On Saturday morning, Odessa shuddered from the explosion – two Russian missiles hit the seaport.
As a result, a fire broke out in the pumping station. There was no hit in the grain storage, according to the latest data. Two rockets hit the port of Odessa the very next day after the signing in Turkey of an agreement on the conditions for the export of Ukrainian grain and security guarantees for ships.
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry called the strikes on the Odessa port a spit in the face of the President of the Russian Federation to the Turkish leader and the UN Secretary General. Volodymyr Zelensky suggested that the Russian Federation would find ways to fail to comply with the agreements reached in Istanbul. On the eve of the Ukrainian president said that the country is ready to export grain worth about 10 billion dollars.
Josep Borrell, head of European diplomacy, said the European Union strongly condemns Russia’s missile attacks on the Odessa seaport. He stressed that the strikes on the target, which plays an important role in the export of grain, immediately after the signing of the agreements, once again demonstrated Russia’s absolute disregard for international law and obligations.
Moscow, however, has yet to comment on the incident. And Hulusi Akar, the Turkish Minister of National Defense, said that Russia was not involved in the shelling of the Odessa port:
“In our contacts with Russia today, it was stated that she had nothing to do with the attack. They are thoroughly investigating the incident. We are concerned that this incident occurred immediately after the signing of the grain export agreement yesterday.”
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres stated the need for full implementation of obligations by all parties – the Russian Federation, Ukraine and Turkey – in order to overcome the global food crisis and alleviate the suffering of millions of people in need around the world.
The US ambassador in Kyiv said the Russian missile attack on the port of Odessa was “disgusting”, writes CNN Greeceand Russia must be held accountable. Bridget Brink tweeted: “The Kremlin continues to use food as a weapon. Russia must be held accountable.”