Russia hits Ukrainian infrastructure with missiles. Ukraine is sticking to the grain deal despite Russia’s unilateral withdrawal.
On Monday, Russia again shelled Ukraine extensively, including the capital Kyiv. After 50 rockets fell across the country on Monday, many areas were without electricity and running water for several hours. 80 percent of the residents of Kyiv are without water, said Vitali Klitschko, Mayor of Kyiv, on his Telegram channel.
At 7 a.m., Russia began attacking Ukraine in several waves. According to the Ukrainian army, the cruise missiles are said to have been fired primarily from the north of the Caspian Sea and from the Volgodonsk region.
At the same time, there is little sign of despair in Ukraine. Yuri Ignat, spokesman for the Air Force Command of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, told RBK-Ukraina that 80 percent of the missiles destroyed Ukraine’s air defenses. This means that the Ukrainian air defense has set a new record in repelling air attacks.
However, in addition to Kyiv, power plants in other regions were also hit by Russian missiles. For several hours there was no water in Kharkiv and Zaporizhia. Among other things, a factory was destroyed in Kryvyi Rih, reports the head of the local military administration, Oleksandr Vilkul. At the same time, he warned the population of possible new rocket attacks.
Grain corridor without Russia
The Chernivtsi region was also attacked for the first time on Monday. The head of the Chernivtsi regional administration, Ruslan Zaparaniuc, reported damage to critical infrastructure. A hydroelectric power station in the Bukovyna had been shot at. According to Prime Minister Denys Schmyhal, hundreds of towns were without electricity for hours.
Meanwhile, Turkey has declared that it intends to implement the grain agreement with Ukraine and the UN that Russia has canceled without Moscow’s participation. On Saturday, Russia informed the UN Secretary-General that it would suspend its participation in the agreement. According to the Russian explanation, the decision to take this step followed the recent explosions in Sevastopol, for which Ukraine and Great Britain are blamed.
According to Ukrainian sources, grain ships from Odessa, Chornomorsk and Pvdenny will continue to have safe passage through the Black Sea. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said Hurriyet Daily News emphasizes that the grain agreement is formulated in such a way that it can also be implemented without Russia. Turkey, Ukraine and the United Nations could inspect ships en route to and from Ukraine without Russian inspectors. This was announced by the joint coordination center in Istanbul responsible for the implementation of the grain deal. According to the Joint Coordination Center, Kyiv, Ankara and the UN agreed to launch 14 more ships on their way to the Black Sea on Monday.
Criticism from an unexpected quarter
With its unilateral cancellation of the grain deal, Russia is endangering the planned voyage of 218 ships, the BBC’s Ukrainian service quotes the Ukrainian Ministry of Infrastructure as saying. So far, according to the BBC, over 9 million tons of grain have been exported thanks to the grain deal.
Meanwhile, Nina Khrushchev, great-granddaughter of Nikita Khrushchev and Professor of International Relations at New York’s New School, in an article published in the Ukrainian portal NV on the viewthat the situation today is more explosive than 60 years ago during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Blame is mainly on Vladimir Putin, who has brought the world to the brink of the abyss and who obviously cannot take a step back, as Nikita Khrushchev did at the time. The Kremlin learned nothing from the events of 1962.
Now all diplomatic activities are taking place in back rooms, bridges for pragmatic talks have been broken. Putin accuses the West of every sin, even Satanism. On the other hand, US President Joe Biden has gone so far as to advocate regime change in Russia. Khrushcheva said the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, is demanding nothing less than a victory for Ukraine on the battlefield.