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.
“In the seaport in the city 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 supplied by the US to the Kyiv regime,” ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov stated at a every day briefing on Sunday.
“A Ukrainian army repair and upgrade plant has also been put out of order,” the ministry stated in an announcement 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 tackle Saturday night that the assault on Odesa – one in every of three designated export hubs beneath the deal – “destroyed the very possibility” 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 services had been hit. Turkey’s defence minister, nonetheless, stated he had had stories 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 had been ongoing.
“We continue technical preparations for the launch of exports of agricultural products from our ports,” Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov stated in a Facebook put up.
It was not instantly clear how the assault would have an effect on plans to renew delivery Ukrainian grain by sea in protected 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 may very well be out of reach.
“Yesterday’s strike indicates that it will definitely 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 subsequent 9 months, however it will 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 caused by the warfare in Ukraine that threatened meals safety across the globe.
The settlement, obtained by The Associated 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 japanese Donetsk area, one in every of 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 United Kingdom’s army on Sunday morning reported in its every day intelligence replace that Russia was making “minimal progress” in its ongoing Donbas offensive, which it stated remained small-scale and centered on the town of Bakhmut in Ukraine’s japanese Donetsk area.
The Ukrainian General Staff confirmed in its common replace that Russia was “conducting military operations to create conditions” 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 at the least 5 civilians had been wounded by Russian shells within the Black Sea port of Mykolaiv on Saturday evening and Sunday morning.
“Also, as a result of the scattering of munitions and their fragments, fires occurred in open areas in the city,” stated Vitaliy Kim, governor of the Mykolaiv area.