Here are the key events so far on Sunday, July 24.
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- Ukraine’s military reported Russian shelling in numerous locations in the north, south and east, and again referred to Russian operations paving the way for an assault on Bakhmut in the Donbas region.
- Ukraine’s air force command said it had shot down three Kalibr cruise missiles launched by the Russian forces from the Black Sea and aimed at the western Khmelnytskyi region.
- Ukrainian forces are gradually moving into the southern Kherson region, which was taken over by Russia at the start of the war, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said late on Saturday.
- President Zelenskyy said Russian missile strikes on Odesa on Saturday were blatant “barbarism” that showed Moscow could not be trusted to implement the grain deal.
- The United Nations, European Union, United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Italy all condemned the strikes.
- Russia said on Sunday that its cruise missiles had struck military infrastructure at the Odesa port.
- Turkey’s defence minister said on Saturday that Russian officials had told Ankara, which mediated the grain deal along with the US, that Moscow had “nothing to do” with the Odesa strikes.
- A senior US Congressional delegation, including Representative Adam Smith, chair of the House Armed Services Committee, met Zelenskyy in Kyiv on Saturday and promised to try to ensure continued support in the war.
- Ukraine pressed ahead with efforts to restart grain exports from Odesa and other Black Sea ports after the missile attack.
- Ukraine could export 60 million tonnes of grain in eight to nine months if its ports were not blockaded, but Russia’s strike on the port of Odesa showed it will definitely not be that easy, an economic adviser to the Ukrainian president said.
- The EU is seeking additional gas supplies from Nigeria as the bloc prepares for potential Russian supply cuts, a European Commission energy official said.
Source: News Agencies