Facing a global food crisis, Ukraine continues to export grain for the first time since the Russian invasion. The first boat left the port of Odessa on Monday August 1, although Kyiv ruled that it was “too early” to rejoice. Ukraine, meanwhile, claimed to have received a new heavy artillery system, and President Emmanuel Macron spoke with his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, for the first time since June 16.
The first grain ship left Odessa
Ukraine resumed grain exports for the first time since the Russian invasion began six months ago. The shipper “Reason left the port of Odessa for the port of Tripoli in Lebanon. He is expected on August 2 in Istanbul., in Turkey, where it will be examined, informed the Turkish Ministry of Defense. According to Ukrainian authorities, the boat was loaded with 26,000 tons of corn. Cereals have left Ukraine since the Russian invasion on February 24, but from Berdyansk, on the Sea of Azov, an area occupied by the Russians.
This departure took place in accordance with the terms of an international agreement that would have made it possible to alleviate the world food crisis. This text signed on July 22 in Istanbul between Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the United Nations allows the continuation of Ukrainian exports under international supervision.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky feels that he “too early” to rejoice after the resumption of Ukrainian grain exports from the port of Odessa unanimously praised. “Right now, it’s too early to draw conclusions and make predictions”he said in his daily video address. “Let’s wait and see how the deal goes and if security is really ensured.”
kyiv has received new Western arms deliveries
Ukraine says it has received new multiple rocket launch systems from the United States and Germany. A total of four new US HiMars rocket launchers and the first of a batch of German Mars IIs have arrived in Ukraine, Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said on Twitter. kyiv has always called for these armaments, believing that they can change the dynamics of the battlefield.
The United States, meanwhile, has announced it will send new weapons to Ukrainian forces worth $550 million, including ammunition for the war’s all-important rocket launchers. This help comes in particular “include more ammunition for (…) HiMars systems”White House spokesman John Kirby told reporters.
This brings the total amount of military aid provided to Ukraine since President Joe Biden took office to more than $8 billion, he said. The new aid will also include 75,000 155mm shells, the Pentagon said in a statement.
Emmanuel Macron talks to Volodymyr Zelensky
The two leaders spoke by phone for 1h30, for their first exchange since their meeting on June 16 in Kyiv. During the exchange, Emmanuel Macron “Reaffirms its support for the Ukrainian people and their resistance”while saying “his determination to ensure” that “war crimes” WHO “increase” not “don’t go unpunished”announcing the presidency of France.
He again asked Volodymyr Zelensky about “military, humanitarian and economic needs”testifies to him “France’s desire to continue supporting the Ukrainian armed forces so that they can resist Russian aggression”, according to the Elysee. The French president also said “its desire to provide short-term macroeconomic support” in Ukraine, without going into details.
Emmanuel Macron also considered his statements during his recent tour of Cameroon, Benin and Guinea-Bissau, where he warned African countries against “Hybrid Warfare” led by Moscow, especially “the information plan”. The two presidents “agreed to continue their joint efforts to combat Russian disinformation around the world”pointing to the Elysée.
Flowering continues on the ground
On the ground, Russian strikes continued in Ukrainian cities, including Mykolaiv, in the south, where one of the country’s most important agricultural businessmen, Oleksiï Vadatoursky, 74, was killed along with his wife on Sunday. Volodymyr Zelensky paid tribute to a “Hero of Ukraine”.
The town was attacked again on Monday, according to regional governor Vitali Kim, who reported three people dead. “The city is destroyed”he wrote on his Telegram account. “But luckily there were few dead, few injured.” Mykolaiv is near the front in southern Ukraine, where Kyiv forces are conducting a counter-offensive.
In the nearby Kherson region, a city the Russians took on March 3, Ukraine said it had captured 46 occupied localities. AFP reporters also noted heavy Russian shelling in the eastern town of Bakhmout. Three civilians were killed on Sunday in the Donetsk region, including two in Bakhmout, and 16 others were wounded, local authorities said on Monday.