By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora
MANILA – Three Filipinos are confirmed wounded after a suspected Russian missile hit a civilian vessel in the Black Sea, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Thursday.
Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Eduardo Jose de Vega, in a text message, said the three are now “out of danger” and are being treated at a hospital in Odessa, Ukraine.
One of them fractured his left hand, while the captain and the third mate sustained minor injuries and are now under treatment.
“All next of kin are notified that they are out of harm’s way. They are in a hospital in Odessa,” he said.
De Vega said the DFA is also verifying reports that a fourth Filipino seafarer suffered minor injuries and is at a hospital.
Meanwhile, he said one Ukrainian national died in the strike but said there is “no confirmation” as of yet on where the missile came from.
A Reuters report citing Ukrainian officials on Wednesday said a Russian missile damaged a Liberia-flagged civilian vessel entering a Black Sea port in Odessa.
The alleged missile reportedly struck the vessel “at the moment of its entry into the port”. (PNA)