There is the agreement on wheat . Today the signing in Istanbul in the sumptuous Dolmabahce Palace, in the presence of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres.

This is the first agreement between Moscow and Kiev since the beginning of the war on 24 February , the great mediator of the agreement signed by the Russian and Ukrainian delegations is the Turkish president.

"Today - said Erdogan himself - is a historic day, we are proud of our role in this initiative that has resolved the world food crisis. Today's agreement concerns all nations of the world, from Africa to Asia, and together we are avoiding the nightmare of global "hunger ".

The agreement concerns the creation of safe corridors from Odessa and two other ports under Ukrainian control, does not provide for military escorts for transport vessels. The agreement will make it possible to deliver at least 25 million tons of wheat to global markets: "In a first phase, ships with food products that were blocked in Ukrainian ports are expected to be unblocked. There are about 80 of them. According to our calculations, this it will help deliver around 25 million tons of wheat to global markets in the coming weeks, "explains a Turkish source.

Kiev specifies that it will sign the agreement with Turkey and the UN, and Russia will do the same, so " there will be no direct agreement between Kiev and Moscow " is keen to underline the office of President Zelensky. But, in fact, it is an agreement involving Ukraine and Russia, the first since the invasion began.

And the price of wheat has already returned to the levels prior to the Russian attack in Ukraine : soft wheat is traded at $ 784.5 for every single contractual unit of 5 thousand bushels (-2.64%), as last February 16. The dynamics of durum wheat are similar (-2.32% to 841.25 dollars per 5 thousand bushels), just below the closing date of 18 February.

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Moscow also signs: agreement opens the way also to export Russian food

"The main objective of the agreement signed is to ensure transparent and regular deliveries of Russian food and fertilizers, including the raw materials for their production, to world markets". This was stated in a note by Foreign Minister Lavrov. "In particular, it aims to remove the obstacles that the United States and the EU have created in the spheres of finance, insurance and logistics, to ensure that these products are specifically excluded from the restrictive measures imposed against our country," he added. Lavrov.


Ukraine has signed the agreement

Ukraine has signed its part of the wheat agreement with Turkey and the UN, as reported by the Ukrainian media '', also picked up by Tass. "Ukraine, Turkey and the UN signed the grain export agreement. The document was signed by the Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure Oleksandr Kubrakov, the Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and the UN Secretary General António Guterres," said the online newspaper claiming that the same document should be signed by the Russians.


Kiev: "Agreement with Turkey and the UN, not with Russia"

Ukraine will sign the wheat agreement with Turkey and the UN, as will Russia. So there will be no direct agreement between Kiev and Moscow. This was stated by the office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, quoted by Tass.


Russian attacks on MKykolayiv

In the early hours of the morning today, Russian forces in Ukraine struck three districts in the region

of Mykolayiv, destroying civilian targets and private homes, according to local authorities cited by Ukrinform. These are the localities of Pervomaysk, Bashtanka and Bereznehuvate. For the moment, no casualties have been indicated, reports Vitaliy Kim, head of the region's military administration, in a post on Telegram.

Pro-Russian separatist regions block Google

Pro-Russian separatist regions in eastern Ukraine block Google. This was reported by the rebel authorities.

The search engine is accused of "promoting" violence against the Russians. Google "promotes terrorism and violence against Russians, especially the population of Donbass. We have decided to block Google on the territory" of Donetsk, said one of the separatist leaders, Denis Pouchiline, in a statement. Yesterday, one of the leaders in Lugansk, Leonid Passetchnik, announced that he had taken the same action.

EU, new sanctions on Russia

Restrictions for another 54 individuals and 10 entities in the new EU sanctions package adopted yesterday by the European Council in response to Russian military aggression against Ukraine. "We put another large Russian bank, Sberbank, on the list and prevent transactions outside of Russia. We are also adding other individuals involved in Russia's unprovoked aggression against Ukraine, such as military officials, the Nightwolves motorcycle club. and disinformation actors, "says High Representative Josep Borrell. In total, the list of sanctions reaches 1,212 individuals and 108 entities.

Zelensky: "We will inflict significant losses on Moscow"

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky noted his army's ability to inflict "significant new losses" on Russian forces in Ukraine. In a video message broadcast late in the evening, after a meeting with his military leaders, Zelensky reported what emerged from the 'staff meeting', in which in particular it was agreed that "there is a significant potential for the advance of our forces in the field. , with the possibility of inflicting significant new losses on the occupants ". The Guardian writes it.

The Russians also deploy reservists in southern Ukraine

Russia deploys reservists in southern Ukraine to counter the Ukrainian defense line. This was reported by Ukrinform citing a post published on Facebook by the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

According to the same report, Russian forces are defending the occupied positions, while bombings are being reported in several places, with advances that the military leaders in Kiev say they have rejected: "Our soldiers immediately repressed all attempts of enemy assault in the areas. directions of Mala Seidemynukha-Andriivka and Davydiv Brid-Bilohirka. The occupants have withdrawn, "it points out.

(Unioneonline / L)

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