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Russia claims responsibility for missile strike on Ukrainian port city a day after agreeing to allow exports


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Russia has claimed responsibility for a missile strike on the port city of Odessa that came just a day after Russian authorities 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 strike to 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 said the strike only hit Ukrainian military targets, including a warship. Ukraine has not released details of the targets that were hit or the number of casualties they suffered.

Grain storage facilities, however, were not affected by the attack, a Ukrainian spokeswoman told The Washington Post.

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Rescue workers search the rubble at the scene following a Russian rocket that hit a residential building, in Chasiv Yar, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, July 10, 2022.
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Russia claims responsibility for missile strike on Ukrainian port city a day after agreeing to allow exports

People watch as smoke rises in the air after the bombardment of Odessa, Ukraine, Sunday, April 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
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US Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink condemned the attack in a statement over the weekend.

“Russia strikes the port city of Odessa less than 24 hours after signing an agreement allowing agricultural export shipments,” she wrote on Twitter. “The The Kremlin continues to militarize food. Russia must be held to account.”

Russia’s continued invasion of Ukraine has left the country, one of the world’s leading grain producers, unable to effectively export its supply, causing shortages in Africa and the Middle East.

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Odessa has faced repeated missile strikes since the Russian invasion began in late February.

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