The president of Ukraine has called the missile strike in Odesa “barbarism” and said Russia cannot be trusted to carry out the landmark agreement to resume grain exports to Black Sea ports.
Within 24 hours of the signing of the landmark agreement by Russia and Ukraine, Odesa was struck by a missile strike.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy, in his nightly address, described the “cynical attack” as “barbarism”, and said it was a blow to the political positions Russia itself.”
He said, “If anyone could still say that any kind of dialogue with Russia is necessary, then see what’s happening.”
“Today’s Russian Kalibr rockets have eliminated the possibility of such statements.” “The occupiers cannot deceive anyone anymore.”
During a meeting in Kyiv with US Congressmen, the president addressed the attack and said: “This proves only a single thing: Russia will find ways to not implement what it says and promises.”
The United Nations, United States, European Union, US, and UK condemned Saturday’s strikes, with Liz Truss, the UK’s prime ministerial hopeful, describing the attack “appalling.”
Although Moscow has not acknowledged or addressed the strikes, Turkey’s defense minister stated that Russian officials had told Ankara they had “nothing” to do with the Odesa attack.
Russia’s defense ministry did not respond to Reuters’ request for comment.
Delegates from Russia and Ukraine reached a deal Friday that would allow for grain exports to resume following their blockade by Vladimir Putin’s forces.
Representatives of both countries refused to sit at the same table. The display of flags was adjusted so they weren’t next to each other.
At the ceremony in Istanbul, the UN and Turkey also signed the deal. This raises hope that the Russian invasion will not exacerbate the international food crisis.
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Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General, called on Russia to implement the agreement that opens the door to significant volumes of commercial food exports from three key Ukrainian ports: Odesa and Chornomorsk.
Since Russia invaded its neighbor, the Black Sea Fleet has blocked supplies to all markets and caused grain prices to soar.