Russian missiles strike Odessa a day after a grain export deal was agreed

Serhi Brachuk, a spokesman for the Odessa military administration, said two missiles hit the port infrastructure and two were shot down. of ukraine air defense.

At least six explosions were heard in Odessa, according to Ukrainian parliament member Oleksey Goncharenko.

It comes a day after ministers from both Ukraine and Russia signed an agreement – brokered by the United Nations and Turkey in Istanbul – to allow grain exports from Ukrainian Black Sea ports to ease the global food crisis triggered by the war. for the purpose of doing.

“This is all you need to know about the “agreements” with the Russians. The explosion in the port of #Odessa. A day after the agreement with #Turkey and the #UN signed #Ukraine’s export of #grains under which #Russia has committed not to open the port,” Ukrainian parliament member Solomiya Bobrovska tweeted.

Brachuk has advised residents to stay in shelters as the air alert continues.

US Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget A. Brink called the Russian missile attack on Ukraine’s port city of Odessa “outrageous”, adding that the Kremlin continues to “weaponize” food and this should be taken into account.

Friday’s deal promised to unblock ports on the Black Sea to allow safe passage of grains and oilseeds – some Ukraine’s most important export.

Russia has so far blocked sea access to those ports, meaning millions of tons of Ukrainian grain have not been exported to the many countries that depend on it.

“Today, there is a lighthouse on the Black Sea. A ray of hope – a ray of possibility – a ray of relief – in a world that needs it more than ever,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Friday. The signing ceremony, which was attended by Ukrainian and Russian ministers.