Live: Ukrainian minister says Black Sea grain deal to be extended by 120 days

Ukraine’s infrastructure minister said Thursday that the Black Sea grain export deal reached in July would be extended by 120 days. Follow our live blog for the latest developments. All times are Paris time (GMT+1).

8:50 a.m.: Russian missile attacks on Ukrainian gas production facilities

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said new Russian missile strikes on Thursday targeted gas production facilities and a missile facility, the Interfax Uktraine news agency reported.

“Missiles are flying over Kyiv right now. Now they are bombing our gas production (facilities), they are bombing our companies in Dnipro and Yuzhmash (missile factory),” he was quoted as saying at a conference.

08:15: Ukraine minister says Black Sea grain deal to be extended by 120 days

Ukraine’s infrastructure minister said Thursday that the Black Sea grain export deal reached in July would be extended by 120 days. The minister, Oleksandr Kubrakov, gave no further details.

His comments could not immediately be independently confirmed.

The July deal has helped avert a global food crisis by allowing the export of food and fertilizer from several of Ukraine’s Black Sea ports blocked by Russia.

“The #BlackSeaGrainInitiative will be extended for 120 days,” he wrote on Twitter, calling it “another important step in the global fight against the (global) food crisis.”

07:36: Russian missile hits Odesa, Ukrainian authorities say

Ukraine’s southern port city of Odesa was hit by a Russian missile on Thursday morning, Ukrainian authorities said.

Ukrainian media also reported a series of explosions in the city of Dnipro.

06:47: Russia’s media watchdog blocks the Novaya Gazeta website

Russia’s media watchdog on Thursday blocked access to the website of the independent news site Novaya Gazeta.

Novaya Gazeta suspended publication on its website, social media and in print in March in response to strict new censorship laws imposed by Russia.

In July, media watchdog Roskomnadzor also blocked a new Novaya Gazeta website launched in Europe by staff linked to the paper, and in September a court revoked Novaya Gazeta’s media license.

06:32: Biden disputes Zelensky’s statement that the missile that landed in Poland was not Ukrainian

US President Joe Biden on Thursday disputed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s statement that a missile that landed in Poland on Tuesday, killing two people, was not of Ukrainian origin.

“That’s not the evidence,” Biden told reporters at the White House upon returning from a trip to Asia.

06:01: Ukrainian investigators find bodies with signs of torture in Kherson

Investigators in Ukraine’s southern Kherson region have uncovered 63 bodies with signs of torture after Russian forces left the area, Ukrainian Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky was quoted as saying early Thursday.

“Now 63 bodies have been discovered in the Kherson region, but we must understand that the search has only started so many more dungeons and burial sites will be revealed,” Interfax Ukraine’s news agency quoted Monastyrsky as saying on national television.

Monastyrsky said law enforcement agencies had discovered 436 cases of war crimes during Russia’s occupation. Eleven places of detention had been discovered, including four where torture had been practiced.

“Investigators are currently examining them and putting down every case of torture. Exhumations are also taking place of the bodies of those who were killed,” Monastyrsky told national television, according to Interfax.

Andriy Kovalenko, a prosecutor at the Kherson regional prosecutor’s office, told the New York Times that testimonies had been collected about 800 detentions of Russians in the region. He said the most common types of abuse suffered by prisoners were electric shocks, beatings with plastic or rubber nightsticks and suffocation by pinching the breathing tube of a gas mask placed over a prisoner’s head.

(FRANCE 24 with AP, REUTERS and AFP)

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