President of Russia Vladimir Putin seems to have issued a free-for-all order on grain exports from Ukraine that can be used to replace imports. Because of this, vicious attacks on the port city of Odesa have resurfaced, and concerns have been expressed about the cost of food around the world. The 12-mile bridge that connects the annexed Crimea to the Russian mainland was damaged, according to Putin, who claimed that Odesa was attacked in reprisal.
The Black Sea Grain Initiative, a 12-month deal to keep Ukrainian grain flowing to the rest of the globe, was also abandoned by Russia. Despite the fact that the grain deal between Russia and Ukraine is supposed to exempt its exports of food from Western sanctions, Russia has withdrew from the deal. The strikes on Odesa on Monday and Tuesday, meantime, pierced the night sky and struck the port, a vital part of the city’s infrastructure where Russia had let grain to be exported as part of the agreement mediated by the UN and Turkey in July.
The US’s guarantees that Turkey would be able to purchase F-16 jet fighters and Turkey’s decision to permit Sweden to join NATO were reportedly enough to enrage Russia. After that, Ukraine took ownership of the bridge’s damage on Monday even though the future of the grain arrangement was still up in the air.
Samantha Power, director of the US Agency for International Development, made the declaration on Tuesday. The wheat market is significantly influenced by the Ukrainian agricultural sector. I enquired about this week’s attacks with Alex Marquardt, CNN’s senior national security correspondent in Odesa, to see if they might be directly related to the grain controversy and Putin’s ire over the crucial bridge damage.
Power said Marquardt, “The idea that Putin would play roulette with the world’s most hungry people is just deeply disturbing at a time when the food situation is the worst of our lives.” He asked her if she thought Russia would rethink the grain deal. The sub-Saharan African countries, who stand to suffer the most from the rise in grain and oil prices, will need to exert pressure in addition to the US and the UN. She thinks that when Russia suffers military setbacks, it will keep targeting infrastructure. “If you’re a bully and an aggressor, firing missiles and using drones to destroy civilian infrastructure is always simpler. Since the Russian Federation is fighting on the front lines, I think we should be ready for the worst.