Russia suspends the Black Sea Grain Initiative following the Ukrainian attack on its warships in the port of Sevastopol

Russia retired its collaboration on the wheat agreement, mediated by the UN and Turkey and expiring on November 21, after the “terrorist attack” conducted in the Crimea against the ships of the Black Sea Fleet. This was announced by the Russian Defense Ministry.

Following the terrorist act carried out by the Kyiv regime with the participation of British experts against ships of the Black Sea fleet and civilian ships engaged in ensuring the safety of the grain corridors, Russia suspends its participation in the implementation of the agreement on the export of agricultural products from Ukrainian ports.

Russian Defense Ministry announced on Telegram, which was then taken over by the TASS agency

On 22 July, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres had ratified the agreement for the safe passage of tens of millions of tons of wheat across the Black Sea, blocked for 5 months in Ukrainian ports due to the war.

The agreement had a duration of 3 months and initially concerned wheat and maize stationary in the silos of the Ukrainian ports of Odessa, Chornomorsk and Yuzhny.

The conditions of the agreement also include a coordination center in Istanbul, from which the representatives of Russia, Ukraine and obviously Turkey and the UN would monitor the passage of ships through a mine-free route.

Kyiv responded to Moscow’s decision to suspend the wheat deal. “We had warned about Russia’s plans to ruin the Black Sea grain initiative. Now Moscow is using a false pretext to block the grain corridor that guarantees food security for millions of people. I call on all states to ask Russia to stop. to play his games with hunger and to resume respecting his obligations,” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba wrote on Twitter.

Four warships of the Russian Federation’s Black Sea Fleet were reportedly hit in Sevastopol Bay by a Ukrainian drone attack, according to Ukrainian presidential adviser Anton Gerashchenko on Telegram. According to unconfirmed data from Russian sources, among the damaged ships is the missile-launching frigate Admiral Makarov. A powerful explosion in the ship’s berth area was captured in video. At the moment Russian units have completely blocked the entrance to the Sevastopol bay.

The air and sea drone attack on the structures of the Russian Black Sea fleet based in Crimea was the most “massive” since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine, according to the governor of the Russian administration of the city of Sevastopol.

The Russian Defense Ministry said the attack on the Sevastopol port was prepared with the help of British military specialists. According to Moscow, the ships of the Russian Black Sea fleet attacked by Ukrainian drones are those involved in ensuring the safety of the “grain corridor”.

The United Nations is in contact with the Russian authorities following Russia’s suspension of its participation in the agreement on the export of grain from the Ukrainian Black Sea. “It is imperative that all parties refrain from any action that could endanger the wheat initiative, which is a key humanitarian effort that is clearly having a positive impact on access to food for millions of people around the world.” United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

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