- Gazprom says that stopping the turbines will increase gas cuts for Germany
- The United Nations hopes to export grain within days
- The United States is exploring land routes after the Russian strike
- A fire broke out in an oil depot in the territory occupied by Russia
Kyiv (Reuters) – Russia said it would cut gas supplies to Europe from Wednesday in a blow to countries that have backed Ukraine, while missile attacks in coastal areas of the Black Sea raised doubts over whether Russia would stick to a deal to allow Ukraine to export grain.
The United Nations said the first ships from Ukraine could sail within days under an agreement agreed on Friday, despite a Russian missile attack on the Ukrainian port of Odessa at the weekend, and a spokesman for the military administration said another missile came under fire. Hit the Odessa region on Tuesday morning.
High energy costs and the threat of starvation facing millions in poor countries show how Europe’s largest conflict since World War II, now in its sixth month, has had an impact beyond Ukraine.
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European Union countries are set to agree, Tuesday, to a weak emergency proposal to curb their demand for gas, as they try to distance themselves from Russian energy and prepare for a possible shutdown. Read more
On Tuesday, the Ukrainian military announced Russian cruise missile strikes in the south and that Ukrainian forces had hit enemy targets. Serhiy Prachuk, a spokesman for the Odessa military administration, told a Ukrainian TV channel that a missile fired from the direction of the Black Sea hit the region, but did not provide any information on casualties.
East Odessa along the Black Sea coast, port infrastructure in Mykolaiv was damaged in an attack, according to Mayor Oleksandr Senkevich.
The Russian Defense Ministry did not immediately respond to an out-of-hours request for comment.
A major fire broke out at an oil depot in the Budyonovsky district of the Russian-backed Donetsk People’s Republic in eastern Ukraine after Ukrainian forces shelled the province, Russia’s TASS news agency reported, citing a reporter at the scene. There were no reports of injuries or injuries.
Russian energy giant Gazprom (GAZP.MM)Citing instructions from the industry watchdog, he said on Monday that the flow of gas to Germany through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline would drop to 33 million cubic meters per day from Wednesday.
This is half of the current flows, which is already only 40% of the normal capacity. Before the war, Europe imported about 40% of its gas and 30% of its oil from Russia. Read more
The Kremlin says the gas outages are caused by maintenance issues and Western sanctions, while the European Union accuses Russia of energy blackmail.
Politicians in Europe have repeatedly said Russia may turn off gas this winter, a move that would push Germany into recession and hurt consumers already hit by rising inflation.
Moscow says it is not interested in a complete halt to gas supplies to Europe.
Adding to energy concerns, Ukraine’s state pipeline operator said Russian gas giant Gazprom (GAZP.MM) Without prior notice, the pressure increased sharply in the pipeline that passes through Ukraine to deliver Russian gas to Europe. Read more
The Ukrainian company said such pressure surges could lead to emergencies including pipeline ruptures, and pipeline operators are required to inform each other about them in advance. Gazprom could not be reached for comment.
Before the invasion and subsequent sanctions, Russia and Ukraine accounted for nearly a third of global wheat exports.
Officials from Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Nations agreed on Friday that there would be no attacks on merchant ships passing through the Black Sea to Turkey’s Bosphorus Strait and in markets. Read more
Moscow raised concerns that Russia could be derailed by a Russian attack on Odessa on Saturday, saying it targeted only military infrastructure.
The White House said the strike cast doubt on Russia’s credibility and that it was watching closely to see whether commitments were met.
“We will also continue to actively explore other options with the international community to increase Ukrainian exports via land routes,” she said.
The Russian Black Sea Fleet has prevented grain exports from Ukraine since the invasion of Moscow on February 24. Moscow blames Western sanctions for slowing its exports of food and fertilizer, and Moscow blames Ukraine for mining its ports.
Under Friday’s agreement, pilots will guide ships along safe channels through naval minefields. Read more
A Ukrainian government official said he hopes the first shipment of grain will be shipped from Chornomorsk this week, with shipments from other ports within two weeks.
Zelensky was adamant about resuming trade and said, “We’ll start exporting, and let partners take care of security.”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, during a tour of African countries, said that there are no obstacles to the export of grain and nothing in the agreement prevents Moscow from attacking military infrastructure.
The Kremlin also said the United Nations must ensure that restrictions on Russian fertilizers and other exports are lifted for the grain deal to succeed.
The Kremlin says it is engaged in a “special military operation” to disarm and “disarm” Ukraine. Both Kyiv and Western countries say the war is an unjustified act of aggression.
Thousands of civilians died and millions fled during the war. Artillery shells and Russian air strikes destroyed cities.
With Western arms bolstering the Ukrainians, Putin’s forces are making slow progress, but they are believed to be preparing for a new push in the east.
Ukraine said on Monday its forces had used US-supplied HIMARS missile systems to destroy 50 Russian munitions depots since receiving the weapons last month.
Russia has not commented, but its Defense Ministry said its forces destroyed an ammunition depot for HIMARS systems. Read more
(This story is corrected to include the dropped word)
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