Day 480 of the Invasion of Ukraine: No Chance for the Grain Deal

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Day 480 of the invasion of Ukraine. Summary of key events in the last 24 hours:

  • Kremlin: The grain deal has no chance
  • Ukraine destroyed a large Russian ammunition depot
  • More than 60 countries are expected to participate in a conference on the reconstruction of Ukraine next week in London
  • Zelensky thanked Ukraine's allies for help with the floods after the explosion at the Kakhovka dam
  • Two people died, one child was injured during Ukrainian shelling of a village in the Zaporizhzhia¬†Oblast


Kremlin: The grain deal has no chance

There is no chance for the extension of the so-called "grain export deal" . Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said this in an interview with "Izvestia". The current deal expires in July.

"It is hardly possible to foresee any final solution to this problem, we can only state that de facto, judging by what we have now - this deal has no chance," announced Peskov.

His words follow a June 13 speech by Vladimir Putin himself, in which the president announced that Russia plans to withdraw from the grain deal.

At the same time, Ukrainian President Zelensky said on June 16 that Russia was blocking Ukrainian seaports to "sell its own agricultural products and to avoid competition from Ukraine."

"Russia did not allow any grain sea corridor until we unilaterally managed to de-occupy our Snake Island and until we received the appropriate weapons to guarantee the security of our ports," Zelensky emphasized.

Ukraine destroyed a large Russian ammunition depot

Ukrainian forces destroyed a large...

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