Grain export resumes in Ukraine, while the G7 wants to do more | War in Ukraine
Since August, more than 400 ships carrying wheat or other such products have left the sea Black to the rest of the world.
Cereal exports resumed Thursday morning from Ukrainian ports, after Russia returned to the humanitarian corridor agreement, with the G7 pledging to prevent Moscow from “starving” and make Ukrainians “freeze to death” this winter.
Meanwhile, the IAEA said on Thursday that it had not detected any signs of #x27;Undeclared nuclear activities at three locations inspected at the request of kyiv, accused by Moscow of erasing evidence of preparing a dirty bomb.
As of midday, seven cargo ships carrying a total of 290,102 tons of grain and agricultural products are transiting through the humanitarian corridor under the Ukrainian Grain Initiative in the Black Sea, the delegation of the Ukraine confirmed. UN at the Joint Coordination Center (JCC) in Istanbul, responsible for overseeing the international agreement.
Ukrainian food exports reached 10 million tonnes on Thursday thanks to the Black Sea Initiative, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said, calling for a renewal of this grain agreement which reduces the risks of hunger in the world.
Russia resumed on Wednesday its participation in this agreement, signed in July under the aegis of the UN and Turkey , on exports of grain and other agricultural products, believing that it has received guarantees from kyiv on the demilitarization of the secure humanitarian corridor in the Black Sea.
According to the Turkish Ministry of Defense quoted by According to the official Anadolu agency, 426 boats have already followed this safe route since August 1.
The United States, like the UN, welcomed the outcome, and praised Turkey's role, but stressed that the grain agreement must now be renewed beyond the planned deadline of November 19.
Before deciding to continue, it will be necessary to carry out an evaluation, however warned the spokesman of the Kremlin, Dmitry Peskov.
A senior UN official involved in the negotiations, Rebeca Grynspan, has meanwhile expressed her hope that the agreement will be extended.
Especially that the negotiations on another thorny subject, the unblocking of Russian fertilizer exports, have, according to her, made important steps forward even if there is still a long way to go.
Progress on this front could undoubtedly make things easier.
Moscow had suspended its participation in the grain agreement on Saturday after an attack carried out with marine drones against its fleet based in the harbor of Sevastopol, in annexed Crimea.
L' The Russian military has accused Ukraine of carrying out the operation, which hit at least one Russian military building, with the help of British experts and using the maritime export corridor of cereals.
Russia also summoned the British ambassador to Moscow on Thursday to tell her that such hostile actions by the United Kingdom risk leading to an escalation of the situation which could have unforeseeable and dangerous consequences, Russian diplomacy said in a statement. London denies any involvement.
In the face of war, Switzerland invoked its neutrality to prohibit Germany from sending Swiss-made ammunition to Ukraine for the anti-aircraft defense tanks that Berlin wants to deliver to kyiv. Conversely, the Bulgarian parliament decided on Thursday to help Ukraine militarily by sending weapons, after procrastination linked to the country's historical proximity to Russia.
The G7 countries, meeting in Münster in Germany, denounced the treacherous methods of Russia in its way of waging war, trying to starve, thirst or freeze people by attacking civilian infrastructure and should explore ways to continue supporting Ukraine, diplomatic sources say.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russian strikes damaged 40% of Ukrainian energy installations.
As the G20 meeting scheduled for mid-November approaches, he affirmed Thursday, in a joint press conference in kyiv with his Greek counterpart Katerina Sakellaropoulouque, that Ukraine would not participate if Russian President Vladimir Putin was present.
On the ground, separatist authorities in eastern ;Ukraine announced on Thursday the release of 107 soldiers in a new exchange with kyiv, which will recover on its side the same number of prisoners.
We are bringing back 107 of our fighters from Ukrainian jails, 65 of them from the People's Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, one of the main leader of the pro-Russian separatists, Denis Pushilin.