Russian missiles hit the port of Pivdennyi in Ukraine’s southern Odesa region on Friday, destroying grain storage facilities and foodstuffs they contained, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and other officials said.

“… they hit the Sea Port Pivdennyi. Several missiles struck port facilities, not only Ukrainian, but Singapore’s as well,” Zelenskiy said in a virtual address to the NATO-Ukraine Council.

Ukraine’s Ministry for Restoration, in a post on the Telegram messaging app, said the strike “destroyed storage facilities and agricultural goods which had been intended for export to Asia and Africa”.

The regional governor said one person was injured in the strike, while Ukraine’s southern military command said the attack had sparked fires. Local Telegram channels shared videos of heavy black smoke rising from what they said was the site of the strike.

Zelenskiy, in a subsequent post on X, said the attack was “part of a deliberate Russian strategy” to harm Ukraine and countries relying on its food exports.

“Dear partners in the Global South, this is Russia’s true attitude towards you, your food security, and well-being,” he wrote.

“Russia is willing to harm people in your countries in order to achieve its insane goal of destroying our country at any cost.”

Ukraine has for months been appealing to countries where Russia has more longstanding contacts — in Africa, Latin America and Asia — for greater support for Kyiv’s position.

Ukraine’s port infrastructure has suffered frequent Russian attacks since Russia withdrew last summer from a U.N.-brokered deal that had guaranteed safe shipments of Ukrainian grain. Kyiv has since established its own maritime corridor for shipments.

Russia has also recently stepped up its use of harder-to-intercept ballistic missiles to hit Ukraine’s southern regions.

Last week, Ukraine’s national rail firm imposed a ban on deliveries to the large port of Chornomorsk, also in the Odesa region. Media reported that Russian attacks may have damaged railway tracks to the port’s grain terminals.