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Russian missiles hit Odessa despite Ukrainian grain deal | War in Ukraine


Without reacting directly, Moscow denied any involvement in these strikes to Ankara.

The port of Odessa, where grain is processed for shipment, was bombed. We shot down two missiles, and two more missiles hit the territory of the port, where, obviously, there is grainsaid a spokesman for the Ukrainian Air Force.

A few people are injuredsaid the governor of the region, Maksym Marchenko, without specifying how much and evoking damaged port infrastructure.

The major port of Odessa is crucial for the resumption of Ukrainian grain exports.

With these strikes, the Russian President hasUNAntonio Guterres, and the Turkish President, Recep [Tayyip] Erdogan, who worked hard to reach this agreement”,”text”:”spit in the face of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Turkish President Recep [Tayyip] Erdogan, who have made enormous efforts to reach this agreement”}}”>spat in the face of the secretary general of theUNAntonio Guterres, and the Turkish President, Recep [Tayyip] Erdogan, who have made enormous efforts to reach this agreementcommented the spokesman of the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oleg Nikolenko.

President Volodymyr Zelensky then accused Moscow of systematically violating its commitments.: no matter what Russia says and promises, it will find ways not to implement it.”,”text”:”This only proves one thing: no matter what Russia says and promises, it will find ways not to apply it.”}}”>This only proves one thing: no matter what Russia says and promises, it will find ways not to implement it.

Antonio Guterres meanwhile sentenced unequivocally these attacks, emphasizing that full implementation of the agreement is imperative.

Hitting a crucial grain export target one day after the signing of the Istanbul Accords is particularly reprehensible and once again demonstrates Russia’s utter disregard for international law and commitments. »

A quote from Josep Borrell, head of diplomacy of the European Union

The head of British diplomacy for her part evoked an action completely unjustified. It shows you can’t trust a word of what it says Mr. Putin, added Liz Truss.

Immediately signed, immediately broken. The port of Odessa was the target of strikes by the Russian army, less than 24 hours after the agreement signed between kyiv and Moscow, to facilitate the export of Ukrainian cereals blocked by the war. President Volodymyr Zelensky accuses his Russian counterpart of violating the agreement. The Kremlin, for its part, denies any involvement in this attack, openly condemned by Washington and the major European capitals. Report by Danielle Kadjo

Russian denial

Russia, however, denied to Turkey that it had been involved. The Russians told us they had absolutely nothing to do with this attack and were looking into the matter very closely.assured the Turkish Minister of Defense, Hulusi Akar.

Central Ukraine was not spared either with a resumption of Russian bombing on Saturday, which killed three people.

Thirteen Russian cruise missiles fired from the sea fell near the town of Kropyvnytskyi, in the Kirovograd region, announced its governor, Andriy Raikovych, who said that railway infrastructure and a military airfield had been targeted.

Artillery fire also targeted Kharkiv, in the northeast, where a woman was injured, according to the Ukrainian presidency.

In Hungary, President Viktor Orban considers that only Russian-American talks can end the conflict, because Russia wants security guarantees that only Washington can provide.

A warehouse that contains tons of wheat.

Russia could benefit from the difficulties facing Ukrainian grain exports amid reports of targeted attacks on grain infrastructure by Russian forces.

Photo: Associated Press/Nariman El-Mofty

Before the announcement of the strikes on Odessa, the African Union had congratulated Saturday of the grain export agreement, welcoming an event welcome for the continent, which faces an increased risk of famine.

The agreement should make it possible to export 20 to 25 million tonnes of grain blocked in Ukraine.

Wheat prices stabilize

The invasion of Ukraine by Russia – two countries which notably provide 30% of world wheat exports – has led to a surge in cereal and oil prices, which has hit the African continent hard, which is very dependent on the two belligerents. for its supply.

This rise in prices has worsened the situation of countries already grappling with a food crisis, in particular in the Horn of Africa (Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti), which is experiencing its worst drought in 40 years.

The price of wheat fell on Friday after the agreement, returning to its pre-war price on the American market (Chicago), while on the European market (Euronext), it remained around 16% above the course of before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

The signing of this fiercely negotiated text under the auspices of the United Nations and Ankara took place in Istanbul in the presence of Mr. Guterres and President Erdogan.

The conditions are met for its application in the next few daysassured shortly after the Russian Minister of Defense, Sergei Shoigu.

Washington, which supports Ukraine, has made Moscow responsible for the success of the operation. It is now up to Russia to implement this agreement in a concrete waywarned the American diplomacy.

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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky speaks into a microphone in front of a grove.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky

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As of Friday evening, Ukraine had been circumspect.

It is now the responsibility of the United Nations to ensure compliance with the agreement, Mr. Zelensky had said, saying he expected provocations, attempts to discredit Ukrainian and international efforts.

The agreement fully corresponds to the interests of Ukrainehe was however pleased, adding that the Ukrainian military would continue to control% all port access”,”text”:”100% all port access”}}”>100% all port accesswhich Russia initially demanded to be cleared.

Secure corridors and absence of sanctions

The main measure is the creation of secure corridors in order to allow the circulation in the Black Sea of ​​merchant ships, which Moscow and kyiv undertake to do not attackexplained a United Nations official.

It will be valid fordays”,”text”:”120days”}}”>120 daystime to get out the millions of tonnes accumulated in the silos of Ukraine as a new harvest approaches.

The negotiators, however, gave up on clearing the Black Sea of ​​mines, mainly laid by the Ukrainians to protect their coasts.

As for the inspections of ships departing from and heading to Ukraine, demanded by Russia to prevent them from being used to transport weapons, they will take place in the ports of Istanbul.

Moscow has also obtained the guarantee that Western sanctions will not apply, either directly or indirectly, to exports of Russian fertilizers and cereals.

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