A day after signing the deal with the United Nations, Ukraine accused Russia of launching a missile attack on the port of Odessa, where millions of tons of food were trapped.
“The enemy attacked the Odessa sea port with Kalibr cruise missiles. Two missiles were intercepted by the air defense system, and the other two hit the port’s infrastructure,” Odessa regional representative Sergi Blacuk said on social media today said in a statement.
Odessa, an important Black Sea port, has about 20 million tons of grain stuck in warehouses due to hostilities.chief Russia and Ukraine Accusing the other side of laying mines to block the Black Sea, resulting in the stagnation of food exports.
Attacks come a day after Ukraine and Russia sign protocol Brokered by Turkey and backed by the United Nations, it allows millions of tons of food to be exported from Black Sea ports.
“The missile attack was the result of Russian President Vladimir Putin throwing cold water on UN Secretary-General António Guterres and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in order to reach an agreement,” a Ukrainian foreign ministry spokesman said. The agreement was a huge effort,” said Ukrainian diplomat Oleg Nikolayenko. “If the deal is not implemented, Russia will take full responsibility for exacerbating the global food crisis.”
The Ukrainian foreign ministry also called on the United Nations and Turkey to ensure that Russia fulfills its commitments under the agreement on a safe corridor for grain exports from Ukrainian ports on the Black Sea.
Russia has yet to comment on the information.
The agreement, signed on July 22, will create a team of Turkish, Ukrainian and U.N. personnel to oversee the loading of ships before Ukrainian ports pass through designated routes in the Black Sea, U.N. officials said.
Ukrainian navigators with maps will guide grain ships through coastal minefields. The cargo ship will then sail to the Bosphorus under the close supervision of the Joint Coordination Centre in Istanbul, which includes representatives from the United Nations, Ukraine, Russia and Turkey.
The Joint Coordination Center will inspect cargo ships bound for Ukraine to receive grain to ensure they are not carrying weapons or other items that could be used to attack Ukraine.
Russia and Ukraine also agreed not to attack any cargo ships or ports involved in the initiative to transport essential grains, while monitors from the United Nations and Turkey will delineate protected areas in Ukrainian ports under the agreement.
Before the signing ceremony, Ukrainian presidential aide Mikhailo Podoljak announced that the country had signed a food export agreement with Turkey and the United Nations, rather than directly with Russia. Podoljak said Russia had signed a similar deal with the intermediary.
Podoljak also warned that Ukraine would “respond militarily to any provocation by Russia,” without specifying how. The Ukrainian presidential aide also announced that the country would not allow ships with Russian representatives to enter grain export ports.
Rising global food prices and heightened fears of hunger, especially in the world’s poorest countries, have blamed weak grain exports.
Ukraine and Russia are major global suppliers of wheat, and Ukraine is also an important producer of corn and sunflower oil. Farmers in both countries are harvesting the 2022 wheat crop. July to November is usually the busiest time for traders to transport new crop grains for export.
Russia has denied exacerbating the food crisis, citing Western sanctions on Moscow’s exports of commodities and fertilizers, and Ukraine’s laying of landmines along its coast. Odessa. At the same time, Kyiv accused Moscow of deploying warships to blockade the area, preventing ships carrying grain from entering the port.
Xuanle (follow AFP, Reuters)