Drone strikes on Ukraine's Izmail damage port, grain silo

Russian strike targets a market in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region on September 6 (AFP)

Russian drone strikes have damaged port infrastructure, a grain silo and administrative buildings in the Izmail district of Ukraine's Odesa region, its governor, Oleh Kiper, said on Thursday.

Russia has stepped up attacks on Ukraine's grain export infrastructure amid talks on resumption of a Black Sea grain deal to allow unhindered exports of grain from Ukrainian ports.

One person was injured in the attack, the fourth on the key Danube river port in the last five days, Kiper said on the Telegram messaging app.

Ukraine's military reported shooting down 25 of the 33 drones it said were launched by Russia. Most were aimed at the Odesa region but some also targeted the northern area of Sumy, it added.

Russia quit the grain deal in July, a year after it was brokered by the UN and Turkey, saying its own food and fertiliser exports faced obstacles and insufficient Ukrainian grain was going to countries in need.

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