Shahed suicide drone strikes on port infrastructure in Odesa Oblast, injure two, ignite blaze

3 September, 11:44 AM
South of Ukraine was attacked by Shahed at night (archive photo) (Photo:REUTERS / Roman Petushkov)

South of Ukraine was attacked by Shahed at night (archive photo) (Photo:REUTERS / Roman Petushkov)

A Russian drone attack on port infrastructure in Odesa Oblast in the pre-dawn hours of Sept. 3 sparked a fire, with initial reports also indicating that two people were injured in the attack, national broadcaster Suspilne reported.

Once again, during the night, Russian forces targeted civilian infrastructure in the Podunav’ya District of Odesa Oblast, the report reads, quoting the press service of the Southern Defense Forces.

Ukrainian air defense forces successfully neutralized 22 Shahed-136 drones, the Ukrainian Air Force said later in its morning report.

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Firefighters promptly contained the blaze, but the two people were injured in the strike and had to be given immediate medical assistance, reports said.

Russian forces launched multiple drone groups from occupied Crimea and Russian territory towards the southern regions of Ukraine in the early hours of Sept. 3.

Earlier, a joint investigation by Protocol and the RZVRT YouTube channel reported that Russia is producing Iranian kamikaze drones in the special economic zone in Alabuga, Tatarstan.

UK intelligence has also reported that the aggressor has probably switched from receiving small shipments of Iranian UAVs by air to larger shipments by ship across the Caspian Sea.

Intelligence sources confirmed that the Russians are also working on launching domestic production of Shaheds, with Iranian support.

U.S. National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby said on June 9 that, according to U.S. intelligence, Iran was providing Russia with materials to build a drone manufacturing plant to ensure a steady supply of weapons for the war against Ukraine.

NV reported on June 12 that a Chinese-made part from 2023 was found in a downed Iranian kamikaze drone.

Vadym Skibitsky, a spokesman for the Ukrainian Defense Ministry’s Main Intelligence Directorate, or HUR, said on Aug. 29 that the HUR has been actively seeking the precise locations in Russia where Shahed kamikaze drones are being manufactured.

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