Russia on Sunday said that attacks it launched on the Ukrainian port of Odesa only hit military targets, including a stockpile of US-provided Harpoon anti-ship missiles. The strikes were launched on Saturday, one day after Russia and Ukraine signed a deal to facilitate grain exports from Ukrainian ports.
“In the seaport in the city of Odesa, on the territory of a shipyard, sea-based high-precision long-range missiles destroyed a docked Ukrainian warship and a warehouse with Harpoon anti-ship missiles supplied by the US to the Kyiv regime,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said.
The strikes came after a Ukrainian military official said Ukraine was preparing to use Western-provided anti-ship missiles to target the Russian Black Sea fleet.
For their part, Ukrainian officials said Russia launched four missiles at Odesa, and that two were intercepted. The Ukrainian military said the strikes didn’t cause significant damage and that no grain storage facilities were hit.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the strikes “destroyed the very possibility” of dialogue with Moscow, but other Ukrainian officials said Kyiv was still committed to the grain deal it signed on Friday. “We continue technical preparations for the launch of exports of agricultural products from our ports,” Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov said.
Under the deal that was brokered by Turkey, Ukraine will escort ships carrying grain out of its heavily mined ports. The shipments will be overseen by a coordination center that has been established in Istanbul that will include representatives from Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, and the UN.
The coordination center will also oversee the inspection of the vessels leaving Ukraine’s ports. The Turkish Defense Ministry said Sunday that the coordination center is working to begin the export of Ukrainian grain as soon as possible.
22 thoughts on “Russia Says Its Attack on Odesa Port Only Hit Military Targets”
Typical Ukraine make a deal for a semi neutral port area and then hide military equipment in the same area.
I assume Russia got both of its key objectives from the negotiations:
1. Any boat headed for Odessa will be inspected for weapons.
2. If Ukraine gets to ship grain, Russia gets to ship grain.
Win for Russia!
If Ukraine was trying to pull a white helmet trickery, they did what they had to do.
As did Russia. The introduction of harpoon missiles and HIMARS has caused Russia to hunt them down before they can be used. This should have been expected.
I was referring to Russia.
In other words, all sides, including the NATO/neo Nazi side, agree that Russia did NOT, in any way, violate the newly signed agreement, which did not even purport to declare Odessa a demilitarized zone, and did not set up a general or specific-to-Odessa ceasefire. Someone go and tell the MSM, and the neo con and neo lib shills, and the Biden Administration.
I can’t find any denial that the Harpoon missiles were there. Just Zelensky shooting off his mouth about Russia destroying the possibility of dialogue and then “other Ukrainian officials” contradicting him.
Why would Ukraine place their Harpoon missiles in a port for everyone to see them, even the Russians? That would be stupid. You conceal and cover them. You shoot, move, and communicate just like Artillery does. Use them as surprise when you need it. Why would anyone expose their essential weapons to the enemy at a port? You cannot find any denial of the Harpoons being there because it doesn’t fit your narrative but give yourself 5 minutes and really think about it. Even go ask a friend that has served. Also, I’m pretty sure, if the Russians spotted them via submarine, satellites, or any other means, they would’ve provided evidence by now but they never do so never mind.
Edit: You need to stop listening too much to your boy, Critical_Thinker. He’s got in your head, unless you are the same person.
“Why would anyone expose their essential weapons to the enemy at a port?”
To encourage an attack on the port, so that the attack on the port can be complained about.
You can play the conspiracy card anytime is convenient. There’s zero need to encourage Russia to attack Ukraine when it’s already attacking at will everywhere all the time.
Kinda like we did in Iraq, isn’t it?
I can’t find any denial because there isn’t one. And if the enemy claims to have targeted harpoon missiles that aren’t there, you scream it from the highest mountain top whether they are actually there or not. Great propaganda regardless if you think it’s far-fetched. Oh, I did three years in the Army and unless you have a certain MOS, you aren’t going to be near this type of equipment or how it is deployed. So be specific if you are going to tell me to ask someone who served because most won’t know.
Edit: You have got to be kidding about me being anyone else. For Christ’s sake come up with something original. And pay attention, I’ve questioned his Obama obsession several times.
They didn’t think they were exposing them, but they were surprised, weren’t they?
Odessa means very much to Russia there’s a long history, it has a Russian soul and most of the inhabitants are Russians (the Nazi’s had to bus in people from Nazi heartland up west in order to burn and massacre 48 Russians from the town alive in the Trade union building).
Americans in general don’t know and don’t care about history because they don’t have any history of their own to talk about that isn’t filled with blood, genocide and smallpox infected blankets.
Anyway, Russia will go for Trandnistria first and cut off the Nazi’s from Odessa and sit it out until it’s ripe because it’s dear to them.
Note that the key action to be undertaken pursuant to the agreement is for Ukraine to demine the waters surrounding the Odessa port. Those mines are, of course, the main reason that grain shipments have been blocked. Crews tend to avoid sailing in water known to be mined and insurers aren’t much interested in providing coverage. Duh.
Also, nothing could be easier to predict than that Ukrainian forces would stash weapons and ordnance as close as possible to civilian facilities. That’s just what they do. Russia usually knows the details, because large segments of the population of Ukraine are comprised of people inclined to make sure Russia knows.
“Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the strikes ‘destroyed the very possibility’ of dialogue with Moscow, but other Ukrainian officials”…
speaking on condition of anonymity, rolled their eyes and said, ‘C’mon’, you know he always says stupid shit like that.’
Guess what I read in all the MSM headlines? Russia breaks grain exporting deal hours after signing grain exporting deal…
Seriously, what happened to journalistic standards? Our media is just parroting whatever Ukraine says as the truth.
But first they say there had to be a deal because of Russia’s blockade and nothing about the mines.
MSM journalists checked their integrity in with the hat check lady.
There is no real ceasefire on military targets, the harbor and grain shipments were not attacked, the war still goes on. Whatever comes out of Kiev is distorted to suit their narrative. Nothing changes the fact that they are losing.
That may be true
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