Moscow assured Sunday that its strikes had destroyed the day before a Ukrainian military ship and missiles delivered by the United States in the port of Odessa, vital for the export of Ukrainian cereals.
High-precision, long-range missiles launched from the sea destroyed a docked Ukrainian military ship and a stockpile of Harpoon anti-ship missiles delivered by the United States to the kyiv regimesaid the Russian Ministry of Defense.
A factory for the repair and modernization of Ukrainian army ships was also put out of usecontinued the ministry in a statement posted on its Telegram account.
Earlier, the spokeswoman for Russian diplomacy, Maria Zakharova, had affirmed that a
military star Ukrainian had been destroyed during this strike.
Kalibr missiles destroyed military infrastructure of the port of Odessa with a high-precision strikeshe wrote on Telegram.
AFP was unable to confirm these announcements from an independent source.
After the shootings on Odessa, Ukraine accused Vladimir Putin of having “spit in the face” of the UN and Turkey and of compromising the application of the agreement signed on Friday on the resumption of grain exports blocked by the dispute.
On Saturday, Russia had however denied to Turkey that it had been involved in these strikes.
A spokesman for the Ukrainian Air Force claimed that
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.
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 is hitting the African continent hard.
Six months later, the bombardments continue
The war in Ukraine, which is entering its sixth month, knows no respite on the frontlines of Mykolaiv, in the Kharkiv region, the second largest city in the country, located in the northeast, in the Kherson region, and in the two pro-Russian separatist territories of Donetsk and Lugansk in eastern Ukraine, according to the Ukrainian presidency.
Mykolaiv was bombarded again on Sunday morning after being targeted on Saturday evening by four Kalibr-type cruise missileswhich injured five people, including a teenager, and damaged several buildings, according to this source.
The Ukrainian presidency also reported shelling in the Kharkiv region, where
several residential buildings were damaged and where residential buildings were set on fire.
In addition, kyiv reports a worrying situation in the Kherson region, largely occupied by Russian forces since their invasion of Ukraine on February 24, even if the Ukrainians are leading a counterattack there.
The Kherson region will be
definitely released of Russian forces by September, the adviser to the head of the Kherson regional military administration loyal to kyiv, Sergiy Khlan, assured on Sunday.
The Russians took control of Kherson on March 3. It was then the first major city to yield to Moscow’s offensive.
North Korea, which has just officially recognized two self-proclaimed pro-Russian separatist regions in eastern Ukraine, accused Washington on Sunday of manufacturing biological weapons in Ukraine, echoing an accusation already made by Russia and dismissed by the UN in March.
installed numerous biological laboratories in dozens of countries and regions, including Ukraine, in defiance of international treatieswrites the official North Korean news agency KCNA, referring to elements
detected by Russia.
Washington and kyiv refute the existence of laboratories intended to produce biological weapons in Ukraine. The United States fears that these allegations indicate an intention by Moscow to soon use such weapons in Ukraine.