Thick black smoke was seen rising over the port of Odessa, Ukraine, the following Sunday morning Russian strikes wiped out a fuel depot in the city so far with little fighting since the invasion of Russia on 24 February. Russian and the Ukrainian military confirmed the attack on their Telegram channels.
“This morning, high-precision surface-to-air and sea-based missiles destroyed an oil refinery and three fuel and lubricant storage facilities near the city of Odessa, from which fuel for group of Ukrainian troops in the direction of Mykolaiv,” the Russian military said in a statement on Telegram.
Odessa Mayor Hennadii Trukhanov confirmed the hit and said no one was killed. “Today the occupiers attacked Odessa’s critical infrastructure objects with missiles,” he said in a televised statement published on Ukrainian media channels, according to CNN. “There is fire, there is smoke. Fortunately, there were no human casualties. Only buildings were damaged. The situation is under control”.
As the Russian army continued to retreat, regroup, and re-equip, they left behind a terrible carnage of people. Ukraine’s Defense Ministry posted on Twitter horrifying photos showing dead nude women, some of them burned, along a road outside Kyiv where Russian troops were stationed. Mass graves and corpses with gunshot wounds to the void were also left behind.
The war, now in its second month, shows no signs of ending anytime soon, thanks in part to fierce resistance by Ukraine, with Western support of money, war machines and ammunition. On Sunday, the British Ministry of Defense welcomed Ukraine’s efforts, saying they greatly hampered the capabilities of the Russian air force. “Russia’s inability to find and destroy its air defense systems severely hampered its efforts to gain broad control of the air, thereby significantly affecting its ability to support attacks. ground forces on several fronts,” they wrote on Twitter.
However, no one has claimed responsibility for a strike on a fuel depot in Belogrodon Russian territory, after the Russian military blamed Ukraine for the first cross-border attack if confirmed.