On Wednesday, a Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister announced that Ukrainian troops have successfully reclaimed the previously occupied village of Urozine in the eastern region, as part of an ongoing counteroffensive.
Hannah Maliyar mentioned that the soldiers have managed to reinforce their positions near the border of the city, located approximately 100 km northeast of Donetsk.
At the same time, authorities reported that Russian attacks on the Ukrainian port of Danube River have caused damage to warehouses and grain silos. Andrey Yarmak, an aide to the president, referred to the port on the Romanian border as Rainey.
The Danube port has been a primary export hub for Ukrainian grains since Russia suspended the Black Sea grain initiative in July.
The Russian Ministry of Defense stated that three drones were downed in the Kaluga region in the southwest of Moscow on Wednesday morning. No injuries or damages were reported.
Russia has claimed to have downed several drones in recent months when they approached or came close to the capital. While Ukraine generally hasn’t taken responsibility for specific drone attacks, officials have indicated that Russia should anticipate an escalation of conflict in the region.
Ukraine says cargo ship using Black Sea corridor continued tensions
Amid the ongoing uncertainty about Russia’s response to ships of this kind, Ukraine announced on Wednesday that a cargo ship has entered and exited a Ukrainian port in the Black Sea, using a temporary corridor.
The vessel in question is named Joseph Shulte, sailing under the flag of Hong Kong.
According to a message by Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure Alexander Kubrakov on Telegram, “The first ship for civilian vessels to the Black Sea port continues along the designated temporary corridor.”
The Ukrainian Navy had declared this corridor on August 10th. Russia withdrew from the Black Sea grain initiative in July, which previously facilitated the export of Ukrainian agricultural commodities via sea routes. This had raised concerns about global food supplies.
Since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, cargo ships have faced challenges docking at various ports.
In July, Russia indicated that they would regard any ship heading to Ukraine as potentially carrying military equipment. Tensions escalated last Sunday when Moscow reported that one of its warships fired warning shots at a cargo ship in the Black Sea – a move Ukraine described as a “provocative” action.