A ship is seen burning after a missile strike in Kherson port, in Kherson, Ukraine. January 25, 2023 in this screen grab obtained from social media video. Ramal/via REUTERS

Turkish Cargo Ship Hit By Missile in Ukraine

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January 25, 2023

ISTANBUL, Jan 25 (Reuters) – A Turkish-owned general cargo ship was struck by a missile in the port of the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson, sparking a fire, according to video footage from the scene and shipping sources. 

The missile hit the bridge of the vessel named Tuzla on Tuesday, maritime security company Ambrey said, causing the fire. Video footage showed flames filling the command room of the ship.

Reuters was able to confirm the location from the ships and buildings seen in the video, which matched file and satellite imagery of the area. Reuters was not able to independently confirm the date the videos were filmed.

The ship, which has been stuck at the port since February 2022, was operated by CayeliShipping, which was not available for comment. 

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A shipping source said there are twelve Turkish ships trapped in Ukrainian ports, including in Kherson, that are not covered by the U.N.-brokered Black Sea grain deal.

“There has been an attack yesterday night, most probably to the port, and an explosive charge seems to have hit the ship. Turkish ships in Kherson are manned by a skeleton crew so there are no injuries or casualties,” the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity. 

(Reporting by Deniz Uyar, Can Sezer and Jonathan Saul; Editing by Vin Shahrestani)

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