Russian Defense Ministry Admits Its Missles Hit Odessa 俄國防部證實 飛彈襲擊烏克蘭敖德薩

The Ukrainian military had said Russian missiles hit the southern port of Odessa threatening a deal signed just one day earlier to unblock grain exports from Black Sea ports and ease global food shortages caused by the war. Meanwhile, the Russian foreign minister praised the Arab leaders' 'balanced' position on war in Ukraine during trip to Cairo, Egypt.

Residents of Odessa, Ukraine's port city on the Black Sea, first heard the news that Russia and Ukraine had signed a grain export agreement. They did not expect that a few hours later, they would be hearing the sound of missiles passing overhead. The Russian Ministry of Defense admitted the attack on the 24th.

Igor Konashenkov, Spokesperson, Russian Defense Ministry: “A docked Ukrainian warship and a warehouse with U.S.-supplied Harpoon anti-ship missiles were destroyed by long-range precision-guided naval missiles in Odesa seaport on the territory of a ship repair plant.”

The Ukrainian military said that Russian missiles attacked the southern port, threatening grain exports. The day before, under the coordination between the United Nations and Turkey, Russia and Ukraine signed an agreement to suspend attacks on the port and lift the blockade, so that 20 to 25 million tons of grain worth about US$10 billion can be exported. No one expected that missiles would be passing overhead after a few hours. Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who was visiting Cairo after the agreement was signed, assured Egypt on the 24th that the food order it placed with Russia would not be a problem. At the press conference after the meeting, Lavrov refuted the condemnation from many countries. 

Sergei Lavrovk, Russian Foreign Minister: “If you just take a look at the list of sanctions, yes food was exempted. But what was not exempted was the possibility for the Russian ships to call on the Mediterranean ports. What was not exempted was the possibility of foreign ships to call on the Russian ports to take grain and other food cargo. ”

85 percent of Egypt's wheat imports come from Russia and Ukraine. The country has been deeply impacted since the war started. Lavrov met with representatives of the Arab League and praised these countries for not choosing sides and being "balanced, fair, and responsible." 

Agence France-Presse reported that the United States has been trying to isolate Russia, but have not made major gains in the Arab world. Many countries, due to their high reliance on imported Ukrainian wheat, do not want to directly confront Moscow.










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