Status: 07/24/2022 01:33
Ukrainian President Zelenskyy describes the shelling of the port of Odessa as an act of “blatant Russian barbarism” – and sees it as another reason to use heavy weapons. US Secretary of State Blinken also reacted strongly.
The US government has questioned Russia’s credibility regarding the attack on the port of Odessa. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Russia broke its commitments just a day after agreeing to export Ukrainian grain across the Black Sea. “This attack raises serious doubts about the credibility of Russia’s commitment to yesterday’s agreement.”
Blinken said the bombings undermined the work of the United Nations, Turkey and Ukraine to get essential food items to world markets. Russia bears the responsibility for the aggravation of the world food crisis. Moscow approved the grain export deal and now has a duty to fully implement it.
Selenskyj speaks of “Russian barbarism”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj found even clearer words, speaking of an act of “obvious Russian barbarism”. The attack is one more reason to give Ukraine the weapons “necessary for our victory”, the head of state said in his video message. He accuses Russia of having bombed the port of Odessa. The Kremlin rejects this, as Turkey announced after talks with the war party.
It is still unclear what the consequences of the attack will be for the grain agreement. The statements of the Ukrainian government are not very clear.
As Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov announced via Facebook that Ukraine was continuing its preparations to resume grain exports from its ports, Zelenskyy questioned the value of the grain deal with Russia. The attack proves one thing: “No matter what Russia says or promises, it will find ways not to carry it out,” Zelenskyy said in a video posted on Telegram.
“Spit in the Face”
According to the agreement brokered by UN Secretary-General António Guterres and Turkey and signed in Istanbul, Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry said it “is less than 24 hours before Russia launches a missile attack on the port of Odessa”. Russian President Vladimir Putin “spit in the face” at António Guterres and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who were so committed to the deal.
According to Ukrainian sources, two Russian missiles were intercepted by air defenses during the bombardment of Odessa, and two others hit the port. Port infrastructure was damaged.
Grain agreement signed on Friday
On Friday, Russia committed to an agreement that ships destined for export would be allowed to use a sea lane and not fire on them. The three ports concerned must therefore not be attacked. These include the export of millions of tons of cereals. The agreement provides that exports will be monitored by a control center in Istanbul.
The UN and the European Union condemned the bombardment. UN Secretary-General Guterres, who attended the signing on Friday, stressed that all parties had made clear commitments to ensuring the security of Ukrainian grain exports. “Full implementation by the Russian Federation, Ukraine and Turkey is imperative,” he said. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell wrote on Twitter that the bombing of the port shows “once again Russia’s utter disregard for international law and obligations”.
conflicting parties as a source
Information on the course of the war, shelling and casualties provided by official bodies of the Russian and Ukrainian parties to the conflict cannot be verified directly by an independent body in the current situation.