Ukraine pressing ahead with efforts to restart grain exports from Odesa and other Black Sea ports. President Volodymyr Zelenskiy denounced the strikes as blatant "barbarism" The strikes cast doubt over whether Russia would honour a deal aimed at easing global food shortages.

Video released by the Ukrainian military showed firefighters battling a blaze on an unidentified boat moored alongside a tug boat. Turkey's defence minister said Russian officials told Ankara that Moscow had "nothing to do" with the strikes. Neither Russian defence ministry statements nor the military's evening summary mentioned missile strikes in Odesa.

Ukrainian air force spokesperson Yuriy Ignat said the missiles were fired from warships in the Black Sea near Crimea. The port's grain storage area was not hit, he said. "Unfortunately there are wounded," he said, adding that some of the wounded have been taken to hospital.

The strikes appeared to violate Friday's deal, which would allow safe passage in and out of Ukrainian ports. Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov said on Facebook that "we continue technical preparations for the launch of agricultural products from our ports" The deal would restore grain shipments from the three reopened ports to pre-war levels of 5 million tonnes a month.

Russia and Ukraine are major global wheat suppliers. World Food Programme: 47 million people are in need of food. Moscow denies responsibility for the food crisis, blaming Western sanctions. U.N. Secretary-General: Russia must stop deepening the global food crisis and must stop its aggression.
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