Attack on Odesa seaport undermines trust in agreements with Russia, says U.S.

24 July, 12:03 PM
Antony Blinken (Photo:Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS)

Antony Blinken (Photo:Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS)

U.S. State Department Secretary Antony Blinken denounced a Russia missile strike on an Odesa seaport on July 23, saying it undermines Russia’s credibility and commitment. 

The day after the signing of the agreement on the export of Ukrainian grain on July 23, Russia attacked the Odesa sea port with Kalibr missiles, two of which hit infrastructure facilities, while two more were shot down by air defense forces. 

As per the Ministry of Agrarian Policy, there was grain in the port that was being prepared for export. Operational Command “South” reported that the Russian missile did not hit the granary in the port. However, a pumping station was struck, which caused a minor fire that was soon extinguished. 

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine called Russia's strike on the Odesa port "Putin's spit in the face of [UN Secretary General António] Guterres and [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdoğan." The spokesman of the department, Oleh Nikolenko noted that the aggressor country took less than 24 hours to violate the agreements. 

The Russian strike was condemned by the leaders of the US and European countries, saying that Moscow showed its contempt for international law and obligations. Guterres' spokesman stated that the UN Secretary General "unequivocally condemns" reports of Russian missile strikes on the Odesa seaport. 

The Russian side, on the other hand, initially claimed that it had nothing to do with the missile attack on the Odesa port and was "studying this issue in detail." 

Later, on July 24, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova admitted that Russia had committed the attack, but maintained that it was a Ukrainian military boat that was struck, despite the fact that the missiles hit the port itself, and not a docked vessel.

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