The White Home warned on Wednesday that Russia might develop its focusing on of Ukrainian grain amenities to incorporate assaults towards civilian transport within the Black Sea.
Adam Hodge, White Home Nationwide Safety Council spokesperson, mentioned U.S. officers have info indicating Russia laid further sea mines within the approaches to Ukrainian ports.
“We consider that this can be a coordinated effort to justify any assaults towards civilian ships within the Black Sea and lay blame on Ukraine for these assaults,” he mentioned.
Hodge mentioned Russia had introduced that each one ships continuing to Ukrainian ports in Black Sea waters can be thought-about potential carriers of navy cargo and mentioned U.S. info indicated Russia had laid further sea mines within the approaches to Ukrainian ports.
“Along with this coordinated effort within the Black Sea, we’ve already noticed that Russia focused Ukraine’s grain export ports in Odesa with missiles and drones on July 18 and 19, ensuing within the destruction of agricultural infrastructure and 60,000 tons of grain,” he mentioned.
Ukraine accused Russia on Wednesday of damaging grain export infrastructure in “hellish” in a single day strikes centered on two of its Black Sea ports, vowing to not be intimidated from working to maintain grain exports transferring out of them.
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