Ukraine’s military said two Russian missiles hit the area of a grain pumping station in the Black Sea port of Odessa, the day after a deal was signed to cancel exports and ease global food shortages caused by the war.
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the missile strike showed that Moscow could not be trusted to implement the agreement. However, Ukrainian officials said the missiles did not cause significant damage and preparations continued for the resumption of grain exports.
* Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Oleg Nikolenko said: “The Russian missile is Vladimir Putin’s spit in the face of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who made great efforts to reach an agreement and for whom Ukraine is grateful.”
The Turkish defense minister said that Russian officials had told Ankara that Moscow had “nothing to do” with the Odessa strikes.
* Neither the statement of the Russian Defense Ministry nor the army’s evening summary on Saturday referred to any missile strike in Odessa. The ministry did not respond to a request for comment.
The United Nations, the European Union, the United States, Britain, Germany and Italy condemned the missile strikes.
* Ukraine’s Defense Ministry has urged citizens in and around the Russian-occupied southern city of Enerhoder, which has a nuclear power plant, to reveal where Moscow’s forces live and who among the residents is cooperating with Russian officials.
* Zelensky said in a video speech that Ukrainian forces are gradually moving to the eastern Kherson region, which Russia controlled at the beginning of the war.
The Russian-installed regional authority said a bridge in Kherson was hit by seven missiles from high-mobility artillery missile systems supplied by the West, but the bridge is still operating, Russia’s Tass news agency reported.
– The region’s governor said three people were killed when 13 Russian missiles hit a military air base and railway infrastructure in the central Ukraine’s Kirovohrad region.
Reuters was not immediately able to verify the battlefield reports.
* The European Union is seeking additional gas supplies from Nigeria as the bloc prepares for a possible cut in Russian supplies, a European Commission energy official said.
* Zelensky said Ukraine has about $10 billion worth of grain for sale following Friday’s deal and will also have a chance to sell the current crop.
* A number of insurance companies are interested in providing cover for grain shipments from Ukraine, although details need to be specified.