Russia suspends grain exports from Ukraine in response to attacks on its fleet in Crimea

Russia said that Ukrainian forces, with the help of drones, attacked the ships of the Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol


Updated at 5:25 PM.

On Saturday, TASS, citing the Defense Ministry, said Russia had suspended its participation in a UN-brokered agreement to export agricultural products from Ukrainian ports following attacks on ships in Crimea.

Russia said Ukrainian forces, aided by drones, attacked ships of the Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol, the largest city in Russia-annexed Crimea, in the early hours of Saturday.

“Taking into account … the terrorist act of the Kyiv regime with the participation of British experts against the ships of the Black Sea Fleet and civilian ships involved in ensuring the security of the “grain corridor”, the Russian side suspends its participation in the “implementation of agreements for the export of agricultural products from Ukrainian ports,” the ministry said in a statement. “.

The ministry said earlier that the drone strikes on Saturday were largely repulsed with minor damage to a Russian minesweeper.

the head of the United Nations to help, Martin GriffithsOn Wednesday, he said he was “relatively optimistic” that the agreement allowing Ukraine’s grain exports to resume from the Black Sea would be extended beyond mid-November.

Under the July 22 agreement, Ukraine was able to resume exports of grain and fertilizer from the Black Sea, which were halted when Russia invaded its neighbor on February 24. A 120-day Ukrainian export deal was tentatively agreed upon.

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