Russia blames Ukraine for drone attack on Crimean fleet in Black Sea. A few days later, on Monday, Russia detonated several explosions in Kiev.
At least five explosions were heard in the Ukrainian capital between 8:00 a.m. and 8:20 a.m. local time, AFP reporters said.
Earlier on October 10 and 17, several drone attacks were carried out in Kiev.
After Monday’s explosion, Mayor Vitali Klitschko said in a telegram message that “an area of Kiev is without electricity and some areas are without water after the Russian attack.”
The attack in Kiev came shortly after the withdrawal of the grain agreement with Ukraine.
A July deal brokered by Turkey and the United Nations between warring nations Russia and Ukraine to unlock grain exports is crucial to easing the global food crisis caused by the conflict.
“A bulk carrier carrying 40 tons of grain was scheduled to leave a Ukrainian port today,” Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov tweeted. These foodstuffs were intended for Ethiopians who were on the brink of famine. But exports are impossible due to Russia’s blockade of the ‘grain corridor’.
The treaty established a corridor through which merchant ships would sail to Istanbul for inspection. Ukraine has already been allowed to export more than nine million tons of grain, and the deal was due to be renewed on November 19.
But Russia announced on Saturday it would pull out of the deal after accusing Kiev of a ‘massive’ drone attack on its Black Sea fleet. But Ukraine called it a ‘false pretext’.
US President Joe Biden called the move ‘purely outrageous’, while Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said Moscow was ‘using food as a weapon.’
The Russian Defense Ministry alleged on Sunday that the attacking drones had “Canadian navigation modules” and were “flying over the safe zone of the grain corridor”.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed ‘deep concern’ over the situation on Sunday. His spokesman said he had delayed his departure for the Arab League summit in Algiers by a day to focus on the issue.
On Sunday, the EU called on Russia to reverse its decision.
No vehicles will pass through the security corridor on Sunday, the deal’s logistics coordination center said in a statement. A joint agreement on inbound and outbound shipping could not be reached on 30 October. More than 10 ships, both outbound and inbound, are waiting to enter the corridor.’