Russia attacks the port of Odessa and endangers the grain pact

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  • According to local authorities, two Russian missiles were intercepted by Ukrainian anti-aircraft forces and another two hit port facilities

  • António Guterres (UN ) and Josep Borrell (EU) have “unequivocally” condemned the attack.

Russia attacks the port of Odessa and endangers the cereals pact

The ‘cereal pact’ He is in danger of dying even before he is born. Barely 24 hours after Moscow and kyiv sealed an agreement to allow grain exports blocked by the war, the Government of Ukraine reported this Saturday of a missile attack perpetrated by Russia on the port of Odessa, one of the three piers indicated in the pact to release Ukrainian raw materials through the Black Sea.

In an official statement released on social networks, the kyiv executive pointed out that that two Kalibr cruise missiles had been shot down by the Ukrainian air defense forces. “Two others hit the port infrastructure,” as confirmed by Sergii Brachuk, a spokesman for the Odessa region.

Spit in the face

< p>The pact now threatened by the Moscow attack; had been reached on Friday under the auspices of United Nations and the Government of Ankara. For this reason, kyiv has accused Russia of “spitting in the face” of the UN and Turkey. “It is an attack by Vladimir Putin on the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, and the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan,” says the statement issued by the spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oleg Nikolenko, in which he points out that Russia should assume “full responsibility” if the export agreement is broken.

In this sense, the President of the Government of Ukraine,  Volodimir Zelenski, has declared that the Russian military action demonstrates that Moscow is wrong. he is looking for ways to break the grain export agreement. “This proves only one thing: no matter what Russia says and promises, it will find ways to renege on it”, the president lamented in a video posted on Telegram.

Russia attacks the port of Odessa and jeopardizes the cereals-pact

< p>The Russian bombardment of the port of Odessa has provoked a cascade of reproaches from the entire international community. The UN Secretary General, António Guterres, has condemned “Unequivocally” the attack, as confirmed by its spokesman, Farhan Haq, in a statement in which he stressed that the application of the agreement signed by the Russian Federation, Ukraine and Turkey is a guarantee. a “is imperative”

Scandal

For its part, the European Unionhas reacted in similar terms: “The EU strongly condemns the Russian missile attack on the Odessa seaport. Reaching a crucial goal for grain exports after the signing of the Istanbul agreements is particularly reprehensible” , has written this Saturday on his Twitter profile Josep Borrell. The high representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs has added that the attack “once again demonstrates the total contempt of Russia by law and international commitments”.

The US authorities have spoken about the bombing through the US ambassador to Ukraine, Bridget Brin, who has called the operation a “scandal” military. The diplomat has accused the Kremlin of “using food as a weapon” in a note published on her Twitter account in which she has recognized that “Russia must be held accountable” for the attack perpetrated.< /p>

Maritime Corridor

Despite the aggression suffered, Ukraine's infrastructure minister, Oleksandr Kubrakov, has confirmed that his country continues to prepare to release grain exports from its ports .

The agreement sponsored by Ankara and the United Nations contemplated a maritime corridor to alleviate the food crisiscaused by the Russian blockade of Ukrainian ports on the Black Sea. Specifically, it foresaw that cargo ships could export from three Ukrainian ports – those of Odesa, Pivdennyi and Chornomorsk – around 22 million tons of wheat, corn and other cereals that remain stored in silos.

< p>The agreement, signed in Turkey by the Russian Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu, and the Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister, Oleksandr Kubrakov,In the presence of Guterres, he committed both parties to suspend any attack against the ships or ports that participate in these exports.

African countries

These raw materials are expected as May water in several African countries. Precisely, the president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, and that of the Ivory Coast, Alassane Ouattara,They had celebrated in the last few hours the resumption of grain exports. “Our continued dependence on massive amounts of grain from that part of the world must be seen as a real risk and danger to the 1.3 billion people of African countries. Therefore, we must use this conflict as a wake-up call,” Ramaphosa said at a press conference in Pretoria.

The South African president had pointed out that the blockade of cereals in Ukrainian ports had forced African countries to rethink food supply due to high dependence on imports. For his part, Ouattara declared & gué; I was pleased to see that Russian President Vladimir Putin had agreed to sign the aforementioned agreement. “I also indicated to President Zelensky that I wanted the supply to become a priority for the African continent, due to the fragility of their economies and the social situation in many countries”, added the Ivorian president.

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