Russia is mining the Black Sea to stifle Ukrainian ports: report

According to US intelligence, Russia is laying landmines in the Black Sea, which Kyiv still controls, as part of a plan to disrupt Ukraine’s trade and stifle ports.

The Russian navy has been ordered to mine water near the ports of Odessa and Ochakio, and has already mined the mouth of the Danipro River. According to a report in The Guardian.

“The United States has information that the Black Sea Fleet has been ordered to effectively blockade the Ukrainian ports of Odessa and Ochakiv,” a U.S. official told the outlet. This is clearly an attempt to block the use of any port under Kyiv’s control.

The report comes just two weeks after the Kremlin, during a meeting with Turkey on Kyiv’s grain trade, called on Ukraine to end Odessa and hand over control of the historic port to Russia.

In the talks, in which Ukraine was not invited, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov claimed that Russia would not “abuse” its naval supremacy if Ukraine allowed it such control. The Kremlin will take all necessary steps to ensure that the ships can leave. [Odessa] Independently. “

US intelligence claims that the Russian navy intends to blockade the “Ukrainian ports of Odessa and Ochakiv”.
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“The effects of Russia’s actions, which have hampered maritime trade in the northern third of the Black Sea and made the region unsafe for shipping, cannot be underestimated, as Ukraine’s maritime exports are a major source of food for the world.” “It’s very important for security,” he said. Said.

The United States on Thursday declassified satellite images showing an apparent Russian missile attack on Ukraine’s second-largest grain terminal in the city of Mikolayev.

Formerly one of the world’s largest exporters of wheat, corn and sunflower oil, Ukraine now has millions of tons of essential food due to the Russian invasion and the resulting blockade of the Black Sea. Lying in the silos.

Ukrainian farmers load barley grains during a barley harvest in Odessa, Ukraine on June 23, 2022.
Ukrainian farmers load barley grains during a barley harvest in Odessa, Ukraine on June 23, 2022.
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Earlier this month, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned of a global famine, saying “the impact of the war on food security, energy and finance is military, intense and rapid.”

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