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Russia bombards Ukrainian inland Danube river port of Reni

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Kiev, Ukraine (PortSEurope) July 24, 2023 – In a development in the Russian war against Ukraine, Russia has attacked the inland river port of Reni. Three warehouses, apparently storing grain, were destroyed by around 15 Shahed drones. Ukraine claimed that the Danube port of Izmail was also attacked.

On July 17, last week, Russia withdrew from the Black Sea grain deal since when there have been nightly missile and drone attacks on Ukrainian Black Sea ports, including Odessa and Chornomorsk. These are attacks designed to prevent any attempts by Ukraine to resume grain exports by sea.

In an escalation, Russia has now attacked an inland river port which is used to export grain via Romania.

It should be noted that Reni is just around 200 m across the river from the border with Romania which is a NATO member state.

Reni is a port located on the left bank of the Danube and an important transport hub of Ukraine. At Reni, river, sea, road, and rail transport is closely linked.

Ukraine’s southern inland river ports, (Reni, Izmail and Ust-Dunaisk) are now key export hubs for grain. With the end of the Black Sea grain deal, they are crucial to Kiev and world grain markets. If these ports were to cease operations, the effects would be globally, highly significant.

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