Ukrainian officials reported that Russia had begun air raids on the capital Kyiv and the port city of Odesa for a second night. There were also indications of attacks in the Crimean peninsula, which Russia has occupied.
Oleh Kiper, the governor of the Odesa region, said on social media in the early hours of Wednesday that air defense systems were working to fend off what was being called a “massive” Russian air attack and he asked people to remain in shelters.
According to Serhiy Bratchuk, a spokesman for the Odesa military administration, the strike was “very powerful, truly massive,” in a voice message posted on his Telegram channel on Wednesday.
He remarked, “It was a hellish night,” and added that information on the harm and casualties would be made public later.
In a video that appeared to be the aftermath of a Russian airstrike on Odesa, glass shards were seen on the street and a multi-story apartment building with multiple windows shot out.
According to Serhii Popko, the commander of the military administration for Kyiv, all Russian drones that had assaulted the city had been shot down, according to Ukrainian internet news.
“A challenging night of airstrikes for all of Ukraine… notably Odessa. However, the adversary did not completely forget about Kiev, according to Popko, who was quoted on Telegram.
He was quoted as saying that the Iranian-made Shahed drone attack by the Russians had been “to no avail” and that no casualties or infrastructure damage had yet been detected.
The United Nations warned that Moscow’s decision to withdraw from a deal authorizing the export of food from Ukraine’s Black Sea ports might lead to starvation throughout the world shortly after the Crimean Bridge was struck on Monday.
The Odesa military administration’s spokesperson, Bratchuk, claimed earlier on Wednesday morning that Russia’s attacks on the port city were intended to alarmed the international community and those who want to see the transfer of crucial grain supplies from Ukraine continue.
According to the RBC-Ukraine news agency, explosions were heard in the Krynychky military training grounds during an attack on Crimea as well.
On Wednesday, the Crimean Peninsula’s Kirovske district’s military training grounds reported a fire that had started there, according to the region’s newly created Moscow-installed governor. According to Sergei Aksyonov on Telegram, a fire there prompted the shutdown of the adjoining Tavrida Highway.
Additionally, early on Wednesday morning, Ukrainian online news reported that inhabitants of Sevastopol, the capital of the Crimean peninsula that Russia has occupied, had heard explosions in the port city where Russia’s Black Sea Fleet is headquartered. Additionally, online video allegedly depicted missile launches from Sevastopol.
There were no additional information or independent corroboration of the Sevastopol incidents.
Pro-Kremlin military blogs claimed that the strikes on Odesa were “massive” and that Moscow was targeting the city and surrounding areas with a combination of drones and missiles.
As “a mass revenge strike” in reaction to the attack on the Crimean Bridge, the Russian defense ministry claimed on Tuesday that it had struck military targets in two Ukrainian port cities overnight.