Russian strikes continue on Ukraine’s ports after Moscow warns ships

Russian strikes continue on Ukraine’s ports after Moscow warns ships

Russian strikes on Ukrainian port areas continued on Thursday, according to local authorities. This comes after Moscow issued a warning that ships heading to Ukraine’s Black Sea ports could be considered military targets. Concerns have also arisen over Russia potentially pulling out of a deal that has protected global shipments of Ukrainian grain. The Mykolaiv and Odesa regions reported around 20 people injured in the strikes.

As a result of Russia’s potential exit from the deal, Ukraine has announced the establishment of a temporary shipping route via Romania. This neighboring Black Sea country will help facilitate the unblocking of international shipping in the north-western part of the Black Sea. Vasyl Shkurakov, Ukraine’s acting minister for communities, territories, and infrastructure development, conveyed this information in a letter to the U.N.’s International Shipping Organization.

The impact of Russia’s actions on global food supplies is a growing concern. Both Ukraine and Russia are major grain exporters. In response to the situation, U.S. wheat futures experienced an 8.5% jump, the largest increase since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022.

Russia’s Defense Ministry has declared that ships traveling to Ukrainian ports will be considered parties to the conflict on Ukraine’s side. This announcement further escalates tensions in the region.

Following the departure of the last ship under the Black Sea Grain Initiative, Russia launched attacks on the Odesa region. The three ports in this region were the only ones operating in Ukraine under the grain deal. Ukrainian officials reported significant damage to grains terminals, industrial facilities, warehouses, shopping malls, residential and administrative buildings, and cars. Ukraine’s southern military command stated that Russia used supersonic missiles, including the Kh-22, to target Odesa’s port infrastructure.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy expressed his concerns about the impact of the attacks on food supplies. He revealed that approximately one million tonnes of food were stored in the attacked ports, which were intended for delivery to consumer countries in Africa and Asia. Zelenskiy also highlighted the destruction of 60,000 tonnes of agricultural products in a terminal that was targeted by Russian forces.

The strikes on Ukrainian ports have resulted in casualties. At least 18 people were wounded in the attack on the port city of Mykolaiv, while two individuals were hospitalized due to a strike causing a fire in Odesa. However, RushHourDaily could not independently verify these claims made by Ukrainian officials.

The United States has received information indicating that Russia laid additional sea mines near Ukrainian ports. U.S. officials believe this is part of a coordinated effort to justify attacks against civilian ships in the Black Sea and blame Ukraine for these incidents. The White House National Security Council spokesperson, Adam Hodge, made these statements. Russia has not yet responded to these allegations.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused Western countries of “perverting” the grain deal brokered by the United Nations and Turkey. The International Monetary Fund has warned that Russia’s exit from the deal could worsen global food insecurity and increase food prices, particularly in impoverished nations. Putin stated that Russia would return to the pact if its conditions were met, which involve easing export restrictions on food and fertilizers. Western countries view this as an attempt to leverage food supplies to weaken financial sanctions.

Fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces continues in eastern and southern Ukraine. Kyiv’s counteroffensive aims to reclaim territory occupied by Russian forces, who have established a heavily fortified front line.

In response to the escalating conflict, the Pentagon has announced additional security assistance for Ukraine, totaling approximately $1.3 billion. This aid package includes air defense capabilities and munitions. Meanwhile, European Union foreign ministers are expected to discuss a proposal to provide up to 20 billion euros ($22 billion) in military aid to Ukraine over four years.

In conclusion, the ongoing Russian strikes on Ukrainian port areas, the potential disruption of global grain shipments, and the escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine have significant implications for food supplies and regional stability. The international community is closely monitoring the situation and taking steps to support Ukraine in its defense against Russian aggression.

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