Ukraine’s air force said early on Sunday it had destroyed 22 Russian drones during an overnight attack on the southern Odesa region, though three other drones hit their targets, damaging port infrastructure and injuring at least two people. Follow our liveblog for the latest updates on the war in Ukraine. All times are Paris time (GMT+2).
5:15am: Two injured in Russian drone attack on Odesa port infrastructure
An attack by 25 drones launched by Russia in the early hours of Sunday hit and damaged port infrastructure in the Odesa region, injuring two civilians, Ukraine’s Air Force said on the Telegram messaging app.
Ukraine’s air defence systems shot down 22 of the Iranian-made Shahed drones, the Air Force said, adding that the attack lasted 3.5 hours.
Following the collapse in July of a United Nations-brokered deal allowing safe shipments from the Black Sea, Russia has ramped up attacks on Ukraine’s southern Odesa and Mykolaiv regions, home to ports and infrastructure that are vital for the shipment of grain.
Key developments from Saturday, September 2:
The Nobel Foundation said on Saturday that it was reversing its decision to invite ambassadors from Russia and Belarus to this year’s Nobel award ceremony in Stockholm, after the move sparked an angry backlash.
The news came as Russia said its forces had destroyed Ukrainian naval drones that were attempting to target the strategic Crimea bridge linking mainland Russia to the Ukrainian peninsula Moscow annexed in 2014.
Meanwhile, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said Kyiv’s troops were “moving forward” in their counteroffensive, rebuffing Western officials who argued that Ukrainian forces were gaining ground too slowly.
Read yesterday’s liveblog to see how the day’s events unfolded.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP and Reuters)