Russian defence ministry officers have stated that an assault on the port of Odesa – lower than a day after Russia and Ukraine signed an settlement on resuming grain shipments from the port – solely hit army targets.
“Within the seaport within the metropolis of Odesa, on the territory of a shipyard, sea-based high-precision long-range missiles destroyed a docked Ukrainian warship and a warehouse with Harpoon anti-ship missiles provided by the US to the Kyiv regime,” ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov stated at a each day briefing on Sunday.
“A Ukrainian military restore and improve plant has additionally been put out of order,” the ministry stated in a press release on Telegram.
Earlier on Sunday, Russia’s overseas ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stated Russian Kalibr missiles destroyed a Ukrainian “patrol boat” within the assault.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated in his nightly televised handle Saturday night that the assault on Odesa – one among three designated export hubs underneath the deal – “destroyed the very risk” of dialogue with Russia.
The Ukrainian army stated on Saturday that Moscow had attacked Odesa’s sea port with 4 cruise missiles, two of which had been shot down by Ukrainian air defences.
Command spokeswoman Nataliya Humenyuk stated that no grain storage amenities have been hit. Turkey’s defence minister, nevertheless, stated he had had studies from Ukrainian authorities that one missile struck a grain silo whereas one other landed close by, though neither affected loading at Odesa’s docks.
Grain shipments in query
Kyiv stated preparations to renew grain shipments have been ongoing.
“We proceed technical preparations for the launch of exports of agricultural merchandise from our ports,” Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov stated in a Fb publish.
It was not instantly clear how the assault would have an effect on plans to renew transport Ukrainian grain by sea in secure corridors out of three Ukrainian Black Sea ports: Odesa, Chernomorsk and Yuzhny.
The deal signed by Moscow and Kyiv on Friday was hailed as a diplomatic breakthrough that may assist curb hovering world meals costs by restoring Ukrainian grain shipments to pre-war ranges of 5 million tonnes a month.
Zelenskyy’s financial adviser warned on Sunday the assault on Odesa signalled that might be out of attain.
“Yesterday’s strike signifies that it’s going to positively not work like that,” Oleh Ustenko informed Ukrainian tv.
He stated Ukraine did have the capability to export 60 million tonnes of grain over the following 9 months, however it could take as much as 24 months if its ports couldn’t perform correctly.
Senior United Nations officers voiced hopes that the deal would finish a months-long standoff led to by the struggle in Ukraine that threatened meals safety across the globe.
The settlement, obtained by The Related Press, dedicated each Kyiv and Moscow to refraining from assaults on the three Black Sea ports.
Russian shelling in Ukraine’s south and east
Elsewhere on Sunday, Ukrainian authorities reported that Russian shelling continued to kill and injure civilians in Ukraine’s south and east.
The governor of the jap Donetsk area, one among two which make up Ukraine’s industrial heartland of the Donbas and a key focus of Russia’s offensive, stated that two civilians had been killed and two extra had been injured over the earlier 24 hours.
The UK’s army on Sunday morning reported in its each day intelligence replace that Russia was making “minimal progress” in its ongoing Donbas offensive, which it stated remained small-scale and targeted on town of Bakhmut in Ukraine’s jap Donetsk area.
The Ukrainian Basic Employees confirmed in its common replace that Russia was “conducting army operations to create circumstances” for an assault on Bakhmut, whereas firing on surrounding settlements and battling Ukrainian defenders for management of a close-by thermal plant.
In Ukraine’s south, regional officers stated that no less than 5 civilians have been wounded by Russian shells within the Black Sea port of Mykolaiv on Saturday evening and Sunday morning.
“Additionally, because of the scattering of munitions and their fragments, fires occurred in open areas within the metropolis,” stated Vitaliy Kim, governor of the Mykolaiv area.