Ukraine said on Monday that it hoped a United Nations-brokered agreement aimed at alleviating global food shortages by resuming grain shipments from the Black Sea region will be implemented this week.

Moscow dismissed concerns that a Russian missile strike on Ukraine’s port of Odesa on Saturday would undermine the agreement, claiming that the strike had solely targeted military equipment.

FIGHTING

  • According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the total civilian death toll from the Ukraine war is currently 5,237, with over 7,000 injured. The true figures are thought to be far higher.
  • Russia’s Defense Ministry announced the destruction of an ammunition storage for US-made HIMARS missile launchers in Ukraine’s western Khmelnytskyi region. Meanwhile, Ukraine claimed that its HIMARS rockets had damaged 50 Russian weapons stockpiles. Reuters was unable to confirm the reports independently.
  • Russia maintained shelling throughout the whole frontline in the eastern Donetsk region, particularly in the Bakhmut area, damaging at least five houses and injuring one person, according to Ukrainian authorities. Avdiivka and Kramatorsk are two other cities under renewed Russian attack.
  • Ukraine’s military said its soldiers had pushed closer to targets in the Black Sea area of Kherson, where Kiev is waging a counter-offensive.
  • British military intelligence classified the ongoing fighting in the Donbas and Kherson districts as inconclusive.
  • According to Ukraine’s health ministry, at least 18 medical staff were killed, and approximately 900 medical institutions were damaged or destroyed as a result of Russia’s incursion.

ECONOMY, DIPLOMACY

  • The Kremlin said on Saturday that Russian missile strikes in Odesa hit military targets and would have no effect on grain exports.
  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that there are no obstacles to grain exports from Ukrainian ports. He also stated that nothing in Friday’s grain deal prevents Russia from continuing to strike Ukraine’s military facilities.
  • If Ukraine’s ports were not blocked, it could export 60 million tonnes of grain in eight to nine months, according to an economic adviser to the Ukrainian president.

Source: Reuters

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