In a video released on social media and reported by the operational command South, a Russian radar system can be seen exploding into a fireball. Shot from above, the radar system, positioned on the outskirts of a wooded area, bursts into flames after a successful Ukrainian strike, after which a plume of white smoke can be seen billowing from the remains. There are then two successive explosions, targeting military vehicles hidden in the forest. It comes as Russia claimed it was shipping up to 7,000 tonnes of grain per day from the southern region.
The Russian-controlled part of Zaporizhzhia is transporting up to 5,000 tonnes of grain per day by railway and between 1,500 and 2,000 tonnes per day by vehicle, Yevgeny Balitsky, the head of the Russian-installed administration there said on social media.
He said supplies should rise when the Russia-controlled Ukrainian port of Berdyansk on the Azov Sea starts handling grain soon.
“The issue is about to be resolved, and we will also start loading dry cargoes to Turkey. Farmers will be able to sell their grain to Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the Middle East, Egypt – the standard markets,” Mr Balitsky added.
Ukraine has accused Russia, the world’s largest wheat exporter, of stealing grain from territories that Russia’s army has seized since Moscow sent troops to Ukraine on February 24.
In July, Mr Balitsky said the Russian-controlled part of Zaporizhzhya had reached deals to sell grain to Iraq, Iran and Saudi Arabia.
The territory has harvested 1.5 million tonnes of grain, Mr Balitsky said on Saturday, adding it was yet to obtain fertilisers for the upcoming sowing season.
And two more ships carrying grain have left Ukraine’s Chornomorsk port, Turkey’s Defence Ministry said on Saturday, bringing the total number of vessels to leave Ukraine’s Black Sea ports under a UN-brokered grain export deal to 27.
The Zumrut Ana and MV Ocean S, which are authorised to depart on August 20, were loaded with 6,300 tonnes of sunflower oil and 25,000 tonnes of wheat respectively, the joint coordination centre set up to enable safe passage said in a statement.
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Ukraine’s Sea Ports Authority said on Saturday three Ukrainian seaports had begun loading food onto seven ships, which would deliver 66,500 tonnes of wheat, corn and sunflower oil to consumers.
Ukraine’s grain exports have slumped since the start of the war because its Black Sea ports – a vital route for shipments – were closed, driving up global food prices and prompting fears of shortages in Africa and the Middle East.
At the end of July, three Black Sea ports were unblocked under a deal between Moscow and Kyiv, brokered by the United Nations and Turkey.
The Authority said on Facebook the port of Chornomorsk had moored the bulk carriers Andan Toplak, Filyoz and Maranta, while Odessa port had begun loading the Ganosaya and Kubrosli Y.
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