Attack On Port! Does The Grain Deal Matter?

A Russian cruise missile attack destroys a railway station in Kirovohrad Oblast, killing three people and injuring several others. Two Russian Kalibr cruise missiles hit Odesa’s port less than a day after a deal to export grain from Ukraine was signed between Russia and Ukraine. Initial reports indicate no related infrastructure damage.

The Russo-Ukrainian War is an ongoing war between Russia (together with pro-Russian separatist forces) and Ukraine. During the southern Ukraine offensive of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, the city of Odesa and the surrounding region have been the target of shelling and air strikes by Russian forces on multiple occasions since the conflict began, fired predominantly from Russian warships situated offshore in the Black Sea. The city has also been targeted by Russian cruise missiles. Russian missiles hit Ukraine’s Black Sea port of Odesa just hours after Moscow and Kyiv signed deals to allow grain exports to resume from there. Two Russian Kalibr cruise missiles hit the port’s infrastructure and Ukrainian air defenses brought down two others, the Ukrainian military’s Southern Command said. Odesa regional governor Maksym Marchenko said an unspecified number of people were injured in the attack.

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