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Russian drones threaten key Danube ports – DW – 08/16/2023

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A large group of Russian drones entered the mouth of the Danube River and headed towards the Izmail river port near the border with NATO-member Romania, Ukraine’s Air Force said on Wednesday.

In several posts on Telegram, the Ukrainian air force said Iranian-made drones that are operated Russian forces had entered the mouth of the Danube River.

Groups on social media reported hearing air defense systems firing in the region near two Danube ports: Izmail and Reni. 

Oleh Kiper, governor of the southwestern region of Odesa where the ports are located, directed residents in Izmail to take shelter around 1:30 a.m. local time (2230 UTC).

An hour after the initial message, Kiper cancelled the air raid alert.

Ukraine’s Danube ports previously accounted for a quarter of its grain exports before Russia pulled out of a deal brokered by the UN and Turkey.

Moscow went on to warn that it would treat any ships in parts of the Black Sea as hostile and blow them up. Since the broken deal, Russia has bombed several Ukrainian grain reserves. 

A Russian attack of the Izmail port earlier this month led to higher global food prices.

Ukraine exports grains to several developing nations including those in Africa, which will likely suffer food shortages without a solution.

mk/rs (Reuters, dpa, AP, AFP)

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