On this 161st day of war, a team of Russian and Ukrainian officials inspected the first shipment of grain exported from Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24, pursuant to the agreement signed in July between kyiv and Moscow to stem the global food crisis.
The Razoni, a freighter flying the flag of Sierra Leone, showed up in sight of the northern shores of Istanbul on Tuesdayon the Black Sea, after leaving the Ukrainian port of Odessa on Monday with 26,000 tonnes of corn bound for Tripoli in Lebanon.
According to the head of Ukrainian diplomacy Dmytro Kouleba, 16 other boats loaded with grain “wait their turn” to leave Odessa, the main Ukrainian port, located on the Black Sea, which before the war concentrated 60% of the country’s port activity.
On the front
Militarily, fighting continues on both sides of the country. The Ukrainian Air Force claimed on Tuesday that Russian forces fired eight cruise missiles from the Caspian Sea into the territory of Ukraine, one of which “hit an air defense complex in the Lviv region“, in the west. The other seven missiles were intercepted, according to this source.
In Mykolaiv, a town close to the front in southern Ukraine, “powerful explosions“were heard Wednesday around 5 a.m., Mayor Oleksandr Senkevych said on Telegram.
In the neighboring region of Kherson, the first major city to fall into the hands of the Russian army, on March 3, “the situation remains tense“, she noted. But Ukraine, which is currently leading a counter-offensive in the south, announced on Tuesday that it had taken over 53 localities there.
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