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Russia has struck the Ukrainian port of Odessa only a day after the 2 international...

Russia has struck the Ukrainian port of Odessa only a day after the 2 international locations signed a landmark deal to allow grain exports out of the war-torn country.

Two Russian cruise missiles hit the port’s infrastructure on Saturday, whereas Ukraine’s air defences introduced down two others missiles.

Odessa’s regional governor, Maksym Marchenko, stated an unspecified variety of individuals have been injured within the assault.

Russia has admitted accountability for the strike, saying the missiles “destroyed a navy infrastructure goal” on the port.

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky condemned Moscow’s actions and stated “the invaders can now not deceive anybody”.

And Ukrainian overseas ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko stated: “It took lower than 24 hours for Russia to launch a missile assault on Odesa’s port, breaking its guarantees and undermining its commitments earlier than the UN and Turkey beneath the Istanbul settlement.

“In case of non-fulfilment, Russia will bear full accountability for a worldwide meals disaster.”

The assault was additionally condemned within the UK, with overseas secretary Liz Truss branding it “completely appalling”.

“It’s completely appalling that solely a day after putting this deal, Vladimir Putin has launched a totally unwarranted assault on Odessa,” she stated.

“It exhibits that not a phrase he says might be trusted.”

The strike got here simply hours after Moscow and Kyiv signed a deal to permit grain exports to proceed by means of the Black Sea in a transfer the UN described as a “beacon of hope” for ending the worldwide meals disaster.

Below the deal signed on Friday, a path opened for vital volumes of economic meals to depart the ports of Odessa, Chernomorsk and Yuzhny.

A key factor of the deal was the settlement by each Russia and Ukraine that there could be no assaults on any of the vessels.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated the assault forged severe doubt on Russia’s dedication to the deal and warned of a deepening of the worldwide meals disaster.

“Russia should cease its aggression and totally implement the grain deal to which it has agreed,” he stated.

The US ambassador to Ukraine, Bridget Brink, additionally denounced the strike “outrageous” and accused the the Kremlin of “weaponising” meals.

“Russia should be held to account.”