Fire suppressed at Odesa seaport struck by Russian missile

24 July, 01:25 PM
The Russian missile did not hit the grain warehouse in the Odesa port, the head of the Operational Command South press center said (Photo:REUTERS/Igor Tkachenko)

The Russian missile did not hit the grain warehouse in the Odesa port, the head of the Operational Command South press center said (Photo:REUTERS/Igor Tkachenko)

Natalia Humeniuk, press secretary for the Ukrainian military’s Operational Command South, confirmed that a fire broke out as a result of a Russian missile attack on the Odesa seaport on July 23, state broadcaster UA:PBC reported. The granary itself was not hit, she added.

According to Humeniuk, the fire was minor and was soon extinguished by rescuers. The shock wave damaged houses around the port, but as things stand, no injuries were reported from the attack. 

"Obviously, the enemy's goal was to hit the Odesa sea trade port,” she said. 

“There was no significant damage to the port infrastructure. A pumping station was hit.” 

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Russia attacked the Odesa seaport with Kalibr missiles on July 23. Two of them hit infrastructure facilities, while two more were shot down by air defense forces. 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine called Russia's attack on the Odesa port "Putin's [slap] in the face of Guterres and Erdogan." According to Foreign Ministry spokesperson Oleg Nikolenko, the aggressor country took less than 24 hours to violate the agreements. 

Ukraine, Russia, and Turkey signed an agreement proposed by the UN to unblock Ukrainian grain exports on July 22. It will allow for a partial blockade lift for three Ukrainian ports. 

The agreement concerns exports from the Ukrainian ports of Odesa, Chornomorsk and Pivdennyi. Control over the ports will remain with the Ukrainian side. No other ships, except those that will ensure the export of grain and related products, will be able to enter the ports. 

Inspection teams from all parties will be established in Turkey to examine cargo and personnel. Inspections will be carried out exclusively in the harbors, at the entrance and exit from the Turkish Straits. 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has noted that the movement of ships to Ukrainian ports will be able to resume in the coming days. Zelenskyy called the deal "a chance to prevent a catastrophe."

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