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Russia’s ‘massive attack’ on Ukrainian energy facilities

Ukraine on Monday accused Russia of another “massive attack” on the country’s energy infrastructure, after officials announced power and water cuts in Kyiv. Meanwhile, Russia’s suspension over the weekend of its participation in the UN-brokered deal to transport Ukrainian grain threatens to deepen a global food crisis. Follow FRANCE 24 for live updates. All times are in Paris time (GMT+2).

1:11 p.m .: Norwegian army steps up security in response to war in Ukraine

The Norwegian army will strengthen the country’s security from November 1 in response to the war in Ukraine, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere said on Monday.

11:07 am: A downed Russian missile fell on a village in Moldova

The Moldovan government says a Russian missile shot down by Ukrainian air defenses fell on a northern village Moldova Monday, but no injuries.

The country’s interior ministry said the missile fell on the village of Naslavcea near the Ukrainian border, destroying the windows of several houses, but “no casualties” were recorded.

10:07 am: Erdogan says Turkey will continue efforts on grain deals after Russia’s hesitation

Turkey will press ahead with Black Sea grain export deal despite Russian hesitation, president says Tayip Erdogan said on Monday after Russia suspended its participation in the initiative over the weekend.

“Even if Russia behaves hesitantly because it has not received the same benefits, we will resolutely continue our efforts to serve humanity,” Erdogan said in a speech.

Separately, a UN spokesman said the first of 40 ship inspections scheduled for Monday was completed in Istanbul waters with a team made up solely of UN personnel and Turks, rather than the previous four-member squads including Russians and Ukrainians prior to Moscow’s suspension.

09:47: Record agricultural volumes leave Ukrainian ports on Monday

A record 354,500 tons of agricultural products were transported by ships leaving Ukrainian ports on Monday as part of the Black Sea grain deal, a spokesman for the Odessa military administration said. .

Russia, which invaded Ukraine on February 24, pulled out of the Black Sea deal for an ‘indefinite period’ on Saturday because it said it could not ‘guarantee the safety of civilian vessels’ traveling as part of the pact after an attack on his ships.

9:42 am: Twelve ships leave Ukrainian ports under Black Sea grain deal, Kyiv says

Twelve ships boarded Ukrainian ports on Monday as part of the Black Sea Grain Initiative, Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov said.

Russia, which invaded Ukraine on February 24, on Saturday suspended its role in the Black Sea deal for an ‘indefinite period’ because it could say it could not ‘guarantee the safety of civilian vessels’ traveling as part of the pact after an attack on its Black Sea. fleet.

“Today 12 ships left Ukrainian ports. The @UN and Turkish delegations are providing 10 inspection teams to inspect 40 ships aiming to fulfill the #BlackSeaGrainInitiative. This inspection plan has been accepted by the Ukrainian delegation. The Russian delegation has been informed,” Kubrakov wrote on Twitter.

9:32 a.m .: Ukraine says it is targeted by “more than 50” Russian missiles

Ukraine said it was targeted by “more than 50” cruise missiles from Russia on Monday morning, causing power cuts in several areas.

“From 7 a.m. on October 31, the Russian occupiers carried out several waves of missile attacks against critical infrastructure in Ukraine,” the Ukrainian military said on Telegram, adding that “more than 50 cruise missiles X-101/X-555 were launched” from Russia. .

8:38 a.m .: “Massive attack” by Russia against Ukrainian energy installations

Ukraine monday accused Russia of a new “massive attack” on the country’s energy infrastructure, after officials announced power and water cuts in the capital.

“Russian terrorists have again launched a massive attack on electrical installations in a number of Ukrainian regions,” Deputy Head of the Ukrainian Presidency Kyrylo Tymoshenko said.

8:33 am: France works on the land route of Ukrainian cultures

France is working to allow Ukraine to export food overland rather than across the Black Sea via Poland or Romania, France’s agriculture minister said on Monday, after Russia pulled out of a crucial export deal amid its war with Ukraine.

“We are trying to find out if, if it cannot go through the Black Sea, if it can instead go through land routes, (…) in particular by examining the land routes passing through Romania and Poland”, Agriculture Minister Marc Fesneau told RMC. Radio.

“We will continue to work for a system that does not put us in the hands and goodwill, or in this case the bad will, of Vladimir Putin,” Fesneau said, referring to the Russian president.

7:57 a.m .: Power cut in Kyiv after Russian strikes

Russian early Monday strikes cut power and water to parts of Kyivthe mayor of Ukrainen capital said.

“An area of ​​Kyiv is without electricity and some areas without water following Russian strikes,” wrote Vitali Klitschko on Telegram messaging.

7:21 a.m.: Series of explosions heard in Kyiv, Reuters witnesses say

A series of explosions were heard in Ukrainian Capital city, KyivMonday morning, according to Reuters witnesses in the city, while regional authorities in northern, eastern and central Ukraine also reported missile strikes.

Russia has stepped up its missile attacks on Ukraine in recent weeks after accusing Kyiv of being responsible for the explosion that damaged the Crimean bridge.

Smoke could be seen rising over Kyiv after about a dozen explosions, witnesses said.

6:35 a.m .: US and China discuss relations and war in Ukraine

US Secretary of State Antoine Blinken and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi discussed the rivalry between the two superpowers and Russia’s war in Ukraine during a call on Sunday, the State Department said.

Senior diplomats spoke of the need to “responsibly manage the competition between our two countries,” Blinken said in a tweet.

They also discussed the need for Beijing and Washington to keep lines of communication open as well as the war in Ukraine, the US State Department said.

“The Secretary discussed the need to maintain open lines of communication and responsibly manage the relationship between the United States and the PRC,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement, adding that Blinken “raised Russia’s war on Ukraine and the threats it poses to global security and the economy.” stability.”

5:50 am: Global food supply at risk as Russia pulls out of grain export deal

RussiaThe weekend rollback of a UN-brokered deal to export Black Sea grain is likely to affect shipments to import-dependent countries, deepen a global food crisis and cause price increases.

Hundreds of thousands of tonnes of wheat earmarked for delivery to Africa and the Middle East are at risk following Russia’s withdrawal, while Ukrainian maize exports to Europe will suffer, said two Singapore-based traders.

Russia Saturday suspension of participation in the UN grain agreement for an “indefinite period”, after what he called a major Ukrainian drone attack on its Black Sea Fleet in Crimea.

Earlier this year, global wheat prices hit a record high and corn rose to a 10-year high as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine fueled a recovery triggered by adverse weather and Covid-19 supply disruptions.

Australia, a major wheat supplier to Asia, is unlikely to be able to fill a supply gap, with shipping slots reserved until February, traders said.

2:57 a.m.: Putin to hold talks with Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders

Russian President Vladimir Poutine will host interviews with the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan On Monday, a month after the worst clashes erupted between enemies in the Caucasus since they entered the war in 2020.

The summit with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev also comes eight months after Putin’s offensive in Ukraine made some Russian allies nervous. The trio will meet at Putin’s initiative in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

The Kremlin said it would focus on discussing the implementation of the agreements reached during the talks under Russialast year’s mediation and “further steps to strengthen stability and security” in the region.

Putin will also speak with each leader alone, Moscow said.

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