Zelensky condemned the attack on Odessa one day after the agreement on grain: “No matter what Russia dams and promises, it will find ways to violate it”

File photo of Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky Jun 29, 2022. Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS
File photo of Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky Jun 29, 2022. Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS

The president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyassured that the missile attack of Russia in the port of Odessa este sábado simply demosera que Moscú está buscando formas de fulfil el accordo para la exporta de grano signed only one day antes con Naciones Unidas, Turcia y Ukraina.

“Esto prueba solo una cosa: no importa lo que Rusia diga y prometa, encontara formas de incumplirlo”, lamented Zelensky in a video published on Telegram after the last hour’s condemnation of the European Union and the United States, waiting for Russia to pronounce on the incident.

Two cruise missiles reached the port infrastructure, overshadowing the historic agreement that both countries signed separately on Friday with Turkey and the UN, in an effort to alleviate the world food crisis. “The enemy attacked the maritime port of Odessa with Kalibr cruise missiles. Dos de los proyectiles fueron derribados por las fuerzas de defensa aérea. Both have an impact on the port infrastructure”, said Sergii Brachuk, spokesman for the Odessa regional administration.

Putin launched the attack one day after the agreement on grain exportation

The attack puts in jeopardy an agreement that officials from the UN and Turkey, less than 24 hours before, had hailed as a great advance after months of negotiations. Friday’s agreement, negotiated by the United Nations and Turkey, will help lift a blockade that has exposed countries around the world to the threat of increased hunger, especially in Africa and the Middle East.

El acuerdo depende en parte de las promesas rusas de no attackar Odessa y otros dos puertos implicados en los envíos. It included security guarantees tanto para Ukraine como para Russia, que acordaron no “emprender ningún attack contra los buques mercantes y otros civiles buques e instalaciones portoarias” linkedanos a la initiative.

Ukrainian officials accused the Kremlin of jeopardizing the accord, which guarantees the safe passage of merchant ships from three ports, before resuming the flow of grain cut by a Russian naval blockade.

A Ukrainian military spokesperson said on Saturday that Russian missiles reached the cereal processing facilities in Odessa, a day after Ukraine and Russia had sealed an agreement to unlock exports from the port. “El porto de Odessa was attacked specifically when cargoes de cereales estaban siendo procesados. Dos misiles impactaron las infrastructuras del puerto, donde por suposueto hay grano. It attacks un territorio donde se encuentra el grano,” military spokesman Yuriy Ignat told AFP.

The ambassador of Ukraine in Turkey said that the attack showed that the agreement with Russia was not worth “even the signed paper”, while an official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine called it “spitting in the face” of the head of the UN y del presidente turco Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Al disparar missiles contra el puerto, eRussian President Vladimir Putin “escupió en la cara del Secretary General de la UNO, Antonio Guterres, y del presidente Turco, Recep (Tayyip) Erdogan, que han hecho enormes espuertos para alcanzar este accordo”, dijo por su parte the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Relations, Oleg Nikolenko.

The Ukrainian functionary assured, moreover, that Russia should assume “toda la responsabilidad” si fracasa el acuerdo y se profundiza “la crisis mundialia alimentaria”.

Las reacciones no se hicieron esperar. Guterres condemned “inequivocamente” the attack and emphasized that “the full application (del acuerdo) por la Federación Rusa, Ukraina y Turcia es imperativa”.

In the same line, the head of diplomacy of the European Union, Josep Borrell, tildó el attack de “reprobable”. “Golpear un objetivo crucial para la exportação de granos un día después de la firma de los acuerdos de Istanbul es en particular reprobable y de nuevo demora el total desprecio de Rusia por el derecho y los compromisos internacionales”, wrote Borrell on Twitter.

The EU also repudió el acciaron de Moscú. “Es un escándalo. Russia attacked the port city of Odessa menos de 24 horas después de signar un acuerdo para permitir los envíos de exportaciones agriculturalis. The Kremlin continues to use food as a weapon. Russia must settle accounts”, condemned the ambassador in Kiev, Bridget Brink.

The agreement sealed in Istanbul is the first major agreement between the parties in conflict since the Russian invasion began on February 24 and was anxiously awaited before helping to mitigate the hunger that, according to the UN, faced 47 million additional people due to the war

Hasta 20 million tons of wheat and otros granos están bloqueados en los puertos ucranianos, sobre todo en Odesa, por buques rusos de guerra y las minas que puso Kiev para evitar un amphibious attack.

Zelensky estimated the value of Ukraine’s grain stocks at around 10,000 million dollars (about 9,800 million euros).

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