Russia has suspended the agreement to transport Ukrainian grain from Black Sea ports after the drone strikes in Crimea. The reason for this was the "terrorist attacks" on the Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol, the Ministry of Defense said in Moscow on Saturday. The Ministry accused the British Navy of having given the instructions for shelling the peninsula with drones. According to Russian information, a minesweeper was also damaged.
Criticism came immediately from Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. Under a pretext, Moscow is blocking the transports "which mean food security for millions of people," Kuleba wrote on Twitter on Saturday evening. "I call on all states to demand that Russia stop its 'Hunger Games' and return to its commitments." Ukraine has long warned that Moscow could withdraw from the agreement.
Although the war continues to hamper exports, Zelenskyi recently said that Ukraine has exported almost eight million tons of food by sea since the Grains Agreement came into force. 60 percent of the amount went to Africa and Asia.
Most recently, Russia had threatened to stop the grain deal and block the Ukrainian ports again because, in Moscow's view, promises made to Russia were not being kept. In addition, the explosives used in the attack on the Crimean bridge were said to have been smuggled out of Ukraine by sea. After the attack, Russia massively intensified the rocket attacks on Ukraine - and especially on the energy infrastructure.
In July, Russia, mediated by the United Nations and Turkey, agreed to grain exports, but always threatened to scrap the four-month agreement. Moscow has long complained that part of the summer agreement is not being implemented. In the agreement, Russia agreed to end the blockade of Ukrainian seaports for grain exports, but in return demanded relief for its own exports of fertilizers and food. Russia and Ukraine are both major grain exporters, earning billions from exports.