Russia fired 20 drones and five missiles into Ukraine on Wednesday, killing two people in the Black Sea region of Odessa, damaging port infrastructure and hitting a power plant in the northwest, officials said.

A truck driver and a security guard were killed in the southern Odessa region in the rocket attack, which damaged port warehouses, trucks and a civilian ship, regional governor Oleh Kiper said. A sailor was also wounded, he said.

The Odessa region is the central hub for Ukraine’s exports to the Black Sea region. These exports have been revived without Russia’s consent after Moscow withdrew last summer from a UN-brokered deal that allowed Kiev to export food during the war with Russia.

The region’s port facilities are regularly targeted by Moscow with long-range strikes. Russia, which launched its full-scale invasion in February 2022, has repeatedly denied targeting civilians or civilian infrastructure in Ukraine.

Separately, attack drones damaged an energy facility in the northwestern Rivne region, the national grid operator said. A fire that broke out has been located and no casualties have been reported, Governor Oleksandr Koval said.

The attack caused temporary power outages in the region, but no changes to planned outages were required, grid operator Ukrenergo said.

Ukraine has been forced to implement regular hours-long power cuts due to a shortage of power supplies, following significant damage to electricity supplies caused by Russian airstrikes since March.

Ukraine’s air force said in a statement that it shot down 14 of 20 drones over eight regions during the strike. It also prevented three of four Russian Kh-59/Kh-69 missiles from reaching their targets.

Donations poured in on July 9 to help rebuild Kiev’s main children’s hospital, as Ukraine mourned at least 40 deaths in a major Russian missile attack on the country the day before, including a key children’s hospital.

Reuters