World leaders slam Putin’s attack on Odesa following sea corridor deal

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs the supervisory board assembly of the presidential discussion board “Russia – Land of Opportunity” on the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia April 20, 2022.

Mikhail Tereshchenko | Sputnik | by way of Reuters

WASHINGTON – World leaders swiftly condemned the Russian missile strike on a Ukrainian port, a dramatic revelation amid a U.N.-brokered deal that secured a sea corridor for grains and different foodstuff exports.

A day prior, representatives from the U.N., Turkey, Russia and Ukraine signed an settlement to reopen three Ukrainian ports, an obvious breakthrough because the Kremlin’s warfare on its ex-Soviet neighbor marches into its fifth month.

The deal, signed in Istanbul and set to be applied within the subsequent few weeks, follows a months-long blockade of dozens of Ukrainian ports sprinkled alongside the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea.

The strike on Odesa, Ukraine’s largest port, illustrates one more anxious flip in fruitless efforts to mitigate a mounting international meals disaster.

A common view exhibits a fireplace engine at a scene of a burning constructing after a shelling, as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues in a location given as Odesa, Ukraine on this image obtained from social media launched on July 19, 2022.

State Emergency Service of Ukraine | Via Reuters

An adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy known as Russia “predictably worthless” on the heels of the attack.

“The ink has not had time to dry out, yet there are two vile provocations: attack on a seaport in Odesa and a statement by Russia’s Defense Ministry that Ukraine ports are “harmful for transport,” wrote Mykhailo Podolyak on Twitter.

“Not even 24 hours had handed earlier than these grain terminals, the territory of Odesa and the port have been struck,” Zelenskyy told a U.S. delegation of lawmakers visiting Ukraine.

Among those visiting Zelenskyy, Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) said Russian President Vladimir Putin “violated the spirit of that settlement with extra missile strikes.”

“He merely can’t be trusted,” Smith, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, wrote in a statement.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the U.S. strongly condemns the Russian missile attack and said Russia bears responsibility for deepening the world’s food crisis.

The attack “undermines work of the U.N., Turkey and Ukraine to get crucial meals to world markets,” Blinken said in a statement.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres “unequivocally” condemned the missile strike on the port.

“Full implementation [of the deal] by the Russian Federation, Ukraine and Turkey is crucial,” the U.N. chief wrote.

Bridget Brink, President Joe Biden’s Ambassador to Ukraine, urged the global community to hold Russia to account.

“The Kremlin continues to weaponize meals. Russia should be held to account,” Brink wrote on Twitter.

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell called Russia’s missile strike on Odesa “reprehensible.”

“Striking a goal essential for grain export a day after the signature of Istanbul agreements is especially reprehensible once more demonstrates Russia’s whole disregard for worldwide regulation and commitments,” Borrell wrote on Twitter.

Spanish celebrity chef and restaurateur Jose Andres, who brought his humanitarian organization to Ukraine to alleviate the food crisis triggered by Russia’s war, also slammed the missile strikes on Odesa.

“Why are you attacking the grain that must be exported? Why? Stop please and let’s feed the world,” wrote the two-star Michelin chef and founder of the World Central Kitchen, a group dedicated to feeding vulnerable communities.

Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas said the missile strikes were “all you must find out about offers with Russia.”

“Today, Russian missiles hit the port of Odesa. That’s all you must find out about offers with Russia. The world should assist Ukraine battle the aggressor,” she wrote.

— Reuters contributed to this report.

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