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Seafarer killed in Russian missile strike on bulk carrier KMAX Ruler in port of Odesa

One dead and two crew injured in Russian assault on Liberia-flagged bulker, Ukraine Infrastructure Ministry says

A pilot has been killed and two crew were injured after a Russian missile hit the Liberia-flagged bulk carrier KMAX Ruler in the Black Sea

A UKRAINIAN pilot has been killed and at least two seafarers were injured after a Russian missile reportedly hit the Liberia-flagged bulk carrier KMAX Ruler (IMO: 9436642) in the Black Sea.

The strike was part of an attack on port infrastructure in Odesa, Ukraine's infrastructure minister Oleksander Kubrakov said on X, formerly Twitter.

The injured crew are citizens of the Philippines, and were not seriously injured.

According to Lloyd’s List Intelligence data, the vessel last pinged its location at 0400 hrs UTC near Romania’s Sulina port in the Black Sea, with its Automatic Identification System signalling its destination as port Yuzhnyy in Odesa Oblast.

Kubrakov said it was the 21st Russian attack on port infrastructure in Odesa since it left the Black Sea Grain Initiative in July.

Update: A previous version of this story stated that three crew were injured and that they and the pilot were Filipino. It also stated that the vessel was carrying iron ore based on Kubrakov's post, but it later emerged the vessel appeared to have been hit while mooring.

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