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Russia has claimed responsibility for a missile strike on the port city of Odessa, which occurred just a day after Russian officials agreed to allow Ukraine to export grain from the city.
Ukrainian and Russian officials reached an agreement to allow exports from port cities like Odessa on Friday, only for the missile attack that will occur the next day. US and Ukrainian officials immediately accused Russia of carrying out the attack, but the country did not claim responsibility until Sunday.
Russian officials say the attack only hit Ukrainian military targets, including a warship. Ukraine did not release details on which targets were hit or how many casualties they suffered.
Grain storage facilities were not affected by the attack, however, a Ukrainian spokesperson told the Washington Post.
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US Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink condemned the attack in a weekend statement.
“Russia hits the port city of Odesa less than 24 hours after signing an agreement to allow agricultural export shipments,” he tweeted. “The The Kremlin continues to arm food. Russia must be held accountable. “
The continued Russian invasion of Ukraine has left the country, one of the world’s leading producers of wheat, unable to effectively export its supply, causing shortages in Africa and the Middle East.
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Odessa has faced repeated missile attacks since the beginning of the Russian invasion in late February.