According to Turkey, Ukraine and Russia Will Sign an Agreement to Reopen Grain Ports

Turkey Says Ukraine and Russia will reopen grain ports
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According to Turkey, Russia and Ukraine will sign an agreement on Friday to reopen Ukraine’s Black Sea ports for grain exports, bolstering optimism that a worldwide food crisis exacerbated by Russia’s invasion might be alleviated.

Ukraine and Russia, two of the world’s largest food exporters, did not immediately corroborate the Turkish presidency’s declaration on Thursday. However, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy suggested in a late-night video address that his country’s Black Sea ports would soon be reopened.

Since Russian soldiers rushed into Ukraine on February 24, the blockade by Russia’s Black Sea navy has exacerbated global supply chain disruptions and, along with Western sanctions placed on Moscow, has fueled rising inflation in food and oil prices.

The deal’s full terms were not immediately disclosed. It was scheduled to be signed at 1330 GMT on Friday, according to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s office. The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, was on his way to Turkey.

“And tomorrow we also await news for our state from Turkey – on the unblocking of our ports,” Zelenskiy added, focusing primarily on Ukrainian troops’ ability to make advances on the battlefield.

Moscow has denied blame for the increasing food crisis, blaming Western sanctions for limiting its own food and fertilizer shipments and Ukraine for mining its Black Sea ports.

According to US State Department spokeswoman Ned Price, Washington would concentrate on keeping Moscow responsible for upholding the accord.

The UN and Turkey have been negotiating a “package” arrangement to restore Ukraine’s Black Sea grain exports while enabling Russian grain and fertiliser imports for two months.

According to Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, the 27-nation European Union has suggested to remove certain previous restrictions in order to protect global food security, and Moscow hopes that this would create circumstances for the unimpeded shipment of grain and fertilisers.

Against Thursday, Zelenskiy met with top commanders to discuss weapon shipments and continuing assaults on Russians.

“(We) agreed that our troops have a high potential to advance on the battlefield and inflict considerable additional casualties on the occupiers,” he said in a video speech.

Kyiv expects that Western armaments, particularly longer-range missiles like as the United States’ High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), would enable it to counter-attack and reclaim lost eastern and southern territory.

Ukraine has accused Russia of escalating missile and rocket attacks on cities in recent weeks in an effort to terrorize its people.

During the battle, Russian bombing killed thousands of civilians and destroyed cities and towns, with several places distant from the front lines being attacked by missiles. Moscow denies intentionally targeting people and claims that all of its targets are military in nature.

According to British military intelligence, there is a considerable risk of Russian longer-range armaments missing their intended targets and causing civilian fatalities since Moscow is increasingly utilizing long-range air-defence systems to compensate for a paucity of ground-attack missiles.

Such air-defense systems, armed with smaller warheads and designed to take down planes and missiles, are unlikely to be able to penetrate reinforced military facilities on the ground, and their troops will have limited training for such operations. According to a Friday intelligence bulletin from the British defense ministry.

Since Russian troops took the remaining two Ukrainian-held cities in eastern Luhansk region in late June and early July, there have been no substantial advances on the front lines.

Russian troops are now concentrating their efforts on conquering the whole neighboring Donetsk province on behalf of separatist proxies who have formed two separate mini-states spanning the larger industrialised Donbas area.

According to Ukraine’s military staff’s morning briefing, Russian troops supported by heavy artillery fire continued to seek advances towards the towns of Kramatorsk and Bakhmut, as well as the Vuhlehirska thermal power plant in Donetsk region, but made no major breakthrough on the ground.

On Friday morning, Ukrainian soldiers bombarded Russian-held Donetsk city, according to the Russian official news agency TASS, citing the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR).

Ukrainian military also demolished bridges before fleeing from Lysychansk, which is currently hampering food delivery, according to interim Mayor Andrey Skory.

Russia claims to be conducting a “special military operation” to demilitarize its neighbor and remove dangerous nationalists.

According to Kyiv and the West, it is an imperialist effort to reclaim a nation that broke free from Moscow’s authority with the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.

According to the United Nations, the worst war in Europe since World War II has killed over 5,000 people, driven more than 6 million to evacuate Ukraine, and left 8 million internally displaced.

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