Kyiv says Russia hits grain infrastructure with strikes on Ukraine’s Odesa ports

Kyiv says Russia hits grain infrastructure with strikes on Ukraine’s Odesa ports

Ukraine has accused Russia of launching overnight strikes on its Black Sea ports, causing damage to grain export infrastructure. Despite the attacks, Ukraine remains determined to continue its grain exports. Russia’s attacks on the Odesa region for two consecutive nights came after it withdrew from a grain deal that allowed Ukrainian grain to pass through the Black Sea. In response, Ukraine is establishing a temporary shipping route to Romania. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy condemned the deliberate targeting of the grain deal infrastructure by Russian terrorists. The attacks resulted in civilian casualties and damage to various buildings and facilities. Videos released by the emergencies ministry showed the destruction caused by the strikes. Russia has not yet responded to the accusations.

Ukraine’s air force reported that Russia launched 63 missiles and drones across the country, mainly targeting infrastructure and military facilities in the Odesa region. However, Ukrainian air defenses were able to shoot down 37 of them. The Chornomorsk port, located southwest of Odesa, suffered significant damage to its grain export infrastructure, with 60,000 tons of grain destroyed. The Odesa military administration described the attacks as “very powerful” and characterized the night as “hellish.” Ukraine’s southern military command revealed that Russia used supersonic missiles, including the Kh-22, to target Odesa’s port infrastructure.

The Odesa region’s three ports were the only ones operating in Ukraine under the UN-brokered Black Sea Grain Initiative. This initiative aimed to ensure the continued export of Ukrainian grain, which is crucial for global supplies, despite the Russian blockade of Ukraine’s ports. In addition to the grain infrastructure, warehouses storing tobacco and fireworks were also hit in Odesa. The attacks extended beyond Odesa, with other areas in Ukraine, including Kyiv, being targeted by drones.

In Crimea, a fire broke out at a military training ground, leading to the evacuation of over 2,000 people. The cause of the blaze was not immediately known. Telegram channels linked to Russian security services and Ukrainian media suggested that an ammunition depot was on fire due to a Ukrainian air attack. Ukrainian forces have been engaged in a counteroffensive to push Russian forces out of its south and east regions. Heavy fighting has been reported in the Kharkiv region, with Russia claiming to have captured the Movchanove railway station.

The United Nations is exploring various ideas to facilitate the export of Ukrainian and Russian grain and fertilizer to global markets. The Black Sea deal, brokered by the UN and Turkey, was established to address the global food crisis exacerbated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Ukraine has informed the UN shipping agency that it is establishing a temporary shipping route to maintain grain shipments. This route will pass through the territorial waters and exclusive maritime economic zone of Romania. However, the Kremlin has warned that ships crossing the Black Sea without Russian guarantees could be in danger. Russia has expressed the possibility of returning to the grain deal but with certain demands regarding eased rules for its own food and fertilizer exports. Western countries view this as an attempt to leverage food supplies to weaken financial sanctions.

In conclusion, Ukraine has accused Russia of targeting its grain export infrastructure in overnight strikes. Despite the attacks, Ukraine remains committed to maintaining its grain exports. The situation has raised concerns about rising food prices and hunger in Africa and Asia. The UN is exploring options to facilitate grain exports from both Ukraine and Russia. The conflict between the two countries continues to escalate, with ongoing military operations and counteroffensives.

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