HUMANITARIAN COORDINATOR FOR UKRAINE DENISE BROWN STRONGLY CONDEMNS RUSSIAN ATTACKS ON IZMAIL AND OTHER UKRAINIAN PORTS
05 August 2023
I visited the Port of Izmail today and was shocked to see the level of destruction left by the Russian strikes on grain storage facilities on 2 August. The thousands of tons of grains that were damaged would have been enough to feed approximately 66 million people for a day.
The termination of the Black Sea Initiative by the Russian Federation and the recent and repeated attacks on Ukrainian ports are causing insurmountable damage to the agricultural sector in Ukraine and may further accentuate hunger for the world’s poorest people.
Relentless attacks by Russian forces on grain stores and port infrastructure in Ukraine form an extremely alarming pattern of harm and may constitute a grave violation of international humanitarian law.
Izmail, 5 August 2023