Russian missile attack against on the port of Odessa caused minor damage to the infrastructure and injuries were reported. The strike was carried out with Kalibr cruise missiles. In a statement on Facebook, President Volodymyr Zelensky described the strike as cynical and as a blow to the political positions of Russia itself.
The US strongly condemned the missile attack. “Just 24 hours after finalizing a deal to allow the resumption of Ukrainian agricultural exports through the Black Sea, Russia breached its commitments by attacking the historic port from which grain and agricultural exports would again be transported under this arrangement,” Anthony Blinken said in a statement.
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar quoted Russian officials as saying to Ankara that Moscow had "nothing to do" with the strikes on the Odessa port and that Russia was "carefully and thoroughly investigating the case."
Despite the incident, preparations for the resumption of grain exports continue. The transportation of Ukrainian grain by sea will start soon, Turkish President Recep Erdogan said.
A delegation of members of the US Congress met Ukrainian President Volodymyr in Kyiv. The delegation included Adam Smith, chair of the House Armed Services Committee chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, "The United States, along with allies and partners around the world, have stood with Ukraine by providing economic, military, and humanitarian assistance. We will continue to seek ways to support President Zelensky and the Ukrainian people as effectively as possible as they continue their brave stand," the guests said in a statement.
Anton Herashchenko, an adviser to the Ukrainian interior minister, announced on Twitter that The New York Times was opening an office in Kyiv. "We set up a bureau in Kyiv to cover a war that has upended life for millions of Ukrainians and reverberated far beyond the country’s borders," assistant managing editor Michael Slackman pointed out.