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It didn’t take a rocket scientist to predict this. 🙄 Why would anyone believe Putin or Russia? Fix the rail gauge, load the trucks, use barges on the Black Sea canal, Dniester river, etc., to get the grain out, unless they just want a sunken shipload of grain or worse. Hopefully Ukraine hasn’t removed its protective mines yet. Also, drop any starving “refugees” on the Russian or Crimean coast, or otherwise help them to get to Russia, like Russia has done to Europe. Turkey could help with that.

At least the Guardian is awake, unlike the UN:
Russian missiles strike Odesa port hours after grain export deal agreed“ By Peter Beaumont, the Guardian, 11.27 BST: “Barely twelve hours after Moscow signed a deal with the Ukraine to allow monitored grain exports from Ukraine’s southern ports, Russia targeted Ukraine’s main port of Odesa – through which grain shipments would take place – with cruise missile strikes.

The enemy attacked the Odesa sea trade port with Kalibr cruise missiles,” the Operational Command South wrote on Telegram app, raising new doubts about the viabiltiy of the deal which was intended to release some 20 million tonnes of grain to ward of famine in large parts of the developing world.

In one of the largest attacks on the city since the war began, the air strikes rattled buildings in the city centre and sent up a plume of smoke that was visible across the city.

On Odesa’s seafront, beachgoers applauded as the city’s air defences brought down two of four missiles, with the remaining two hitting the port. The attack on Odesa was one of a series of Russian strikes across Ukraine, with the city of Kropyvnytsky being hit by 13 missiles on Saturday morning.

The new attacks came hours after Moscow and Kyiv signed deals with the United Nations and Turkey that were intended to avert a global food crisis. The agreements clear the way for the shipment of millions of tons of Ukrainian grain and some Russian exports of grain and fertilizer held up by the war“. Excerpt courtesy of Guardian News & Media Ltd. https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2022/jul/23/russia-ukraine-war-kharkiv-hit-by-several-powerful-strikes-says-mayor-lithuania-lifts-kaliningrad-rail-ban-live

Guterres still sleeping in la-la land, both literally and metaphorically:
António Guterres & @antonioguterres • 12 h
Today’s agreement on facilitating unimpeded global access to Russian food
and fertilizers is a step forward in tackling the food crisis gripping the globe.
We must all work together to ensure its success
António Guterres V @antonioguterres • 17h
The Black Sea Grain Agreement signed today took immense effort &
commitment by all sides.
It must be fully implemented – because the world desperately needs it to
tackle the global food crisis.
The @UN will remain closely involved in working for the agreement’s
António Guterres & @antonioguterres • 21h
The agreement signed today by Ukraine, the Russian Federation & Türkiye
under UN auspices opens a path for commercial food exports from Ukraine
in the Black Sea.
It will help avoid a food shortage catastrophe for millions worldwide.
It is a beacon of hope, possibilitv & relief.

Russian missiles hit Odesa port
23.07.2022 13:00 https://www.ukrinform.net
The Russian invaders launched a missile strike on the Odesa sea port.
Serhiy Bratchuk, a spokesman of the Odesa regional governor, said in a Telegram post, referring to the Operational Command South. https://t.me/Bratchuk_Sergey/16040

“The enemy struck the Odesa Commercial Sea Port with Kalibr-type cruise missiles. Two missiles were shot down by air defense forces. Two hit the infrastructure facilities of the port,” he wrote.

As reported, following the quadrilateral meeting of Ukraine, Turkey, the UN and Russia in Istanbul on July 22, an agreement was signed to allow exports of grain and other foodstuffs from the ports of Ukraine.

The agreement was signed by Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov on behalf of Ukraine, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on behalf of the UN, and Defense Minister Hulusi Akar on behalf of Turkey.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu signed the agreement in the same format on behalf of Russia.

According to the agreements signed in Istanbul, it is planned to transport Ukrainian grain for export through the Ukrainian ports of Odesa, Pivdennyi and Chornomorsk. The resumption of agricultural exports from Ukrainian ports can bring $1 billion in foreign currency revenue every month. iyhttps://www.ukrinform.net/rubric-ato/3535226-russian-missiles-hit-odesa-port.html

“It took less than 24 hours”: the Ministry of Foreign Affairs hinted at the disruption of the grain agreement due to Russia’s attack on the port in Odesa

💬 “It took less than 24 hours for the Russian Federation to launch a missile attack on the territory of the port of Odesa to question the agreements and promises it made to the UN and Turkey in the document signed yesterday in Istanbul,” wrote Oleg Nikolenko, the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Facebook.

Nikolenko added that Ukraine emphasizes the need for strict implementation of agreements regarding the restoration of safe export of Ukrainian agricultural goods through the Black Sea from three ports: Odesa, Chornomorsk, and Yuzhnoye.

“We call on the UN and Turkey to ensure that Russia complies with its obligations within the framework of the safe functioning of the grain corridor. In case of failure to fulfill the agreements reached, Russia will bear full responsibility” https://t.me/s/Bratchuk_Sergey

Ambassador Bridget A. Brink @USAmbKyiv
Outrageous. Russia strikes the port city of Odesa less than 24 hours after signing an agreement to allow shipments of agricultural exports. The Kremlin continues to weaponize food. Russia must be held to account”, July 23, 2022. https://twitter.com/USAmbKyiv/status/1550783680939016192