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Ukraine seeks to ship food grains this week despite attack on Odessa port

The agreement between Russia and Ukraine to allow the transport of food grains amid the crisis has been welcomed by nations around the world. With the supply chain suffering from the invasion, a number of countries faced food shortages and it looked like there would be respite after nearly five months of constant conflict. However, the attack on the port of Odessa again heightened tensions between the two countries. Ukraine has criticized the attacks, but believes it will be able to resume grain exports under the deal reached this week.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky voiced his criticism of the attack calling it “barbarism” from their side. But the Russian Defense Ministry has denied any involvement.

After the attack, doubts were raised about Ukraine’s ability to meet its commitments, but a senior official said the first shipments were expected to leave this week.

“We believe that in the next 24 hours we will be ready to work to resume exports from our ports. We are talking about the port of Chornomorsk, it will be the first, then there will be Odessa, then the port of Pivdeny”, Deputy Infrastructure Minister Yuriy Vaskov said at a press conference.

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Ukrainian reports claimed that the Russian missiles targeted an attic near the port of Odessa, but the Kremlin made it clear that the attack was carried out with military targets in mind.

“They are in no way related to the infrastructure used for the export of grain. This should not affect – and will not affect – the start of shipments,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.