market and a food processing plant in the southern city of Kherson that is near the front lines of the war, officials said.

In fighting in the Zaporizhzhia region in the southeast, the Russian army dropped five aerial bombs on Robotyne, a town Ukraine took in August in its slow-moving counteroffensive.

Although neither side has released casualty figures, the counteroffensive is believed to have taken a heavy toll on both sides and it has been devastating to the towns and villages where fighting has raged.

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Houses and armoured vehicle destroyed during the fighting between Russian and Ukrainian armed forces in recently liberated Klishchiivka, Donetsk region (Alex Babenko/AP/PA)

The footage shot two days ago shows the village in ruins with destroyed Russian tanks and military vehicles littering the main road. Barely a building remains intact in the village that was once home to almost 400 people.

Ukraine recaptured the village on September 17 after months of fighting, the Ukrainian military said, two days after it said it won back neighbouring Andriivka.

Both are tiny towns but were considered tactically important for Ukrainian forces as they extend gains around Bakhmut, six miles (10km) to the north.

The commanding heights of the village offer a view into the Russian-occupied town of Bakhmut and opens up new opportunities for Ukrainian forces to encircle the town.

It also potentially allows Ukrainians a better view of Russian logistic lines.

In other developments, responding to news that American-made Abrams tanks had arrived in Ukraine and that the US would be sending an unspecified number of long-range ATACMS missiles, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said they would have no impact on the battlefield.

Dmitry Medvedev, the deputy head of Russia’s Security Council who often takes a harder line, said the moves would push Nato closer to a direct conflict with Russia.

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