Russia assured Sunday that its strikes had destroyed a Ukrainian military ship and missiles delivered by the United States the day before in the port of Odessa, vital for the export of Ukrainian cereals.
“High-precision, long-range missiles launched from the sea destroyed a docked Ukrainian military ship and a stockpile of Harpoon anti-ship missiles delivered by the United States to the Kyiv regime said the Russian Defense Ministry.
“A Ukrainian army ship repair and modernization plant has also been put out of action,” the ministry said in a statement posted on its Telegram account.
Earlier in the day, the spokeswoman of the Russian diplomacy, Maria Zakharova, had affirmed that a Ukrainian “military star” had been destroyed during this strike.
“Kalibr missiles destroyed military infrastructure in the port of Odessa, with a high-precision strike,” she wrote on Telegram, in response to a statement by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky saying that these strikes had destroyed the possibility dialogue or agreement with Moscow.
Neither the Russian army nor Maria Zakharova provided evidence to prove these statements. AFP was unable to confirm these announcements from an independent source.
After the firing on Odessa, Ukraine accused Vladimir Putin of having “spit in the face” of the UN and Turkey and jeopardize the application of the agreement signed Friday on the resumption of grain exports blocked by the conflict.
On Saturday, Russia had however denied to Turkey that it had been involved in these strikes: “The Russians told us that they had absolutely nothing to do with this attack and that they were looking into the matter very closely,” assured Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar.
According to a spokesman for the Ukrainian Air Force, two missiles hit the port territory of Odessa, and two others were shot down by anti-aircraft defenses before reaching their target.