Bangladeshi freighter hit in Ukraine, crew member killed – shipowner

DHAKA, March 3 (Reuters) – A missile or bomb hit a Bangladeshi cargo ship in Ukraine’s Black Sea port of Olvia, killing one of its crew, and efforts were underway to save the others from the vessel, its owner said. Thursday.

“The ship was attacked and an engineer was killed,” Pijush Dutta, chief executive of Bangladesh Shipping Corp, told Reuters. “It was not clear if it was a bomb or a missile or which side launched the attack. The other 28 crew members are unharmed,” he said, without providing further details.

The Banglar Samriddhi, flying the flag of Bangladesh, had been stuck in the port of Olvia since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24 and was hit by a missile on Wednesday evening, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said on Thursday. Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh.

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In the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, the Russian embassy said in an English statement on its Facebook page that the circumstances of the incident were “being established”.

“We express our deep condolences to the near and dear ones of the deceased. The Russian side is making every effort to ensure the safe departure of the Bangladeshi vessel from the port,” he said.

Videos on social media showed crew members asking for help after the ship was hit.

In a video, the ship’s second engineer said the ship was hit by a rocket with a crewmate already dead.

“We have no power supply. Backup generator power supply is working. We are about to die. We haven’t been rescued yet. Please save us,” he said. said the sailor.

In another video, another crew member called Asiful Islam Asif said, “Please save us.”

Dutta of Bangladesh Shipping Corp said he was aware of the videos, declining further comment.

Many shipping companies have suspended crossings to affected Black Sea ports and other terminals in Ukraine as travel insurance premiums have soared in recent days. At least three commercial vessels have been hit by projectiles since February 24. read more

Moscow called its actions in Ukraine a “special operation”.

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Reporting by Ruma Paul in Dhaka and Jonathan Saul in London Editing by Mark Heinrich

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