Russian missiles slammed into the Ukrainian city of Odessa on Saturday, just a day after the signing of a deal allowing grain exports to flow from the Black Sea port.
At least two rockets landed in Ukraine’s third-largest city, damaging infrastructure at the port, while two others were shot down, CNN reported, citing a spokesman for the Odessa military administration.
The strike appeared to violate the UN-brokered deal between Russia and Ukraine, which was signed in Istanbul on Friday. Under the terms of the agreement, both countries would refrain from attacking ports or civilian grain carriers, according to a draft obtained by the Wall Street Journal.
“That’s all you need to know about ‘deals’ with the Russians. Explosions in #Odessa seaport. A day after signing the agreement with #Turkey and the #UN on the re-export of #grains from #Ukraine, #Russia has pledged not to bomb the port,” said Ukrainian MP Solomiia Bobrovska tweeted.
A grain store and a railroad car unloading point were reportedly destroyed in the blast.
“It took Russia less than 24 hours to launch a missile attack on the port of Odessa, breaking its promises and undermining its commitments to the UN and Türkiye under the Istanbul Accords. In case of non-compliance, Russia bears full responsibility for the global food crisis,” said Foreign Ministry Spokesman Oleg Nikolenko said in a tweet after the attack.
In addition to Odessa, long-range Russian missiles hit a military airport and train station deep behind the front lines. Andriy Raikovych, head of the country’s Kirovohrad region, said the strikes had left at least three dead and 13 wounded.
Ukrainians are turning to US-made military equipment to turn the tide.
“Many Thanks [President Biden] for the new defense assistance package for Ukraine. Critical, powerful weapons will save the lives of our soldiers and accelerate our country’s liberation from the Russian aggressor. I appreciate the strategic friendship between our nations. Together to victory!” said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in a tweet Saturday.
The latest package of military and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine includes four additional High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, also known as HIMARS, Defense Secretary Llyod Austin said on Wednesday. This brings the total number of HIMARS in the US-supplied country to 16.
https://nypost.com/2022/07/23/russia-strikes-odessa-ukraine-one-day-after-grain-deal/ Russia attacks Odessa, Ukraine, a day after the grain deal