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

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

Ukraine has accused Russia of launching missile strikes on its Black Sea ports, targeting grain export infrastructure. The attacks occurred for the second consecutive night and were described as “hellish” by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. The Ukrainian official stated that Russia deliberately targeted the infrastructure of the grain deal, causing damage to grains terminals, industrial facilities, warehouses, shopping malls, residential and administrative buildings, and cars. The Prosecutor General’s office reported that 10 civilians, including a 9-year-old boy, were wounded in the strikes. Ukraine’s air force confirmed that 63 missiles and drones were launched by Russia across the country, with 37 of them being shot down by air defenses. The Chornomorsk port in Odesa was heavily damaged, resulting in the destruction of 60,000 tons of grain. Despite the attacks, Ukraine remains determined to continue its grain shipments.

Russia’s decision to attack the Odesa region came after it withdrew from a grain deal that allowed the safe passage of Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea. The attacks were seen as a mass revenge strike for a blast that damaged Russia’s bridge to Crimea, which it annexed from Ukraine in 2014. The Russian strikes targeted infrastructure and military facilities in Odesa, including supersonic missiles that caused significant damage to the port infrastructure. The Odesa region’s three ports were the only ones operating in Ukraine under the UN-brokered Black Sea Grain Initiative, which aimed to facilitate Ukrainian grain exports despite the Russian blockade of Ukraine’s ports. Despite Russia’s withdrawal from the initiative, Ukraine remains committed to keeping its grain exports moving.

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, but there were reports of an ammunition depot being on fire after a Ukrainian overnight air attack. Ukrainian forces launched a counteroffensive to push Russian forces out of its south and east, where they have fortified their positions. Heavy fighting was reported in Ukraine’s northeastern Kharkiv region, with Russia capturing the Movchanove railway station. Ukraine’s military general staff claimed to have captured Russian positions around Bakhmut city further south.

The United Nations is working on ideas to ensure the continued export of Ukrainian and Russian grain and fertilizer to global markets. The Black Sea deal, brokered by the UN and Turkey, aimed to address the global food crisis exacerbated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The withdrawal of Russia from the deal has raised concerns about rising food prices and hunger in Africa and Asia. Ukraine remains committed to global food security and is exploring options to fulfill its commitments on food supply. Russia has stated that it could return to the grain deal if its demands for eased export rules are met. Western countries view this as an attempt to use food supplies as leverage to weaken financial sanctions.

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