Russia initially denied to Turkey that it was involved in the strikes on the port of Odessa.
The spokeswoman for Russian diplomacy said on Sunday that Russian missiles had destroyed military infrastructure the day before in the port of Odessa, vital for the export of Ukrainian cereals.
Kalibr missiles destroyed military infrastructure in the port of Odessa with a high-precision strike, wrote Maria Zakharova on her Telegram account, in response to a statement by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky saying that these strikes destroyed the possibility a dialogue or an agreement with Moscow.
According to Ms. Zakharova, these missiles notably destroyed a Ukrainian military launch. She did not elaborate or provide any evidence.
After the firing on Odessa, Ukraine accused Vladimir Putin of “spitting at the face” of the UN and Turkey and jeopardize the application of the agreement signed on Friday on the resumption of grain exports blocked by the conflict.
On Saturday, Russia had however denied to Turkey having been involved in these strikes: The Russians told us that they had absolutely nothing to do with this attack and that & #x27;they were looking into the matter very closely, assured Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar.
According to Kiev, two missiles hit the port territory of Odessa , and two others were shot down by anti-aircraft defenses before reaching their target.
The agreement signed on Friday in Istanbul between Russia and Ukraine provides in particular for the establishment of secure corridors to allow the movement in the Black Sea of merchant ships, which Moscow and Kiev undertake not to attack, according to a United Nations official.
It should make it possible to export 20 to 25 million tonnes of grain blocked in Ukraine and thus reduce the risk of a global food crisis .