The latest updates on the war in Ukraine.
Ukraine claims to have killed more than 30 Russian officers
A missile attack on the Russian navy headquarters in Crimea last week killed 34 officers, including the fleet commander, Ukraine announced on Monday, although without providing evidence.
Ukrainian Special Operations Forces said on Telegram that they attacked the main headquarters building of Moscow’s Black Sea Fleet in the port city of Sevastopol on the annexed Crimean peninsula, wounding 105 people.
Euronews was unable to independently verify this claim, which is very different from what Russia has reported.
The Russian military initially said that a serviceman had died, but later claimed that the person had not died but was missing. Moscow has not provided any further updates.
Ukraine has increasingly attacked naval facilities in Crimea in recent weeks, as its summer counteroffensive slowly advances in the east and south.
Russian Black Sea Fleet under pressure – UK
In its update on the Ukraine war this morning, the UK Ministry of Defense said that attacks on the Russian Black Sea fleet in recent days and weeks have been “More damaging and more coordinated than so far in the war.“.
According to the ministry, the Russian Black Sea Fleet has faced “serious but localized” damage, not enough to prevent it from carrying out its primary mission, but enough to put it in defensive mode.
“Its ability to continue broader regional security patrols and enforce its de facto blockade of Ukrainian ports will be diminished,” the ministry said. “It is also likely to have a degraded ability to defend its assets at the port and perform routine maintenance.
“A dynamic and deep strike battle is being fought in the Black Sea. This is likely forcing Russia into a reactive posture while demonstrating that Ukraine’s military can undermine the Kremlin’s symbolic and strategic power projection from its port.” of warm waters in occupied Sevastopol”.
Russian drone attacks hit Ukraine overnight
Russia attacked Ukraine with 38 Iranian-made Shahed drones overnight, the Ukrainian Air Force said on Tuesday, claiming that Ukrainian air defenses destroyed 26 of the devices.
The Odessa region was one of the positions attacked overnight by Russian forces, who targeted the port of Izmail in particular.
The assault lasted two hours, regional governor Oleg Kiper wrote on Telegram, stating that “most of the drones” had been shot down.
“Unfortunately, the port infrastructure in the Izmail district was affected,” he explained, also regretting that two truck drivers were injured, one of whom was hospitalized.
The river port of Izmail, located on the Danube, bordering NATO member Romania, has become one of the main export routes for Ukrainian agricultural products to the Black Sea since the agreement that allowed Ukraine to freely transit its production.
Since then, Russian attacks have multiplied in the southern regions of Odessa and Mykolaïv.
This latest offensive comes after a Russian attack described as “massive” by Odessa authorities on Monday. The region was attacked by 19 Shahed drones and missiles, including two supersonic Onyx.
Also in the south, in the Kherson region, four people were injured after Russian attacks on Monday night, according to Governor Oleksandr Prokudin.