Grain ships sail despite Moscow's pullout from deal; missiles rain on Ukraine - Reuters

  • Missiles hit Kyiv, other cities, knocking out vigor, water
  • Russia exited grain deal after navy ships hit in port
  • Kyiv, West accuse Moscow of the use of meals as weapon
  • KYIV, Oct 31 (Reuters) - Twelve ships carrying grain left Ukrainian ports on Monday despite Russia having a bandoned a U.N.-backed deal to guarantee exports from the struggle zone, suggesting Moscow had stopped wanting reimposing a blockade that could have caused world starvation.

    Air raid sirens blared throughout Ukraine and explosions rang out in Kyiv as Russia rained missiles down in renewed air assaults. Ukrainian officers talked about power infrastructure turned into hit, knocking out vigor and water resources in a couple of areas.

    however the resumption of food exports from Ukrainian ports suggested that as a minimum one dire state of affairs had been averted for now. overseas officials had fea red that Moscow would reimpose a blockade on Ukrainian grain, after Russia announced on Saturday that it turned into withdrawing from the U.N.-backed programme that escorts cargo ships through the Black Sea.

    "Civilian cargo ships can by no means be a defense force goal or held hostage. The meals must circulate," tweeted Amir Abdullah, the U.N. reputable who coordinates the programme.

    shortly after, Ukraine verified that 12 ships had set sail. The 354,500 tonnes of grain they carried became excess of customarily go away in a single day, suggesting a backlog changed into being cleared after expor ts have been interrupted on Sunday.


    Ukraine and Russia are both among the many world's largest exporters of food. for three months, the U.N.-backed deal has assured Ukrainian exports can attain markets, combating what foreign officials had mentioned might have been global famine.

    The information that Moscow changed into pulling out of the deal had sent world wheat expenses soaring with the aid of greater than 5% on Monday morning.

    Moscow pointed out it changed into compelled to pull out of the shipping deal after blaming Kyiv for explosions that damaged Russian navy ships in a Crimean port on Saturday.

    Ukraine has neither established nor denied it was at the back of those blasts however says Russia's navy is a valid armed forces goal. Moscow spoke of the blasts were brought about by way of a fleet of sea and air drones.

    the U.S. accused Russia of the usage of food as a weapon, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy mentioned Moscow turned into "blackmailing the world with hu nger". Russia denied those accusations however talked about that with its naval forces broken it changed into no longer in a position to guarantee safe delivery.

    [1/7] Smoke rises on the outskirts of the metropolis all through a Russian missile attack, as Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine October 31, 2022. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

    The ships that sailed on Monday blanketed one employed by using the U.N. World meals Programme to bring 40,000 tonnes of grain to drought-hit Africa.

    "despite the fact that Russia behaves hesitantly because it didn't obtain the identical merits, we are able to proceed decisively our efforts to serve humanity," Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, who helped mediate the grain deal, talked about in a speech.

    "Our effort to deliver this wheat to international locations dealing with the risk of starvation is clear. With the joint mechanism that we based in Istanbul, we contributed to the aid of a world meals crisis," he said.


    Russia's missile strikes all over the Monday morning rush hour repeated a tactic it has pursued this month of concentrated on Ukrainian civilian infrastructure, mainly power stations.

    Ukraine's leading Minister Denys Shmyhal spoke of 18 targets, mainly energy infrastructure, have been hit in missile and drone strikes on 10 Ukrainian areas.

    "a further batch of Russian missiles hits Ukraine's vital infrastructure. as a substitute of combating on the battlefield, Russia fights civilians," overseas Minister Dmytro Kuleba referred to.

    "Don’t justify these assaults through calling them a 'response'. Russia does this because it nevertheless has the missiles and the desire to kill Ukrainians."

    international ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko mentioned the missiles had led to electrical energy and water outages.

    "Russia is not interested in peace talks, nor in global meals safety. Putin’s simplest intention is loss of life and destruction," he referred to.

    There became no instant response from Moscow.

    The U.S. ambassador to Kyiv, Bridget Brink, tweeted: "Like millions of Ukrainians, our @USEmbassyKyiv group is once again taking shelter as Russia continues its callous and barbaric missile strikes on the people of Ukraine in an effort to go away the nation cold and dark as we approach iciness."

    Reporting by using Reuters bureaux; Writing by way of Michael Perry and Peter Graff editing by using Gareth Jones

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