Russia ready to extend grain agreement, but only for 60 days.
The Russian delegation, after negotiations with high-ranking UN officials, on Monday, 13 March, announced the admissibility of extending the grain agreement, but only for 60 days.
Sergey Vershinin, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation realeased statment.
"The Russian side does not object to another extension of the Black Sea Initiative after the end of the second term on 18 March, but only for 60 days, emphasising the ‘package’ nature of the Istanbul agreements proposed by UN Secretary-General Guterres," the statement said.
Vershinin said that the further position of the Russian Federation will be determined "depending on the real, not in words, but in actions, progress in our agricultural export normalisation, including bank payments, transport logistics, insurance, the ‘unfreezing’ of financial activities and the supply of ammonia through the Tolyatti-Odesa pipeline."
According to Vershinin, the conversation with the representatives of the UN confirmed that "if the commercial export of Ukrainian products is carried out at a steady pace, bringing considerable profit to Kyiv, then there are still barriers in the way of Russian agricultural exporters."
"The sanctions withdrawals for food and fertilisers declared by Washington, Brussels and London do not work in practice," said the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
Power outages in 4 oblasts due to effects of attacks, rest have no restrictions.
On Monday, March 13, some consumers in Kharkiv and Zhytomyr are still without electricity due to damage caused by the latest massive Russian attack on the infrastructure.
The energy system is being restored after 15 massive missile attacks and 18 drone attacks. Due to the damage caused by the enemy, some consumers in Zhytomyr and Kharkiv are still without electricity supply.
Therefore, network restrictions in Zhytomyr and Kharkiv oblasts may result in the forced use of hourly outage schedules.
The company added that the critical infrastructure of these cities operates mainly from autonomous power sources.
In addition, on 9 March, the enemy continued attacking Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhzhia oblasts, which is why there are emergency power outages in these oblasts. Repair crews are doing everything possible to restore a stable power supply as soon as possible, but the restoration work will take time.
No consumption restrictions have been imposed on the rest of the oblasts, as consumption is covered by current electricity generation.
Russians hit Mykolaiv Oblast: 2 killed, 3 injured, including a child.
Russian troops attacked one of the settlements in Mykolaiv district on 13 March, at about 08:00. As a result, two people have been killed and several more have been wounded.
Preliminary reports indicate that one person has been killed, and there may be more people trapped under the rubble