A Russian ammonia pipeline linking the city of Togliatti with the port of Odessa burst

A ammonia pipe that unites the Russian city of Togliatti and Odessain the south of Ukraine, exploded Monday and left several injured.

The conduit had been deactivated since February 2022, but Moscow was waiting for it to be put into operation.

Russia points to Ukraine as responsible for the event, which occurs just one day after the Kajovka dam disaster, for which both countries blame each other.

“A Ukrainian sabotage group blew up the Togliatti-Odessa ammonia pipeline,” some 2,400 km long, connecting the Russian city on the Volga to the Ukrainian Black Sea port city, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement. release.

Said “terrorist act” occurred on Monday night near masiutovkaa small town controlled by Russian forces in the region of Kharkivin northeast Ukraine, which was almost entirely recaptured by the Ukrainian army last fall, according to the same source.

“Several civilians were injured. All necessary medical assistance was provided to them,” the Russian Defense Ministry said.

Before the conflict, the pipeline allowed Russia to export more than 2.5 million tons of ammoniaa fundamental component for fertilizers, mainly to the European Union.

The pipeline had been put into service to export the products of the Togliatti chemical company, the largest Russian producer of ammonia and one of the largest in the world.

Transit through that conduit, built in the late 1970s, was interrupted at the start of the Russian offensive in Ukraine in February 2022.

The resumption of operations, requested by Moscow, is part of the negotiations, under UN mediation, on the agreement that has allowed to export million tons of Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea since July 2022.

The agreement, essential for the world’s food supply, was renewed in May for a two-month period, until July 17, while Moscow continues to press for guarantees of its exports, particularly of fertilizers.

“That ammonia pipe was crucial for global food security”, said this Wednesday in statements to the press the spokesperson for Russian diplomacy, Maria Zakharova.

Vessels are seen as they await inspection under the United Nations Black Sea Grain Initiative at the southern anchorage of the Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey, December 11, 2022. REUTERS/Yoruk Isik/File (YORUK ISIK/)

The spokeswoman accused Ukraine of having “inflicted a heavy blow on UN efforts in the fight against hunger.”

Russia and Ukraine also blamed each other this week for the partial destruction of the Kakhovka dam, an act that it caused flooding of nearby towns and evacuation of residents.

Ukraine called Russia “terrorist statebefore the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The attack on the Kajovka dam “caused major civilian evacuations and serious ecological damage,” declared the Ukrainian representative Anton Korinevich before the highest jurisdiction of the UN. “Russia’s actions are the actions of a terrorist state, of an aggressor”, he added.

It is a case like North Streamthe gas pipeline that went from Russia to Germany and was blown up in September of last year in the North Sea.

Last week, drones attacked on Wednesday two oil refineries located just 65-80 km east of one of Russia’s largest oil export terminals, causing a fire at one of them and causing no damage at the other, according to Russian officials.

Attacks with drones inside Russia have intensified in recent weeks with operations on Moscow, pipelines and even the Kremlin, while awaiting a possible Ukrainian counteroffensive.

(With information from AFP, Reuters and EFE)

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