Turkey claimed yesterday that Russia had denied any involvement in the missile strike on Odesa that came less than 24 hours after signing an agreement with Ukraine to release grain from blockaded ports. The Kremlin has now confirmed that they carried out the attack.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova confirmed on Sunday that Russia had launched a missile attack on the port city of Odesa on Saturday, just hours after signing an agreement to allow grain exports to leave the Ukrainian port, guaranteeing safety for the vessels involved.
Ms Zakharova claimed that the strike was carried out on a military target.
She made the statement on her official Telegram account, saying "Kalibr missiles have destroyed the military infrastructure of the port of Odesa", she added that the attack was targeting a "Ukrainian military ship", and that it was struck with "high-precision" shelling.
Turkey, the guarantor of the agreement, was quick to voice its concern about the reported strike, while the United States, United Nations, UK, and Ukraine, condemned the attack.