Russia-Ukraine war live: US accuses Russia of ‘weaponising food’ after Moscow suspends grain deal | Ukraine

Russia-Ukraine war live: US accuses Russia of ‘weaponising food’ after Moscow suspends grain deal |  Ukraine

US accuses Russia of “weaponizing food” after Moscow suspends grain export deal

The United States has accused Russia of “weaponizing food” after Moscow announced it was immediately suspending implementation of a UN-brokered grain deal that has seen more than 8 million tonnes of grain exported from Ukraine during the war and brought soaring global food prices down.

The Associated Press reported that the Russian Defense Ministry cited an alleged Ukrainian drone strike on Saturday against Russia’s Black Sea Fleet ships moored off the coast of occupied Crimea as the reason for the move.

Ukraine has denied the attack, saying the Russians mishandled their own weapon.

president of the united states, Joe Bidencalled Russia’s suspension of the grain deal “purely outrageous” while the foreign minister, Antony Blinkensaid Moscow was “weaponizing food”.

Blinken said in Washington that the suspension was regrettable and urged “all parties to keep this important, life-saving initiative operating.”

He said in a statement on Saturday night:

Any action by Russia to disrupt this critical grain export is essentially a declaration that people and families around the world should pay more for food or go hungry. By suspending this arrangement, Russia is once again weaponizing food in the war it started, directly affecting low- and middle-income countries and global food prices, exacerbating already severe humanitarian crises and food insecurity.

Ukraine accused Russia of creating a world “Hunger Games”.

Moscow’s declaration came a day after the UN chief, Antonio Guterresurged Russia and Ukraine to renew the grain export agreement, which was scheduled to expire on November 19.

Russia-Ukraine war live: US accuses Russia of ‘weaponising food’ after Moscow suspends grain deal |  Ukraine
Antony Blinken: “Russia is again weaponizing food in the war it started.”
Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP

Key events

The UK Government has been urged to launch an urgent investigation following reports that former Prime Minister Liz Truss his the phone was hacked.

The Mail on Sunday newspaper reported that while Truss was foreign secretary private messages between her and foreign officials, including about the Ukraine war, was hacked.

The newspaper reported agents suspected of working for Russia had been responsible for the alleged hacking, citing unnamed sources. The BBC and Heaven both reported that they had been unable to confirm this.

The breach must have been discovered by the then foreign secretary Panties stood for the Tory leadership this summer, but details were suppressed by then Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Secretary of State Simon Case, The Mail on Sunday claimed.

The opposition parties are demanding an investigation into the alleged attack.

A UK Government spokesperson told PA Media:

We do not comment on individuals’ security arrangements. The government has robust systems in place to protect against cyber threats. It includes regular security briefings for ministers and advice on protecting their personal data and mitigating cyber threats.”

Russia’s ambassador in Washington scolded United States on Sunday for making what he said were false allegations about Moscow’s decision to suspend its participation in a UN-brokered Black Sea grain deal. He repeated claims by British military specialists about alleged involvement in a drone attack in Sevastopol.

“Washington’s response to the terrorist attack on the port of Sevastopol is truly outrageous,” Ambassador Anatoly Antonov said on Telegram. “We have seen no signs of condemnation of the reckless actions of the Kyiv regime,” reports Reuters.

“All indications that the British military specialists were involved in organizing the massive strike using drones are being ignored,” Antonov said. Moscow has not provided evidence for its claim.

Great Britain has rejected Russia’s claims as false. Britain’s Ministry of Defense said Russia’s Ministry of Defense is “peddling false claims of an epic scale” after Moscow accused the British Navy of a “terrorist attack” on Nord Stream gas pipelines and claimed British “specialists” helped with a drone strike in Sevastopol. Britain’s MoD said: “This latest invented story says more about the arguments going on in the Russian government than it does about the West.”

Russia has said its decision to withdraw from the UN-brokered grain export deal comes after a dramatic attack by Ukrainian airborne and underwater drones on its Black Sea naval base in Sevastopol early Saturday.

Social media showed footage of explosions near and in the port of Crimeaand Russia’s Defense Ministry said there had been an attack by “nine unmanned aerial vehicles and seven autonomous sea drones” that began at 04:20.

A ministry spokesman initially said Ivan Golubet’s minesweeper had sustained minor damage, but there was speculation from Russian and Ukrainian sources that the flagship Admiral Makarov may have been hit.

Ukraine has been subject to months of deadly long-range missile attacks, but the attacks have stepped up in the past month as Russia has fired hundreds of Iranian-made Shahed-136 drones into cities and against Ukrainian infrastructure.

Dan Sabbagh in Odesa has the full story:

UN officials have been in contact with Russian authorities over Moscow’s announced suspension of the UN-brokered agreement allowing grain exports from Ukrainian ports.

