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Greek-owned ship was hit by a mine in the Black Sea - 3 crew members were injured

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The Greek-owned Panamanian-flagged ship "Vyssos", which was sailing to the Ukrainian port of Izmail to load grain, hit a mine in the Danube Delta, in the Black Sea.

The small explosion caused damage to the stern of the 8,800-dwt Greek-owned ship (built 2007).

See the photos from the site released by the Naval Defense Forces of Southern Ukraine:

According to the the Ministry of Shipping, as cited by Proto Thema, the 18 members of the ship's crew include the captain and the lieutenant who are Greek and have been slightly injured, while an Egyptian cook was also slightly injured.

The rest of the crew (Egyptians and Ukrainians) are in good health.

The Defense Forces of Southern Ukraine account on Telegram speaks of a fire on the deck and a breach caused in the ship by an "enemy mine " without, however, the information being confirmed.

In fact, the Ukrainians reported that the captain of the "Vyssos" managed to anchor the ship in the shallows to avoid sinking, while the Ukrainian forces sent tugboats to take it to port.

The same sources say that the Ukrainians sent doctors on board to check the condition of the injured, one of whom was taken to the nearest hospital for further examinations, without any danger to his life.

Meanwhile, as the Odessa Naval Guard told AFP, two civilian cargo ships were damaged by Russian mines earlier in December.

Ukraine has pushed back Russian warships in the western Black Sea to allow some cargo ships to enter and exit along a sea lane. However, the waters remain mined on a large scale.

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