Russian missiles hit Odessa a day after grain export deal was struck

Serhii Bratchuk, spokesman for Odessa’s military administration, said two missiles hit port infrastructure and two were shot down by Ukrainian air defense.

At least six explosions were heard in Odessa, according to Ukrainian MP Oleksiy Goncharenko.

It comes a day after Ukrainian and Russian ministers signed an agreement – brokered by the United Nations and Turkey in Istanbul – to allow grain exports from Ukraine’s Black Sea ports to ease the unleashed global food crisis. by war.

“This is all you need to know about the ‘agreements’ with the Russians. Explosions in the seaport of #Odessa. One day after the signing of the agreement with #Turkey and the #UN, the re-export of #grains from #Ukraine under which #Russia has pledged not to bomb the port,” Ukrainian MP Solomiia Bobrovska tweeted.

Brachuk advised residents to stay in shelters as air alerts continue.

US Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget A. Brink called the Russian missile strike on the Ukrainian port city of Odessa “scandalous”, saying the Kremlin continues to “arm” food and must be held to account.

“That’s all you need to know about the deals with Russia,” Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas tweeted. EU Foreign Affairs High Representative Josep Borrell said the bloc “strongly condemns” the attack.

“Hitting a crucial grain export target in the aftermath of the signing of the Istanbul Accords is particularly reprehensible and again demonstrates Russia’s utter disregard for international law and commitments,” Borrell wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

Friday’s deal promised to unblock Black Sea ports to allow the safe passage of grains and oilseeds – some of Ukraine’s most important exports.

Russia has so far blocked sea access to these ports, which means that millions of tonnes of Ukrainian grain have not been exported to the many countries that depend on it.

“Today there is a beacon on the Black Sea. A beacon of hope – a beacon of possibility – a beacon of relief – in a world that needs it more than ever,” the Secretary General of the UN, Antonio Guterres. the signing ceremony, which was attended by Ukrainian and Russian ministers.

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