Russia says it has not yet decided whether to

Russia says it has not yet decided whether to extend the grain deal

Cover photo: “Rubymar” freighters carrying Ukrainian grain and “Stella GS” freighters from Ukraine sail at the entrance to the Bosphorus in the Black Sea off Kumkoy north of Istanbul, November 2, 2022. OZAN KOSE / AFP

  • The export of Ukrainian grain could be resumed Wednesday, November 2, after Russia returned to the deal signed in July, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. Moscow said it received “written guarantees” from Ukraine for the demilitarization of the sea corridor used for their transport. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Wednesday evening praised “the importance of the resumption of exports for the whole world”.
  • Moscow suspended its participation on Saturday the Grains Agreement after a naval drone attack on its fleet in the Bay of Sevastopol in annexed Crimea.
  • The United States commended Turkey’s role in the outcome and called for the extension of the agreement originally signed for four months.
  • Despite doubts about whether Moscow would keep its promises, world grain prices immediately began to fall. They had flown away earlier in the week, raising fears of worsening food problems around the world.
  • Despite these advances, fears of a Russian nuclear strike in Ukraine are growing. The United States is “increasingly concerned about this possibility,” said John Kirby, spokesman for the National Security Council. The comments follow a New York Times report that the Russian generals were recently discussing the possible modalities of tactical nuclear strikes in Ukraine.
  • Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov considers Wednesday “irresponsible” that the Western media “deliberately inflate the issue of nuclear weapons”. The day before, former Russian President and current number two on the Russian Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, again raised the nuclear threat.
  • Clashes on the ground continued Wednesday, mainly in eastern Ukraine and the bombing of twenty-five locations, according to the Ukrainian military command. The governor of Donetsk region Pavlo Kyrylenko reported the deaths of four civilians on Wednesday.
  • The one from Zaporizhia in the south, Oleksandr Staroukh, wrote on Telegram that the Russian army is attacking the area around the city, near the nuclear power plant of the same name, without giving any further details. For his part, the chief administrator of Kryvy Rih, also in the south, has reported Russian attacks with kamikaze drones.
  • Ukrainian operator Ukrenergo announced new electricity restrictions on Wednesday while Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko promised to provide a thousand “heating points” for residents.
  • Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russian attacks damaged 40% of Ukraine’s power plants. forcing the country to halt exports to the European Union, where electricity prices are skyrocketing.

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