Russian Missile Hits Liberian-Flagged Ship In Odesa, Ukraine’s Main Black Sea Port

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A Russian missile strike on the Ukrainian port of Odesa has reportedly hit a Liberian-flagged freighter, resulting in the death of a port worker and injuries to another person, as well as to three members of the ship’s crew, all of them Filipino nationals.

The ship was not named, nor was the country of its owners. According to Ukraine’s Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov, the ship was en route to China to deliver iron ore. The extent of the damage was not immediately disclosed.

In the southern city of Kherson, which lies across the Dnieper River from Russia-held territory, one civilian was killed and three were wounded in Russian firing on a residential area around midday Thursday, according to Interior Minister Ihor Klymenko.

Three other civilians were killed in Russian attacks over the past day, according to a summary from the presidential office.

In the Donetsk region, the Russian army shelled 11 towns and villages, killing two people in Toretsk and wounding one civilian in Chasiv Yar. In the neighboring Kharkiv region near Izium, a man was killed during artillery shelling.

In the south, one civilian was wounded during shelling of residential areas of Kherson, and another was wounded by a mine. In the area of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, Russians shelled Nikopol on the opposite bank of the Dnieper River, wounding a person and damaging infrastructure, power lines and fourteen houses.

Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, now the deputy head of the country’s national security council, said Thursday that the military has recruited 410,000 volunteer soldiers so far this year and is having a steady influx of those who want to join.

He added that the current combat situation allows Russia to spend more time on training newly recruited soldiers, charging that it contrasts with Ukraine having to rush new recruits to the front line.