Russia launched two missile strikes and damaged a strategic bridge in Ukraine’s Odesa region, local officials said on Wednesday, an event that could affect Ukrainian plans to expand exports through Danube ports.
The bridge connects the Ukrainian mainland with part of the Odesa region near the mouth of the Danube.
The bridge over the Dniester estuary is part of the only fully Ukrainian-controlled railway route to the ports of Ukraine on the Danube, which Kyiv considered a promising route for export in a situation where Black Sea ports are blocked.
Ukraine, a major agricultural producer, used to export most of its goods through seaports, but since Russia’s invasion in February, it has been forced to export by train via its western border or via its small Danube ports.
The first attack was on Tuesday night, and as a result of a rocket hit, the bridge over the estuary was damaged, but it could be quickly restored, according to local officials.
The second blow was Wednesday morning and the condition of the bridge has not yet been reported.