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🔴 Live: Ukraine says 26 of 38 Russian drones downed overnight, Danube port hit

Russia attacked Ukraine with 38 drones overnight, Ukraine’s air force said Tuesday, adding that the grain-exporting Danube river port of Izmail was hit again. The latest drone attack came a day after Kyiv claimed it had killed the commander of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet in a missile strike in Crimea last week. Follow our live blog for the latest developments on the war in Ukraine. All times are Paris time (GMT+2).

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8:50am: Attack on Russian Black Sea Fleet aimed at thwarting Navy strikes on Ukraine

Ukraine says the missile strike that blasted the Crimean headquarters of Russia’s navy last week killed 34 officers, including the fleet commander.

While Kyiv has provided no evidence to support its claim, the brazen attack has struck at the heart of a naval force that plays a key role in bombing Ukraine and impeding its grain exports.

FRANCE 24’s Kyiv correspondent Gulliver Cragg has the details.

8:05am: Russian air strike damages Ukraine’s Izmail port

The overnight Russian air strike on Izmail’s grain exporting port has injured two people and damaged infrastructure, the governor of the Odesa region has said in a social media post.

A port building, storage facilities and more than 30 trucks and cars were damaged in the attack, which lasted more than two hours, Oleh Kiper said on the Telegram messaging app.

Separately, a Russian missile strike also damaged a local enterprise in the southern Ukrainian city of Kryvyi Rih, Mayor Oleksandr Vilkul said. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

7:15am: Ukraine says 26 of 38 Russian drones downed overnight

Russia attacked Ukraine with 38 drones overnight, Ukraine’s air force has said, adding that the grain-exporting Danube river port of Izmail was hit again.

“The launches of 38 Shahed-136/131 strike unmanned aerial vehicles” were recorded, the air force said on the messaging platform Telegram, adding that Ukrainian defence forces “destroyed 26”.

4:17am: Russia shoots down missile over Crimea

Russian air defences shot down a missile over Crimea late on Monday, said the Moscow-installed head of Sevastopol city in the Russian-annexed Black Sea peninsula.

Ukraine has targeted Crimea throughout Russia’s offensive but attacks on military installations there have recently intensified as Kyiv vows to recapture the peninsula, which Moscow annexed in 2014.

“Our military is repelling a missile attack. According to preliminary data, air defence shot down one missile near the Belbek airfield. Work continues,” Sevastopol governor Mikhail Razvozhayev said on the messaging platform Telegram.

Key developments from Monday, September 25:

Ukrainian officials claimed on Monday that Admiral Viktor Sokolov, the commander of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, was killed in last week’s attack targeting a meeting of the Russian Navy leadership in the Crimean city of Sevastopol.

The claim came as President Volodymyr Zelensky said his army has taken delivery of US Abrams battle tanks, boosting Kyiv’s forces in their slow-moving counteroffensive against Russian troops. 

Earlier, Ukraine said a Russian overnight strike had caused “significant damage” to port infrastructure in Odesa and destroyed some grain storage facilities.

Read yesterday’s live blog to see how the day’s events unfolded.

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(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP, and Reuters)

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