The United States and Ukraine accused Russia of attacking Odessa the day after the signing of an agreement to allow grain exports

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U.S. and Ukrainian authorities on Saturday accused Russian forces of attacking the port city of Odessa a day after deal was signed to ensure the safe passage of grain exports.

“The enemy attacked the Odessa seaport with Kalibr cruise missiles. Two missiles were shot down by air defense forces. Two hit the infrastructure of the port, ”said Sergey Bratchuk, head of the Odessa Regional Military Directorate, on Telegram.

It is not clear at this time if anyone was hurt as a result of the strikes.

Ukraine said Russia fired rockets at the port of Odessa on Saturday, July 23, 2022, after agreeing to allow grain exports the day before.

Ukraine said Russia fired rockets at the port of Odessa on Saturday, July 23, 2022, after agreeing to allow grain exports the day before.
(Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine)

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U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink condemned the attack and called it “outrageous.”

“Russia struck the port city of Odessa less than 24 hours after the signing of an agreement to allow the supply of agricultural products for export,” she wrote on Twitter. ” The Kremlin continues to arm food. Russia must be held accountable.”

Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko said that “Russia will bear full responsibility for the global food crisis.”

“It took Russia less than 24 hours to launch a missile attack on the Odessa port, breaking its promises and undermining its obligations to the UN and Turkey under the Istanbul Agreement,” he said.

Russian Navy ships moored in Sevastopol Bay on March 4, 2014.  Russian forces surrounded Ukrainian military bases in Crimea.

Russian Navy ships moored in Sevastopol Bay on March 4, 2014. Russian forces surrounded Ukrainian military bases in Crimea.
(Photo credit: VICTOR DRACHEV/AFP via Getty Images)

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Officials from RussiaUkraine, Turkey and the United Nations on Friday signed an agreement allowing merchant ships to carry urgently needed food items across the Black Sea amid the global food crisis.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres called the deal “an agreement for the whole world” as developing countries grapple with food shortages and hunger after a five-month blockade of Black Sea ports.

Guterres spoke little about the details of the agreement, but said that three Ukrainian ports, including Odessa, Chornomorsk and Yuzhny, would be open to “significant volumes” of food exports.

But on Saturday, a UN spokesman told Fox News Digital: “The Secretary General unequivocally condemns reports of today’s strikes in the Ukrainian port of Odessa.”

“All parties have made clear commitments on the world stage to ensure the safe movement of Ukrainian grain and related products to world markets. These products are urgently needed,” the representative added. “Full implementation by the Russian Federation, Ukraine and Turkey is mandatory.”

Details of the preliminary agreement suggest that the treaty would require Russian President Vladimir Putin to promise to honor the ceasefire so that Ukrainian naval ships will escort merchant ships.

Ukrainian ships will guide merchant ships, first combing mined waters on their way to the Turkish Bosphorus.

But while officials welcomed the talks, some questioned whether Russia would indeed abide by the terms of the deal.

Victoria Nuland, US undersecretary of state for political affairs at the State Department, welcomed the news on Friday but said: “It was because I think Russia ended up feeling the hot breath of global condemnation.”

“Now Russia has to actually implement this deal,” she said at the Aspen Security Forum.

Women stand next to a car as smoke rises in the background following a shelling in Odessa, Ukraine, Sunday, April 3, 2022.

Women stand next to a car as smoke rises in the background following a shelling in Odessa, Ukraine, Sunday, April 3, 2022.
(AP)

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And, speaking to Fox News Digital ahead of the deal signing on Friday, former Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) intelligence officer for Russian doctrine and strategy Rebecca Koffler said: “Even if the deal is signed, the Russians most likely won’t survive. to its proper implementation.”

“There is a reason why Putin, in addition to missiles, uses energy, and now food, as a weapon not only during the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, but also as part of Russia’s broader geopolitical and security strategy,” she added. “Russia will use this deal as leverage to try to win concessions from the West. This is Putin’s standard scenario.”

Turkey has yet to publicly comment on the strikes.