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Strikes on port of Odesa ‘spit in the face’ from Russia after grain deal

Within 24 hours of Russia and Ukraine signing a deal to reopen Black Sea ports for grain exports, a number of missiles were launched at Odesa.

“The enemy attacked Odesa sea-trade port with Kalibr cruise rockets,” stated Ukraine‘s military. Two more were also shot down, while two more hit “the infrastructure” of the port.

Russia‘s Ministry of Defense has not claimed responsibility for these attacks. They occurred following the signature of , a landmark agreement that was intended to prevent an international food shortage.

The foreign ministry of Ukraine claimed that the strikes were an insult to Turkey and the United Nations, which had just a day before reached the Istanbul agreement.

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Social media footage showed that at least one of the waterside buildings was set on fire near a container ship, with thick black smoke rising from the flames.

Bridget Brink (US ambassador to Ukraine), tweeted: “Outrageous. Russia attacked Odesa, a port city in Ukraine, less than 24 hours after it signed an agreement to allow agricultural exports. The Kremlin continues its weaponization of food. Russia must be held accountable.”

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UN secretary general Antonia guterres, who signed the agreement to open Odesa, Chornomorsk, and Yuzhne ports at a ceremony held in Istanbul, “unambiguously” condemned the strikes.

“These products are urgently needed to address the global hunger crisis and alleviate the suffering of millions around the world,” the statement said. The Russian Federation, Ukraine, and Turkey must implement these products fully,” the statement said.

Estonia’s prime Minister Kaja Kallas tweeted: “That’s all there is to know about Russian deals.”

Image: Ukraine’s most important maritime export is grain. File pic

These strikes are the result of a Russian Black Sea Fleet blockade of Ukrainian ports. This has caused a shortage in grain products and sent global prices skyrocketing.

Guterres stated that the agreement would benefit countries on the “edge of bankruptcy” and those most at risk of starvation when he signed it.

Recep Tayyip Erdan, Turkey’s President, stated that the agreement will reduce global food inflation as war has impacted “the whole humanity”.

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What’s the significance of the grain agreement?

Here’s a breakdown of this landmark deal:

* Objective The deal is designed to prevent famine by injecting more sunflower oil, wheat and fertilizer into the world’s markets.

* Time frame The deal is valid for 120-days and the United Nations expects that it will be renewed, unless the war has been ended by then.

* Safe passage The deal guarantees safe passage into and out of Odesa, and two other Ukrainian ports, in what an official called a “defacto ceasefire” for all the vessels and facilities covered.

* The JCC (JCC) will oversee all ship movements and inspections and determine if a vessel is in conflict with the agreed channels in Istanbul.

* Inspections– To address Russian concerns about Ukrainian ships delivering arms to Ukraine, all returned ships will be inspected in a Turkish port

* Insurance The United Nations spent over two months negotiating with ship insurers to assure that the plan was commercially viable.

According to MI6’s head, the strike and deal come at a time when Russia is “about run out of steam” with Ukraine.

Richard Moore stated that President Vladimir Putin‘s troops will have to “pause” because it is difficult to find additional troops and equipment to deploy to the frontline of eastern Ukraine in the coming weeks.

This will allow the Ukrainian military to “strikeback” in the “winnable war”, , as the UK spymaster claimed.

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