The Russian gas giant Gazprom announced Monday that it would drastically reduce from Wednesday, to 33 million cubic meters daily, deliveries of Russian gas to Europe via the Nord Stream gas pipeline, arguing the need for maintenance of a turbine.
The German Ministry of Economics, however, claimed that there is no
no technical reason to further reduce deliveries. According to Berlin, this is a
pretext and a decision
Politics to influence Westerners in the context of the conflict in Ukraine.
For his part, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky considered that Russia was carrying out a
open gas war against united Europe and called on her to
retaliate by increasing the penalties.
Westerners accuse Moscow of using the energy weapon in retaliation for the sanctions adopted after the offensive against Ukraine.
Resumption of exports
from this week
At the same time, grain exports blocked in Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24 are expected to resume
from this weekdeclared the Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure Oleksandre Kubrakov, in the wake of an agreement concluded on July 22 in Istanbul between kyiv, Moscow and Turkey, under the aegis of theUN .
In a telephone conversation with Mr Kubrakov, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar expressed the
satisfaction of Turkey to this announcement.
It is important that a first ship can leave as soon as possiblehe estimated.
Work continues intensively at the Joint Coordination Center, he added without giving a date. This center will be responsible for conducting inspections of ships leaving and returning from the Black Sea, as required by Moscow.
According to Mr. Kubrakov, the main obstacle to the resumption of exports is the risk of Russian bombing, as illustrated by the strike that targeted the port of Odessa on the Black Sea, vital for this trade, on Saturday.
Russia said on Monday that its strikes on Odessa targeted military targets and did not hinder the resumption of grain exports. Moscow claimed to have destroyed in this port of southern Ukraine a warship and missiles supplied by the United States.
The bombings on Odessa
only target military infrastructureKremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
Oleksandre Kubrakov for his part called on the guarantors of the agreement, Turkey andUN
If the parties do not guarantee security, it will not workhe warned.
Deputy Infrastructure Minister Yuri Vaskov said the port of Chornomorsk (southwest) would be the first to operate for exports, followed by those of Odessa and Pivdenny (southwest).
The agreement signed on Friday provides for
secure corridors for the circulation in the Black Sea of merchant ships.
It should make it possible to export 20 to 25 million tonnes of cereals blocked in Ukraine and to facilitate Russian agricultural exports, thus reducing the risk of a food crisis in the world.
90% of wheat, corn and sunflower exports from Ukraine were carried out by sea and mainly via Odessa, the main Ukrainian port in the Black Sea, which concentrated 60% of the country’s port activity.
Ukraine and Russia account for around 30% of world wheat exports, and the war has led to a spike in grain and oil prices, which has hit the African continent particularly hard.
The head of Russian diplomacy, Sergei Lavrov, is currently on a visit to Africa to reassure countries heavily dependent on Ukrainian cereals.
No respite in the field
On the ground, the war knows no respite on the fronts of Mykolaiv (south), in the region of Kharkiv (north-east), the second of the big cities of Ukraine, in that of Kherson (south) and in the two pro-Russian separatist territories of Donetsk and Luhansk in the east.
In Kherson, which the Russians captured on March 3, the situation
remains critical with shortages of medicine, food and hygiene products, Dmytro Boutry, head of the regional military administration, said on Monday.
He also assured that Ukrainian forces had regained control of 44 villages in the region and targeted three bridges to complicate Russian logistics.
The Ukrainian army general staff announced in its last point on Facebook on Monday evening that Russian troops had recorded
a partial success near the Vougleguirsk thermal power plant in the Donbass, although they suffered losses while trying to advance towards the Ukrainian stronghold of Bakhmut in the Donetsk region.
In this context, Germany began delivering Gepard anti-aircraft guns to the Ukrainians on Monday.
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Polish PT-91 Twardy tanks have also arrived in Ukraine, Andriy Iermak, the head of the Ukrainian presidential administration, wrote on Twitter on Monday.
As the war entered its sixth month on Sunday, Eurovision 2022 winners Ukraine welcomed the fact that the next contest will take place in the UK, after denouncing in June the decision to withdraw the hosting of the 2023 edition due to the Russian invasion.