Stephane Dujarrica spokesman for the UN chief, AntOnio Guterresurged that the agreement be continued.

He said:

It is important that all parties refrain from any action that could jeopardize the Black Sea Grain Initiative, which is a critical humanitarian effort that is clearly having a positive impact on access to food for millions of people.

The Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, called the Russian move “predictable” and accused Moscow of “blocking” ships carrying grain since September. He said 176 vessels were currently backed up at sea, carrying more than 2 million tons of food.

Zelenskiy called for a tough response against Russia from international bodies such as the UN and the G20.

US accuses Russia of “weaponizing food” after Moscow suspends grain export deal

The United States has accused Russia of “weaponizing food” after Moscow announced it was immediately suspending implementation of a UN-brokered grain deal that has seen more than 8 million tonnes of grain exported from Ukraine during the war and brought soaring global food prices down.

The Associated Press reported that the Russian Defense Ministry cited an alleged Ukrainian drone strike on Saturday against Russia’s Black Sea Fleet ships moored off the coast of occupied Crimea as the reason for the move.

Ukraine has denied the attack, saying the Russians mishandled their own weapon.

president of the united states, Joe Bidencalled Russia’s suspension of the grain deal “purely outrageous” while the foreign minister, Antony Blinkensaid Moscow was “weaponizing food”.

Blinken said in Washington that the suspension was regrettable and urged “all parties to keep this important, life-saving initiative operating.”

He said in a statement on Saturday night:

Any action by Russia to disrupt this critical grain export is essentially a declaration that people and families around the world should pay more for food or go hungry. By suspending this arrangement, Russia is once again weaponizing food in the war it started, directly affecting low- and middle-income countries and global food prices, exacerbating already severe humanitarian crises and food insecurity.

Ukraine accused Russia of creating a world “Hunger Games”.

Moscow’s declaration came a day after the UN chief, Antonio Guterresurged Russia and Ukraine to renew the grain export agreement, which was scheduled to expire on November 19.

Russia-Ukraine war live: US accuses Russia of ‘weaponising food’ after Moscow suspends grain deal |  Ukraine
Antony Blinken: “Russia is again weaponizing food in the war it started.”
Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP

Summary

Hello and welcome back to our live coverage of the war between Russia and Ukraine. Here is an overview of the latest developments.

  • The Russian government has written to the UN it suspends the Black Sea Grain Agreement indefinitely which allowed important exports of Ukrainian food supplies. Moscow also called for a related meeting of the UN Security Council in New York on Monday. US President Joe Biden said Russia’s actions were outrageous.

  • UN Secretary General urged Russia and Ukraine to renew the grain agreement which has seen more than 8 million tons of grain exported from Ukraine and reduced global food prices. The agreement between Ukraine and Russia was due to expire on 19 November.

  • This is stated by the British Ministry of Defence Russia’s Ministry of Defense “deals with false claims on an epic scale” after Moscow accused the British Navy of a “terrorist attack” on the Nord Stream gas pipelines and claimed British “specialists” helped with a drone strike in Sevastopol. Britain’s MoD said: “This latest invented story says more about the arguments going on in the Russian government than it does about the West.”

  • Ukrainian power supplies were recovering from coordinated Russian attacks on generating facilities, but there may still be a need for emergency power outages, Volodymyr Zelenskiy said. “Today there are already significantly fewer stabilizations [measures] and emergency power outages … but restrictions are still possible in some cities and districts.”

  • The European Union has frozen Russian assets worth around €17bn (£14.6bn or $17bn) since Moscow invaded Ukraine, according to EU Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders.

  • Up to 100 prisoners of war are said to have been exchanged between Russia and Ukraine. Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Saturday that Ukraine handed over 50 prisoners of war after talks. The Ukrainian Armed Forces account posted on Telegram that “52 Ukrainians returned home” during another “prisoner exchange”.

  • The Ukrainian presidential aide Mykhailo Podolyak has it expressed skepticism about Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter. The billionaire and Tesla boss sparked outrage from Kyiv and praise from Moscow this month when he posted a Twitter poll suggesting Ukraine should permanently cede Crimea to Russia, holding UN-sponsored referendums on the fate of Russian-controlled territory , and that Ukraine agrees to neutrality.

  • Russian-backed forces say they have completed an evacuation of civilians from the central southern Ukrainian city of Kherson. The city had a population of around 288,000 people before the war and was one of the first to fall to Moscow’s troops after the invasion in February. A Russian-installed official in Kherson said at least 70,000 people had left their homes within a week.

  • A mobile app has been developed by Ukrainian volunteers to allow civilians to report sightings of incoming Russian drones and missiles – and hopefully increase the proportion shot down before they hit the ground. The app, ePPO, relies on a phone’s GPS and compass, and a user only needs to point their device in the direction of the incoming object and press a button to send a location report to the military.

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