One woman was injured and port infrastructure was damaged in a Russian overnight missile and drone attack, the governor of Ukraine’s southern Odesa region said Monday, while Russian officials reported a drone attack on the Tula region north of Moscow. Follow our live blog for the latest developments on the war in Ukraine. All times are Paris time (GMT+2).
Issued on: 25/09/2023 – 06:58
6:05am: EU commissioner says China’s position on Ukraine war ‘affecting country’s image’
China’s stance on the Russian war in Ukraine is affecting the country’s image, the European Union trade commissioner has warned, saying Beijing’s refusal to condemn the invasion poses a “reputational risk”.
China has sought to position itself as a neutral party in the Ukraine conflict, while offering Moscow a vital diplomatic and financial lifeline as its international isolation deepens. The two countries frequently tout their “no limits” partnership and economic and military cooperation.
“Territorial integrity has always been a key principle for China in international diplomacy. Russia’s war is a blatant breach of this principle,” Valdis Dombrovskis said in a speech in the Chinese capital.
“So it’s very difficult for us to understand China’s stance on Russia’s war against Ukraine, as it breaches China’s own fundamental principles,” he added.
5:30am: Kyiv says missile attack on Odesa injures one, damages infrastructure
One woman was injured and port infrastructure was damaged in a Russian overnight missile and drone attack, Oleh Kiper, governor of the Odesa region in southern Ukraine, has said.
A fire broke out in a non-residential high-rise in the city of Odesa, the administrative centre of the Odesa region, as a result of the attack, but was promptly extinguished, Kiper wrote on the Telegram messaging app.
The scale of the attack and the full extent of the damage were not immediately known.
12:25am: Russia says Tula region targeted in drone attack
Russia’s air defence systems were engaged in repelling a drone attack over the Tula region that borders Moscow’s region to its north, Russia’s RIA news agency reported early on Monday.
Citing the ministry of regional security, the agency reported that according to preliminary information, there was no damage or injuries as a result of the attack.
Two of Moscow’s major airports, however, the Vnukovo and Domedovo, limited air traffic, directing flights to other airports, the TASS state news agency reported.
Key developments from Sunday, September 24:
A second shipment of Ukrainian wheat reached Turkey via the Black Sea on Sunday, according to maritime traffic monitoring sites, despite Russian threats to attack boats heading to or from its neighbour and enemy.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Sunday he met leading American entrepreneurs and financiers during a visit this week to the United States, where investment opportunities in Ukraine were discussed.
Read yesterday’s liveblog to see how the day’s events unfolded.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP, and Reuters)