Amidst the ongoing Ukraine war, Russia has taken aggressive action against Ukraine's grain supply after terminating a crucial sea deal.

Ukrainian officials have reported that Russian missile strikes along the Black Sea coast have resulted in the destruction of approximately 60,000 tonnes of grain and significant damage to storage infrastructure. Agriculture Minister Mykola Solskyi mentioned that a substantial portion of the export infrastructure is now non-operational.

Russia’s decision to withdraw from the Black Sea safe passage deal, which ensured secure export routes, has triggered these missile attacks. President Putin accused the West of using the grain deal as a form of “political blackmail” and asserted that Russia would only reconsider rejoining the agreement if all previously agreed principles are adhered to.

Following Russia’s announcement that any ships heading to Ukrainian ports would be regarded as potential carriers of military cargo and involved in the conflict, specific areas of the Black Sea have been temporarily designated as dangerous for shipping.

The missile strikes began shortly after Russia’s withdrawal from the grain deal, with successive attacks targeting grain terminals and port infrastructure in Odesa and Chornomorsk, two of the three ports included in the export agreement. The attacks have resulted in injuries to civilians, including a nine-year-old boy, as well as damage to residential buildings.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky condemned the attacks, emphasizing that they not only affected Ukraine but also jeopardized the aspiration of people worldwide for a normal and safe life. France and Germany also expressed their disapproval, with Germany’s Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock accusing President Putin of robbing the world of hope for Ukrainian grain and harming the world’s poorest with such attacks.

The Ukrainian infrastructure ministry shared photographs displaying the extent of the damage to silos and other grain facilities. While wharves and reservoirs suffered harm, it was international and Ukrainian traders who bore the brunt of the consequences.

According to Russian military analysts, the recent attacks have exposed Kyiv’s inability to effectively counter the majority of Russian missiles and drones.

The coordinated assault included a mix of lethal weaponry, such as Kalibr cruise missiles, Onyx supersonic missiles, Kh-22 anti-ship missiles, and kamikaze drones, launched from various locations, including the Black Sea, Crimea, and southern Russia. Despite Ukrainian forces managing to shoot down 37 Russian missiles and drones, several managed to breach their defenses.

Russia had termed their initial strike on Odesa as a “mass revenge attack” in response to an earlier incident involving the Russian-built bridge connecting occupied Crimea to Russia over the Kerch Strait.

Notably, seaborne drones were held responsible for the recent bridge strike, which caused significant damage and resulted in the loss of lives, including a Russian couple.

Moreover, Crimea experienced additional disturbances on Wednesday when a fire broke out near a military training range, triggering several hours of explosions at an ammunition depot. In response to this dangerous situation, around 2,200 residents from four nearby villages were promptly evacuated to safety.

Furthermore, Russian-appointed officials took the decision to close a 12-kilometer (7.5-mile) stretch of the Tavrida motorway, which connects the cities of Simferopol and Sevastopol in southern Crimea to the Kerch Strait bridge. This road construction project, overseen by Russia’s occupation authorities, was initiated back in 2017.

As for the specific cause of the fire near Staryi Krim, officials have initiated an investigation, although unverified social media reports have speculated that it might have been the result of three Ukrainian strikes.

In Crimea, the person in charge, Sergei Aksyonov, assured that investigations into the military range fire were underway, but thankfully, there were no reported casualties from the incident.