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Russian missiles destroy grain storage facilities in Odesa region, Ukraine says

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Russian missiles hit the port of Pivdennyi in Ukraine's southern Odesa region on Friday, destroying grain storage facilities and foodstuffs they contained, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and other officials said.

"They hit the Sea Port Pivdennyi. Several missiles struck port facilities, not only Ukrainian, but Singapore’s as well," Zelenskyy said in a virtual address to the NATO-Ukraine Council.

Ukraine's Ministry for Restoration, in a post on the Telegram messaging app, said the strike "destroyed storage facilities and agricultural goods which had been intended for export to Asia and Africa".

The regional governor said one person was injured in the strike, while Ukraine's southern military command said the attack had sparked fires. Local Telegram channels shared videos of heavy black smoke rising from what they said was the site of the strike.

Zelenskyy, in a subsequent post on X, said the attack was "part of a deliberate Russian strategy" to harm Ukraine and countries relying on its food exports.

"Dear partners in the Global South, this is Russia's true attitude towards you, your food security, and well-being," he wrote. "Russia is willing to harm people in your countries in order to achieve its insane goal of destroying our country at any cost."

Ukraine has for months been appealing to countries where Russia has more longstanding contacts -- in Africa, Latin America and Asia -- for greater support for Kyiv's position.

Ukraine's port infrastructure has suffered frequent Russian attacks since Russia withdrew last summer from a U.N.-brokered deal that had guaranteed safe shipments of Ukrainian grain. Kyiv has since established its own maritime corridor for shipments.

Russia has also recently stepped up its use of harder-to-intercept ballistic missiles to hit Ukraine's southern regions.

Last week, Ukraine's national rail firm imposed a ban on deliveries to the large port of Chornomorsk, also in the Odesa region. Media reported that Russian attacks may have damaged railway tracks to the port's grain terminals.

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Would like to hear the justification for this other than clear Russian savagery.

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"Dear partners in the Global South, this is Russia's true attitude towards you, your food security, and well-being," he wrote. "Russia is willing to harm people in your countries in order to achieve its insane goal of destroying our country at any cost."

He has no partners in the GS. Days ago he publicly aligned himself with Israel.

Important to keep in mind a multitude of Russian free grain/fertilizer shipments to Africa over the last year, that made real differences for decent people.

The rump of his grain exports went to Europe and the west - people are not fooled.

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JJEToday 08:39 am JST

"Dear partners in the Global South, this is Russia's true attitude towards you, your food security, and well-being," he wrote. "Russia is willing to harm people in your countries in order to achieve its insane goal of destroying our country at any cost."

He has no partners in the GS. Days ago he publicly aligned himself with Israel.

140 countries condemned Russia at the UN. I would say they are partners of Ukraine on some level. As for aligning himself with Israel, it is clear only the US and EU can save Ukraine militarily.

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Grain is intended for countries with impoverished and hungry populations.

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Zelensky is being dishonest. His chief diplomat has made some very controversial statements towards certain quarters they now claim as their 'friends'. Will not be forgotten.

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What else was inside those grain storage facilities that such caused " heavy black smoke" ? Or are Russkie convicts just wasting expensive missiles ( they ran out of 2 years ago according to JT experts ) on blowing up innocent grain warehouses again?

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