3 Filipino seafarers hurt in missile strike near Ukrainian port

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MANILA, Philippines, Nov 9, (Agencies): Three Filipinos aboard a civilian vessel in the Black Sea sustained injuries when it was struck by a missile reportedly launched by Russia, according to Ukrainian officials. Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Undersecretary Eduardo Jose de Vega confirmed on Thursday, Nov. 9, that the Filipino victims are now out of danger, with one treated in a Ukrainian hospital, and the other two receiving onboard treatment.

The injured individuals included an engine trainee with a fractured left hand, a captain with minor injuries, and a third mate with minor injuries as well. Ukrainian officials revealed that the Liberian-flagged KMAX RULER vessel, carrying Filipino seafarers and iron ore destined for China, was hit by a Russian missile while entering a Black Sea port in Ukraine’s Odesa region on Wednesday.

According to De Vega, this incident marks the 21st targeted attack by Russia since leaving the Black Sea Grain Initiative, causing damage to over 160 infrastructure facilities, including 122 vehicles, branding Russia as a “terrorist country.”

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