ISTANBUL, Jan 25 (Reuters) – A Turkish-owned cargo ship was hit by a missile in the port of the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson, sparking a fire, video footage from the scene and maritime sources.
The missile hit the deck of the vessel named Tuzla on Tuesday, maritime safety firm Ambrey said, sparking the fire. Video footage showed flames filling the ship’s control room.
Reuters was able to confirm the location of the ships and buildings seen in the video, which matched files and satellite imagery of the area. Reuters was unable to independently confirm when the videos were taken.
The vessel, stranded in port since February 2022, was operated by Cayeli Shipping, which was unavailable for comment.
A maritime source said there were twelve Turkish ships trapped in Ukrainian ports, including Kherson, which are not covered by the UN-brokered Black Sea Grains Agreement.
“There was an attack last night, most likely at the port, and an explosive charge appears to have hit the ship. Turkish ships in Kherson are manned by a reduced crew, so there are no injuries or casualties,” he said. said the source. on condition of anonymity.
Reporting by Deniz Uyar, Can Sezer and Jonathan Saul; Editing by Vin Shahrestani
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