Kiev’s mayor said water and electricity had been restored to residents after “massive” missile strikes on the capital by Russian forces. Meanwhile, Russian-installed officials in Ukraine’s southern Kherson region announced the extension of an evacuation zone further from the Dnipro River, saying Ukraine may prepare to attack the Kakhovka dam and flood the region. Follow our live blog for the latest developments in the war in Ukraine. All times are local time in Paris (GMT+1).
8:19 am: Water, power supply restored in Kyiv after missile attack
Water and electricity supplies have been restored in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, a day after being knocked out by Russian missile strikes, the city’s mayor said on Tuesday.
“The water supply to the homes of Kiev residents has been fully restored… The electricity supply in Kyiv has also been restored,” Vitali Klitschko said on social media.
8:08: Russian missiles hit apartment complex in Mykolaiv
Russia fired four missiles at the southern Ukrainian port city of Mykolaiv overnight, demolishing half an apartment building and killing one resident, a day after it unleashed a barrage of missiles at several cities, including the capital Kyiv.
Rescue workers retrieved the body of an elderly woman from the rubble of the apartment building early on Tuesday, Reuters witnesses said.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin said missile strikes on several Ukrainian cities on Monday that targeted infrastructure and a decision to freeze participation in a Black Sea grain export program were in response to a drone attack on Moscow’s navy in Crimea that he blamed on Ukraine.
07:24: Turkey says Black Sea grain export deal must be kept separate from war in Ukraine
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar told Ukraine’s defense and infrastructure ministers that it was important to keep the Black Sea grain export deal going and that, as a humanitarian initiative, it should be kept separate from the conflict in Ukraine.
Akar’s comments, released in a statement by his ministry on Tuesday, followed Russia’s suspension of its participation in the deal brokered by the United Nations and Turkey in July aimed at keeping food commodities flowing to world markets.
Akar also told his Russian counterpart on Monday that Moscow should reevaluate its decision.
07:15: Russia expands the evacuation zone in the Kherson region
Russian-installed officials in Ukrainesouthern Kherson region said late Monday it was extending an evacuation zone further from the Dnipro River, saying Ukraine may prepare to attack the Kakhovka dam and flood the region.
In a post on Telegram, Vladimir Saldo, the Russian-backed head of the region partially occupied by Russian forces, said he is expanding the area covered by an order for civilians to evacuate by another 15 kilometers to include seven more settlements.
(FRANCE 24 with AP, AFP, REUTERS)