Sunday, December 4

Russia breaks the grain export agreement after accusing Ukraine of a “terrorist attack” against its fleet

The Russian government has decided to break the grain export agreement it had with Ukraine, at the request of the UN, to allow ships loaded with grain to leave the south of the invaded country at the end of February. The Ministry of Defense has announced this decision after the explosions in several of its ships in the Sevastopol Bay, on the Crimean peninsula, which it has described as “terrorist acts” by Ukraine.

This morning, there have been several explosions in the bay of Sevastopol, a port city located on the Crimean peninsula, annexed by Russia in 2014. In the first reports, the port governor has stated that the Russian ships stationed there had repelled a series of drone strikes, which were shot down, as well as an unmanned water vehicle. However, hours later the Russian Defense Ministry issued a statement accusing kyiv of committing a “terrorist attack” against its fleet at that point in the Black Sea.

“Today at 4.20 am, the kyiv regime has carried out a terrorist attack against the ships of the Black Sea Fleet and against civilian ships that were in the vicinity of the Sevastopol base,” explained the statement, in which they admitted “minor damage” to one of the boats. The statement warned that these warships were located at that point to ensure the “grain corridor”, the result of the international agreement to guarantee the exit of Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea despite the war. Now, the agreement has been unilaterally suspended.

In the note, the Russian authorities also linked this alleged terrorist act with the British units they accuse of having sabotaged the Nord Stream pipelines. “The preparation of this terrorist act and the training of the soldiers of the 73rd Marine Special Operations Center was carried out under the supervision of specialists from the British Army in the city of Ochakov, in the Ukrainian region of Nikolayev,” the message states. These units, the note continues, are the same ones that participated in the “terrorist attack” on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines.