Russia said on Wednesday evening that it would consider all ships sailing to Ukrainian ports in the Black Sea as possible carriers of military equipment.
Russia also says that any country with ships heading to Ukrainian ports will be considered a party to the dispute on the Ukrainian side.
After the end of the grain agreement between Russia and Ukraine on Monday, Russia attacked several important coastal cities in Ukraine.
Several attacks against cereal plants
Many of the attacks targeted cereal plants. Also on Thursday night, Odessa was attacked.
Russia did not want to renew the agreement because it believed that the Russian demands were not met.
The decision was met with strong international condemnation. Ukraine is known as the world’s granary, and most of the grain goes to poor countries.
Sends grain prices higher
The price of wheat has risen sharply in recent days. Following yesterday’s Russian data, the price of wheat rose by 8.2 percent on the European Stock Exchange.
On the previous day, the price of wheat rose 5.4 percent, according to BBC.
In his daily address on Thursday evening, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the attacks on the port of Odessa show that Russia is attacking not only Ukraine, but also millions of people elsewhere in the world.
One million tons of foodstuffs were stored in the ports for export to Africa and Asia. At one of the stations, 60,000 tons of food destined for China were destroyed, according to Zelensky.
Everyone is affected by Russian terrorism. He says everyone should be concerned about holding Russia accountable.
At the same time, it is asking for more air defense to be able to stop more Russian drones and missiles.
USA: Russia plans to attack ships
The United States believes that Russia already has plans to attack civilian ships in the Black Sea, the AFP news agency writes.
White House spokesman Adam Hodge said Thursday evening that Russia is ready to attack civilian ships in the Black Sea, and then blame Ukraine.
After the end of the grain agreement, Ukraine began looking for new ways to export its grain.
In a letter to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Ukraine wrote that it would establish a recommended shipping route on a temporary basis. The road is intended to pass through the maritime regions of neighboring Romania.
– The goal is to facilitate the opening of international shipping in the northwest of the Black Sea, Acting Minister of Infrastructure Vasil Shkurakov wrote in a letter to the UN body.
Russia with many demands
On Monday, the grain agreement between Russia and Ukraine was concluded.
The agreement, negotiated by Turkey and the United Nations, made it possible for Ukraine to export krone and fertilizer to the rest of the world from Black Sea ports.
On Monday, the Kremlin said the deal was on hold because it believed Russia’s demands had not been met.
However, President Vladimir Putin has said that they are ready to resume the agreement once Russian demands are met.
Among other things, Russia wants access to the SWIFT payment system. They also want the United Nations to make it easier for Russia to export agricultural products.
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