Russia attacks Ukraine's vital Danube grain export route

Russia attacks Ukraine’s vital Danube grain export route

Last week’s attacks mostly targeted Odessa’s seaports, but Monday’s predawn strikes hit infrastructure along the Danube, an export route that has grown in importance since World War Two. demise From the deal allowing Ukrainian grain to pass through the Black Sea.

Russian terrorists once again attacked the Odessa region overnight. “The target this time is port infrastructure on the Danube,” regional governor Oleh Kepper wrote in the messaging app Telegram.

Global wheat and corn futures rose sharply amid fears that Russian attacks and more fighting, including a drone attack on Moscow, could threaten grain exports and shipping.

The Reni Odessa news website quoted a local official as saying that three grain depots were destroyed in the Danube coastal city of Reni during a drone attack.

Significantly, video footage obtained and verified by Reuters showed a man swearing in disbelief at several damaged grain depots in Rennie. transmit center He crossed the Danube to NATO and Romania, a member of the European Union.

“This latest escalation poses serious risks to security in the Black Sea,” Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said on Twitter, drawing attention to the attack’s proximity to Romania’s borders.

Since the massive Russian invasion in Feb 2022Ukraine expanded grain exports by land via European Union to about a million tons per month, with large quantities exported from Romanian ports and along the Danube.

“In the past months, Russia has not attacked Ukraine’s onshore and domestic grain infrastructure,” said a European trader. Any interruption to this movement could quickly affect international grain supplies.

A French trader called it “a great development and a big blow” for Ukrainian exports, adding: “Without the Black Sea corridor and now with the attacks on alternative routes, it will be difficult to get Ukrainian grain out of the country.”

“Russia is trying to block all of our grain from being exported and make the world starve,” Kipper said.

Food terrorism

Ukrainian officials provided few details but police said warehouses storing grain crops were hit as well as tanks for storing other types of goods, causing a fire.

Kiber said seven people were injured, one of whom was in critical condition.

The police published pictures showing the damaged facilities, and containers with the Maersk Group logo can be seen in one of the pictures.

Some Ukrainian media reported explosions overnight in the Izmail region, another important port on Ukraine’s Danube, but there were no confirmed reports of damage.

Russia is trying to extract concessions by holding 400 million people hostageUkrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba wrote on Twitter. “I urge all countries, particularly those in Africa and Asia hardest hit by soaring food prices, to mount a unified global response to food terrorism.”

Written by Olenna Harmash and Tom Palmforth

(Additionally, Valentin Ogirenko in Kyiv, Michael Hogan in Hamburg, Sybil de la Hamide, Louisa Iley, and Anna Proshnica; Writing by Tom Palmforth; Editing by Timothy Heritage and Nick McPhee)

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