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Ukraine and Russia: What you need to know right now

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Ukraine was pressing ahead with efforts to restart grain exports from Odesa and other Black Sea ports after a missile attack that cast doubt over whether Russia would honor a deal aimed at easing global food shortages caused by the war.

DIPLOMACY, ECONOMY

* Zelenskiy said Russian missile strikes on Odesa was blatant “barbarism” showing Moscow could not be trusted to implement a landmark new deal to unblock grain exports.

* The U.N., EU, U.S., Britain, Germany and Italy condemned the strikes. Turkey’s defense minister said Russian officials had told Ankara that Moscow had “nothing to do” with the Odesa strikes.

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* A senior U.S. Congressional delegation, including Representative Adam Smith, chair of the House Armed Services Committee, met Zelenskiy in Kyiv and promised to try to ensure continued support in the war.

* The EU is seeking additional gas supplies from Nigeria as the bloc prepares for potential Russian supply cuts, a European Commission energy official said.

FIGHTING

* Ukraine’s defense ministry urged citizens in and around the Russian-occupied southern city of Enerhoder, home to a nuclear power station, to reveal where Moscow’s troops were living and who among the population was collaborating with Russian officials.

* Ukrainian forces are gradually moving into the eastern Kherson region, which was taken over by Russia at the start of the war, Zelenskiy said. The Russian-installed authority said a bridge in had been hit by Western-supplied HIMARS rockets but the bridge still worked, Russia’s TASS news agency reported.

Reuters could not immediately verify the battlefield reports.

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“The Russian missile is Vladimir Putin’s spit in the face of U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Turkish President Recep Erdogan, who went to great lengths to reach an agreement and to whom Ukraine is grateful,” said Ukraine’s foreign ministry spokesperson Oleg Nikolenko.

(Compiled by Grant McCool and William Mallard)



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