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Russian forces hit an infrastructure facility in Odesa region with a Kh-31P supersonic air defense missile launched from the Black Sea, injuring three people, the Southern Command reported on the evening of November 5. The impact caused damage to the administrative buildings and surrounding houses.
According to the military, Russia’s priority in the area is to impede the movement of civilian ships.
The Ukrainian Air Force first warned of a missile moving in the direction of Odessa around 9:00 p.m. A message followed that several groups of Iranian-designed Shahed drones were flying in the direction of southern Ukraine.
“The first Shahed group is moving along the Ukrainian-Moldovan border in the northwest. The second group is located north of Odessa, moving north. Three more groups are approaching Odessa from the Black Sea,” the Air Force of Ukraine informed in Telegram. at 10 p.m.
Russian forces have repeatedly attacked Ukraine’s Black Sea port infrastructure since Kiev launched a grain export corridor in September. The move followed Russia’s withdrawal from the Black Sea Grain Initiative, which had previously allowed Ukraine to export agricultural products during the full-scale invasion.
Photos published by local media showed windows with glass shattered by the shock waves. Authorities and local media reported that Ukrainian air defenses were active in the region.
A Russian drone and missile attack on Odessa on the night of November 5 caused significant damage to the Odessa Museum of Fine Arts, Mayor Hennadiy Trukhanov told Suspilne.
The attack caused multiple explosions, five people were taken to the hospital with shrapnel wounds, Oleh Kiper, the governor of Odesa region, reported in “Telegram”.
Russian attacks on the city have damaged many of Odessa’s historic sites since the full-scale invasion began in February 2022. The city’s Museum of Fine Arts houses over 10,000 works of art. His galleries are located in the Potocki Palace, one of the oldest palaces in the city.
UNESCO condemned the repeated attacks on Odessa’s cultural heritage sites and added the city to its list of World Heritage Sites in Danger Zones in 2023.