Russian Forces Bombed Vital Ammonia Pipeline in Ukraine, Threatening Black Sea Grain Export Agreement

A local governor in Ukraine said on Tuesday that Russian forces had repeatedly bombed an ammonia pipeline in the Ukrainian region of Kharkiv, a pipeline that may be vital to extending an agreement allowing the safe export of grain and fertilizers from Black Sea ports, according to Reuters.

The governor of Ukraine’s Kharkiv region, Oleh Sinyhopov, said no leaks were recorded from the bombing, which occurred late Tuesday night and hit the pipeline near the village of Zapadny.

“There is no danger to the lives or health of residents,” Senyhopov added via the Telegram app.

The extension of the Black Sea grain transfer initiative, next July, may depend on the reopening of the pipeline. The agreement was concluded in July 2022 to help tackle a global food crisis.

The ammonia pipeline, the longest in the world, extends for about 2,470 km from the Russian city of Togliatti on the Volga River to three ports on the Black Sea. The pipeline has been out of action since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, in February 2022.

Reuters could not independently verify this news.

And Ukraine announced, on Monday, that it had made gains near the city of Bakhmut, which witnessed great destruction in the east of the country, while reducing the volume of “offensive actions” launched elsewhere on the front, while Russia confirmed that it had repelled major attacks, according to “Agence France Presse”. “

For months, the Ukrainian authorities have confirmed their readiness to launch a major counterattack aimed at forcing the Russian forces to withdraw from the areas they occupy.

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On Monday evening, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky praised the field gains made by his forces near the city of Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine, and mocked the “hysterical” reaction of Moscow, which announced that it had repelled large-scale attacks.

“We see how hysterically Russia responds to all the gains we are making in this sector, to all the sites we control. The enemy knows that Ukraine will win,” Zelensky said in a video message.

And Ukrainian presidential advisor Mykhailo Podolyak said in a sarcastic tweet that Russia is “already actively engaged in repelling a comprehensive attack that has not happened yet.”

“In some sectors, we are carrying out offensive operations,” Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Gana Malyar said on Monday.

The Bakhmut sector is still, according to Kiev, “the focus of combat operations,” after it was the scene of the longest and bloodiest battle in this war, and Moscow said it took control of it in May.

Malyar said that the Ukrainian forces are advancing on the outskirts of this city “on a relatively wide front,” adding, “We are achieving success and occupying the heights.”

It indicated that the Ukrainian forces advanced hundreds of meters in this sector.

The head of the “Wagner” armed group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, confirmed this progress, referring to “the loss of part of the town of Birkhivka,” describing the matter as a “disgrace.”

Russian experts and soldiers expect the Ukrainian forces to step up their attacks to test the waters before launching the major offensive.

And the Ukrainian forces implemented this scenario before, in September 2022, when the Ukrainian army secretly prepared an attack that led to the recovery of almost the entire Kharkiv region (northeast).

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2023-06-07 00:25:02

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