A civilian ship entering a port in the Black Sea region of Odesa has been hit by a Russian missile, injuring the ship’s crew and killing a harbor pilot.

“Continuing the terror on civilian shipping, the enemy insidiously fired a Kh-31P anti-radar missile in the direction of one of the ports of Odesa region from tactical aircraft in the Black Sea,” the Ukrainian military said.

“The missile hit the structure of a civilian vessel flying the Liberian flag as it was entering the port,” it added.

According to preliminary reports, a harbor pilot was killed and another port worker was injured.

Three crew members aboard the ship, citizens of the Philippines, were also injured with one of them being hospitalized.

Since a UN-brokered deal guaranteeing safe passage for civilian ships collapsed in July, both Kyiv and Moscow have ramped up military activity and attacks in the Black Sea.

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The collapse of the UN-backed grain export deal in July prompted Moscow to warn that any ships entering Ukrainian ports could be viewed as potential military targets.

Ukraine subsequently announced the launch of a new “humanitarian corridor” – a sea route for civilian ships – that avoids international waters. But Russia has continued to attack Ukraine’s grain-exporting ports and infrastructure.

The UN's Humanitarian Coordinator for Ukraine, Denise Brown, said in a statement: "I am outraged to learn of an attack yesterday on a civilian vessel as it was entering the Ukrainian Black Sea Port of Pivdennyi in Odesa, killing a port worker and injuring crew members. I share my condolences with the family of the killed port pilot and hope for the recovery of the injured.

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"The consequences of this brutal and relentless pattern of Russian attacks on port facilities are devasting for Ukraine's economy and the hundreds of millions of people facing hunger worldwide."

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Shawn Foubert
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This is an act of aggression against the Liberian people. Liberia should investigate and inquiry to Russian diplomat.

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