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Russian act of barbarism one day after deal was signed
Russian missiles struck the port of Odessa on July 23, 2022, violating a deal signed a day earlier to curb grain exports from Black Sea ports and ease global food shortages caused by the war. The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy described the strike as blatant "barbarism" and that Moscow could not be trusted to implement the agreement. The Ukrainian military said that the missiles had not caused any significant damage and that preparations were underway to resume grain exports from Black Sea ports. The deal, signed by Moscow and Kyiv on July 22 and brokered by the United Nations and Turkey, has been hailed as a breakthrough after nearly five months of punitive fighting since Russia invaded its neighbor. By allowing grain exports from Black Sea ports, including Odessa, it is seen as crucial in curbing rising global food prices.
SOCAR becomes operator of Ukrainian oil terminal
Azerbaijan’s state energy giant SOCAR became the operator of the “Sintez Oil” terminal in Odessa, which previously belonged to the “Private” group and Ukrainian businessmen Igor and Grigory Surkisov. The process of transition of “Synthesis Oil” from “Private” to SOCAR began last year, Ukrainian media reported with reference to Director of “Consulting Group A-95” Sergei Kuyun. The project was implemented in accordance with agreements on the annual supply of 1.3 million tons of Azerbaijani oil to the Kremenchuk refinery (UkrTransNafta), which is also controlled by Private, according to Kuyun. Kuyun also informs about the preliminary agreement on pumping Azerbaijani oil into Belarus. About three tanker deliveries of 240,000 tons of oil per month will be delivered to the Mozyr Oil Refinery through the UkrTransNafta oil pipeline.
German Federal Government supports USPA to complete construction of container terminal in Odessa port
State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Mr. Rainer Bomba visits the construction site of “Container Terminal Odessa” (owned by Hamburg Port Consulting) at the Quarantine Mole in Odessa seaport. During the visit, Mr. Bomba discussed construction progress with the Head of Ukrainian Seaports Authority (USPA) Mr. Raivis Veckagans. The estimated capital investment for the completion of the breakwater and dredging of the port waters totals 40 million Euros. Source: Ukrainian Sea Ports AuthorityNews schreiben