European Council President Charles Michel mentioned Russia would fail to “execute” Ukraine’s “freedom” on a shock journey to Odessa Monday throughout which he was compelled to take cowl when missiles once more truck the Black Sea metropolis.
“The Kremlin needs to execute your spirit of freedom and democracy,” Michel mentioned in a video on Twitter.
“I’m completely satisfied they may by no means succeed,” he added, promising that the EU will assist Ukraine “construct a contemporary, democratic nation.”
The EU chief mentioned individuals in Ukraine are “tortured, raped and executed in chilly blood,” saying Ukrainians are “resisting with braveness.”
Michel was compelled to take shelter earlier throughout a strike that got here as he held talks with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmygal, an EU official mentioned.
“It was an air raid through the first assembly with the PM. They merely continued their tete-a-tete within the shelter,” a member of his entourage mentioned.
President Volodymyr Zelensky, who joined their talks by video convention, thanked Michel for visiting Ukraine on Victory Day, the anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany in World Battle II.
“I’m more than happy that as we speak the European Union, on the highest degree, helps Ukraine at a time when manifestations of Nazism, sadly, exist and are being revived,” he mentioned in a press release from his workplace.
– Talks to unblock Ukraine’s ports –
Ukraine mentioned each side mentioned taking “quick measures to unblock Ukraine’s ports for grain exports.”
Russia’s blockade of Ukraine’s Black Sea ports has compelled its grain exporters to search for alternate options to maneuver their treasured cargo.
The cargo is loaded onto trains, lorries or barges and brought to Romania, now an important maritime export hub for Ukraine’s crops.
“Within the port of Odessa, I noticed silos filled with grain, wheat and corn prepared for export,” Michel mentioned.
“This badly-needed meals is stranded due to the Russian battle and blockade of Black sea ports inflicting dramatic penalties for weak nations. We want a world response,” he added.
Earlier than the battle, Ukraine exported 4.5 million tonnes of agricultural produce monthly by its ports — 12 % of the world’s wheat, 15 % of its corn and 50 % of its sunflower oil.
However the invasion has crippled its export capability with Russia destroying transportation infrastructure and blockading Odessa, the primary port for grain exports.
The battle has despatched the worth of meals hovering.
The UN’s World Meals Programme final week known as for the reopening of ports within the Odessa area, saying “a whole bunch of hundreds of thousands of individuals globally” rely upon Ukraine’s grain provides.
The EU chief was additionally briefed by Ukraine’s navy chief on “the harm brought on by Russian missiles fired from the ocean and was capable of witness first-hand the wanton destruction of a residential constructing and the affect on harmless civilians”, the EU official mentioned.