UKRAINE: As Ukraine intensified its offensive to retake the southern city of Kherson, which is currently held by Kremlin forces, more than ten Russian missiles struck the Chernihiv region outside of Kyiv.
Air sirens wailed as the strike shattered Kyiv’s return to normalcy following Russian forces’ abandonment of attempts to take the city during the early stages of the conflict due to overwhelming Ukrainian opposition.
According to regional governor Vyacheslav Chausov, more than 10 Russian missiles also struck the city of Chernihiv, which is located 120 kilometres northeast of Kyiv. Chernihiv had gone weeks without being targeted, much like Kyiv
International efforts to restore Ukrainian ports and permit the export of grain and other goods persisted in the midst of the battle.
Last week, an agreement was reached between Russia and Ukraine to allow grain exports from Black Sea ports.
The “crucial” elements for the safe passage of vessels, according to UN assistance director Martin Griffiths, are still being worked out.
Griffiths believed the first grain shipment from a port on the Black Sea in Ukraine could arrive as early as Friday.
Russia’s Sakhalin Energy Investment Co. has asked its clients for liquefied natural gas (LNG) to make payments through a Moscow branch of a European ba. It isis in talks to switch the payment currencies from US dollars.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, a NATO member, was among the foreign leaders with whom President Vladimir Putin has been meeting.
Sergey Lavrov, his senior diplomat, is currently travelling the globe in a private plane, shaking hands, smiling, and posing for pictures with world leaders, including some US allies.
The release of American captives as well as matters pertaining to Ukraine are among the topics that Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he intends to discuss with Lavrov to break months of high-level US diplomatic estrangement on Wednesday. Although the call has not been scheduled, it is anticipated to happen soon.