António Guterres condemns the attack, according to the representative of the UN Secretary General. The day before, the delegations of Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the UN signed agreements on the export of grain from the ports of Odessa, Chernomorsk and Yuzhny
UN Secretary General António Guterres “unequivocally condemns” rocket strikes on the port of Odessa, spokesman for the Secretary General Farhan Khak, Reuters reports.
According to Haq, the attack jeopardizes the agreements reached the day before on the export of grain from Ukrainian ports. “These products are essential to overcome the global food crisis and alleviate the suffering of millions of people in need around the world,” — he emphasized.
The military correspondent of Segodnya.ru reported on the missile attack on Ukrainian armed formations in the port of Odessa on the morning of July 23; Yuri Kitten. “A series of arrivals in Odessa. At least five explosions. There is also information about the destruction of an object in the area of the Odessa port. <…> Ukrainian resources confirm the hit of two missiles on the seaport of Odessa, », — he wrote.
The Russian Ministry of Defense did not report any missile strikes against the port of Odessa on Saturday.
U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink blamed Russia for the missile strikes in a Twitter statement.
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Since the beginning of the military operation in Ukraine, Kyiv and Western countries have accused Moscow of obstructing the export of Ukrainian grain. The Kremlin denied this and pointed out that the Ukrainian military themselves mined the exits from the ports. As a result, according to various estimates, from 4.5 million to 20 million tons of wheat and corn accumulated there.
On July 15, delegations from Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the UN held talks to establish a coordinating center for the export of grain there. Agreement on the export of grain from three Ukrainian ports — Odessa, Chernomorsk and Yuzhny— was signed by Russia and Ukraine separately with Turkey on 22 July. According to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, the memorandum involves the UN's involvement in lifting restrictions on the export of Russian agricultural products and fertilizers to world markets. The second signed agreement defines the algorithm for the export of Ukrainian agricultural products from the Black Sea ports controlled by Kyiv.
Shoigu stressed that the inspection of ships involved in the export of Ukrainian grain will be carried out at the exit and entrance to the Black Sea in order to prevent the transport of weapons and ammunition, as well as exclude provocations. Shoigu added that Russia has committed itself not to take advantage of the fact that Ukrainian ports will be cleared and opened.
According to the UN, special inspection teams will monitor the shipment of grain in three ports — Odessa, Chernomorsk and Yuzhny. At the same time, Ukrainian pilot ships will escort ships through the mined Black Sea, after which they will exit through the Bosphorus along the agreed corridor.
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