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Ukraine: on a surprise visit, Charles Michel forced to take shelter because of strikes

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European Council President Charles Michel was forced to take shelter due to missile strikes, an EU official said, while on a surprise visit to Odessa, a major city in southern Ukraine . Missiles again hit the Odessa region, according to this source.

On a surprise visit to Odessa, a major city in southern Ukraine, European Council President Charles Michel was forced to take shelter due to missile strikes, an EU official has reported. According to this source, during a meeting between Charles Michel and Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Chmygal, “the participants had to interrupt the meeting to take shelter, because missiles again hit the Odessa region”.

The impact of war on global supply chains

Charles Michel for his part wrote on Twitter that he had come to Odessa to celebrate Europe Day. “You are not alone. The EU is on your side,” he said, denouncing “Russian aggression” against Ukraine, launched on February 24. According to the European official, Charles Michel also noted during this surprise visit “the impact of the Russian war on global supply chains”, particularly with regard to cereals, of which “many tonnes” are “blocked in the port due to the Russian blockade of the Black Sea”.

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This blockade “not only harms the Ukrainian economy, but also hinders the world’s access to vital foodstuffs and jeopardizes global food security”, added this source. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for his part announced on Monday that he had met by videoconference with the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and discussed Ukraine’s steps to become a candidate country for membership of the European Union. .

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