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The Ukrainian government reiterates that it will continue the Istanbul Protocol despite the bombing
MADRID, July 23 (EUROPA PRESS) –
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said that Russia’s rocket attack on the port of Odessa on Saturday shows Moscow is looking for ways to pull out of the grain export deal signed just a day earlier with the United Nations, Turkey and Ukraine.
“This only proves one thing: no matter what Russia says and promises, it will find ways to break it,” Zelenskyy complained in a video posted on Telegram after the condemnations of the last few hours, the European Union and the United States allowing Russia to decide on the incident .
Ukrainian authorities this Saturday denounced the impact of at least two rockets on the city’s port, one of those included in the agreement signed this Friday between Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the UN to Resume grain exports, essential to humanitarian aid and paralyzed by war right now.
Shortly before, the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine, Oleksandr Kubrakov, guaranteed that Ukraine will continue to fulfill the terms of the Istanbul Pact for the part that corresponds to them.
Although the Russian attack “demonstrates the real intentions of Moscow”, the minister assured that the bombings “will not stop the work of the Ukrainian authorities”. “We don’t trust Russia, but we trust our partners and allies, that’s why the initiative on safe transportation of grain and food from Ukrainian ports was signed with the UN and Turkey, not with Russia,” he recalled.
The United Nations agrees with the sentences
The United Nations has also “unequivocally” condemned the attack, according to Deputy Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Farhan Haq. “Yesterday, all parties made a clear commitment to the world to ensure the safe transportation of Ukrainian grain and related products,” he recalled.
“Millions of people around the world need these products to help alleviate the global food crisis and the suffering of affected populations. It is imperative that the Russian Federation, Ukraine and Turkey are fully compliant,” he added.