Lviv/Moscow, Oct 23 (EFE).- A United Nations-chartered vessel carrying 40,000 tons of wheat has departed from Ukraine en route to war-ravaged Yemen, the Ukrainian ministry of infrastructure confirmed Sunday.
The ministry said that six more ships loaded with tons of agricultural products have also set sail to Asian and European countries from ports in the Ukrainian region of Odesa.
Ukraine has alleged that Russia has deliberately delayed implementing the Black Sea Grain Initiative, saying ports in war-torn Ukraine have been operating at only up to 30% of their capacity in recent days.
In July, the warring parties reached an agreement under UN and Turkish mediation to open up exports of food products and grains from Ukrainian ports.
Since August 1, some 380 ships have exported 8.5 million tons of agricultural products to countries in Africa, Asia and Europe from Odesa.
Back on the frontline, Russia claimed it has begun setting up lines of defense in the cities of Kursk and Belgorod near the border with Ukraine, as well as the annexed region of Luhansk.
“Work was completed this week on the staffing and construction of two reinforced defense lines in the Kursk Region,” governor Roman Starovoit wrote in a Telegram post on Sunday.
He highlighted that the work was carried out jointly by the Russian defense ministry and the Kursk regional office of the border service.
“We are ready to repel any encroachments on our territory,” Starovoit said.
On Saturday, the Belgorod governor posted pictures of anti-tank weapon systems and pyramid-shaped concrete blocks to prevent the movement of mechanized armored advances.
In the Ukrainian city of Kherson, at least one person was killed and three others injured after Ukrainian forces conducted a “terrorist attack” there, the pro-Russian health ministry said.
Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu claimed Sunday that Ukraine was planning to set off a bomb made with radioactive material, during a phone call with his French and Turkish counterparts.
Shoigu voiced “concerns about possible provocations by Ukraine with the use of a ‘dirty bomb’,” the defense ministry said in a statement.EFE