EU chief had to seek cover in case of Russian attack in Odesa

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Russia will not succeed in killing Ukraine’s freedom.

It says EU President Charles Michel, who on Monday was on a secret visit to the city of Odesa on the Black Sea coast of Ukraine.

“The Kremlin will execute your spirit of freedom and democracy,” Michel said in a video posted on Twitter.

“I am absolutely convinced that they will never succeed,” he adds.

The EU president had to seek cover when Odesa came under Russian fire while meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal.

“There was an air strike during the first meeting with the Prime Minister. They simply continued their meeting in the shelter, “said an unnamed EU source.

When the attack was over, Michel promised at a joint press conference with Sjmyhal that the EU would continue to support Ukraine financially, politically and militarily.

“You are fighting to defend our common European principles and values,” he said.

Food safety was another important item on the agenda.

In the port city of Odesa, which Michel visited, a large part of the grain normally grown in Ukraine is passed on to the rest of the world.

But since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, Russian ships have blocked wheat and many other goods from being shipped out via the Black Sea.

Now the grain is instead loaded on trucks, freight wagons or barges and shipped to Romania, from where it is sent on. But not to the same extent as before.

“This much-needed food is stranded because of Russia’s war and blockade of Black Sea ports,” says Michel.

“It creates dramatic consequences for vulnerable countries. We need a global response. “


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