US, Ukraine accuse Russia of striking Odesa day after signing deal to allow grain exports


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

“The enemy attacked Odesa seaport with Caliber cruise missiles. Two missiles were shot down by air defense forces. Two hit the port’s infrastructure facilities,” head of Odesa Regional Military Administration, Serhiy Bratchuk, said on Telegram. 

It is unclear at this time if anyone was hurt in the strikes. 

Ukraine said Russia fired missiles at Odesa's port Saturday, July 23, 2022, after agreeing to allow grain exports the previous day.

Ukraine said Russia fired missiles at Odesa’s port Saturday, July 23, 2022, after agreeing to allow grain exports the previous day.
(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 strikes the port city of Odesa less than 24 hours after signing an agreement to allow shipments of agricultural exports,” she said on Twitter. “The Kremlin continues to weaponize food. Russia must be held to account.”

Check back on this developing story. 

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