Russia claims responsibility for missile attack on Ukrainian port city a day after agreeing to allow exports

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Russia claimed responsibility for the missile attack on port city of Odessa it came just a day after Russian officials allowed Ukraine to export grain from the city.

Ukrainian and Russian officials reached an agreement to allow exports from port cities like Odessa on Friday, only to have a missile strike the next day. US and Ukrainian officials immediately blamed Russia or committing a terrorist attack, but the country did not claim responsibility for it until Sunday.

Russian officials say the strike was only on Ukrainian military installations, including a warship. Ukraine has not released details about which targets were hit or how many casualties they suffered.

However, the granaries were not damaged in the attack, a Ukrainian spokesman told the Washington Post.

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Rescuers clear rubble on the spot after a Russian missile hit a residential building in Chasovoy Yar, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, July 10, 2022.

Rescuers clear rubble on the spot after a Russian missile hit a residential building in Chasovoy Yar, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, July 10, 2022.
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People watch as smoke rises in the air after shelling in Odessa, Ukraine on Sunday, April 3, 2022.  (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

People watch as smoke rises in the air after shelling in Odessa, Ukraine on Sunday, April 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
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U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink condemned the attack in a statement over the weekend.

“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.”

Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine has left the country, one of the world’s largest grain producers, unable to efficiently export its supplies, causing shortages in Africa and the Middle East.

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Odessa has been the target of repeated rocket attacks since the start of the Russian invasion in late February.