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Cover image: This photograph taken on August 2, 2022 shows the freighter ‘Razoni’ carrying 26,000 tonnes of corn, off Istanbul, Turkey. OZAN KOSE / AFP
A team of Russian and Ukrainian officials are due to inspect near Istanbul on Wednesday the first shipment of grain exported by Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion, in application of the agreement signed in July between kyiv and Moscow in order to curb the world food crisis. Cereals have already left Ukraine since the start of the Russian offensive, but from Berdiansk (south-east), on the Sea of Azov, an area occupied by the Russians. “Our goal now is regularity. (…) Continuity, regularity is a necessary principle for the consumers of our agricultural production”Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his daily address on Tuesday evening. Mykolaïva town near the front in southern Ukraine, “powerful explosions” were heard around 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Mayor Oleksandr Senkevych said on Telegram. Kherson, the first major city to fall into the hands of the Russian army, on March 3, “the situation remains tense”, noted the Ukrainian presidency. But Ukraine, which is currently waging a counter-offensive in the south, announced on Tuesday that it had taken over 53 localities there. In the same region, the head of the Kryviy Rih military administration, Oleksander Vilkul, reported the death of two civilians who were in a minibus trying to leave the village of Starosillya, in the hands of the Russians. Five other people were evacuated, two of whom were hospitalized with serious injuries. The Ukrainian Air Force said on Tuesday that Russian forces had fired eight cruise missiles from the Caspian Sea on the territory of Ukraine, one of which “hit an air defense complex in the Lviv region”, in the West. The other seven missiles were intercepted, according to this source. “There is no information on possible victims for the moment”, according to the governor of the region. For his part, the Russian Supreme Court on Tuesday ranked the Ukrainian regiment Azovfamous for having defended Mariupol, in the south-east of Ukraine, as “terrorist organization”which could be worth very heavy prosecution to its captured fighters.
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