The head of EU foreign policy expressed optimism that an agreement between Russia and Ukraine might be reached this week to facilitate grain exports from the nation’s war-torn territory and prevent a worldwide food crisis.
While the EU’s foreign ministers were meeting in Brussels, Josep Borrell told reporters, “I have a hope that this week it will be possible to reach an agreement to deblock Odesa and other Ukrainian ports.”
The remarks were made the day before Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey, met with Vladimir Putin to discuss attempts to expedite grain imports from Ukraine through the Black Sea.
The actions are being taken as the battle enters a serious new stage, with orders to Russian soldiers to intensify fighting in all directions and target Ukraine’s long-range weaponry.
In recent weeks, Ukraine has attacked Russian ammo stockpiles, supply routes, and logistical hubs behind the front lines using cutting-edge HIMARS systems supplied by the US.
The eastern Donbas has been the focus of Russia’s military assault, but the recent attacks also affected regions in the north and south. The second-largest city in Ukraine, Kharkiv, has recently experienced particularly intense bombardments, and Ukrainian authorities and local commanders have expressed concerns that a second full-scale Russian attack on the northern city may be imminent.
At the same time, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy encouraged Ukrainians to resist Russian attempts to frighten people with predictions of terrible impending missile assaults, which he claimed were meant to divide Ukrainian society.
In his weekly video message to the country, he stated that “information weapons may sometimes accomplish more than actual weapons.”