Russia fires missiles at cities – officials – DW – 10/31/2022

Russian forces fired missiles at several Ukrainian towns, Ukrainian officials said.

Ukrainian authorities said the country had been hit by “more than 50” Russian cruise missiles.

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said the city was cut off from electricity and water following the bombardment.

Authorities reported possible power outages in the northeast city of Kharkiv and the southern city of Zaporizhzhia.

Critical infrastructure objects were also hit in the central Cherkasy region of Ukraine.

Head of Ukraine’s presidential office, Andriy Yermak, said Russian forces “continue to fight with civilian installations”.

“We will persevere and generations of Russians will pay a heavy price for their disgrace.”

“Another batch of Russian missiles hits critical infrastructure in Ukraine,” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted. “Instead of fighting on the battlefield, Russia is fighting civilians.”

“Don’t justify these attacks by calling them ‘retaliation’. Russia is doing this because it still has the missiles and the will to kill Ukrainians,” he said.

Earlier in October, a similar barrage of missile strikes hit multiple targets across the country after an explosion at the Kerch Bridge linked the crime to Russia.

On Saturday, Moscow accused Kyiv of hitting Russia’s Black Sea Fleet in an attack off the coast of Crimea and halted participation in a deal that allowed ships carrying grain to pass safely. Ukrainians. Ukraine has denied carrying out the attack.

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Turkey and UN resume ship inspections in Black Sea, UN spokesperson

Turkish and UN teams have restarted ship inspections under the Black Sea grain export deal, a UN spokesman for the initiative told Reuters news agency.

The UN said it was greedy with Ukraine and Turkey over the plan to move 16 ships on Monday. 12 of the ships are outbound from Ukrainian ports and 4 are inbound.

The organization also plans to inspect 40 ships anchored near Istanbul.

Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov confirmed the movement of the 12 outgoing vessels in a tweet.

“Today 12 ships left Ukrainian ports. The UN and Turkish delegations are providing 10 inspection teams to inspect 40 ships under the Black Sea Grain Initiative. inspection has been accepted by the Ukrainian delegation. The Russian delegation has been informed,” Kubrakov said. .

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara was “committed” to keeping the grain deal working.

“Although Russia acts hesitantly,” Erdogan said, adding, “We will resolutely continue our efforts to serve humanity.”

Meanwhile, the French Minister of Agriculture announced that Paris was working on establishing a land route for Ukrainian crops.

Agriculture Minister Marc Fesneau told French station RMC Radio: “We are looking to see if, if it cannot go through the Black Sea, if it can go through land routes instead,” noting that France is considering land routes through Romania and Poland, in particular.

He stressed that France wanted to develop a grain transit system that does not depend on the goodwill of Moscow.

On Saturday, Russia ended its participation in a UN-brokered initiative for the free passage of Ukrainian grain in what it called an “indefinite period”, citing an alleged Ukrainian drone attack on its fleet of the Black Sea off Crimea.

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