Russia suspends participation in Ukraine grain export deal

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Russia has suspended participation in a UN-brokered deal to export agricultural produce from Ukrainian ports following attacks on ships in Crimea, TASS quoted the defence ministry as saying on Saturday. Follow FRANCE 24's live blog for all the latest developments. All times are Paris time (GMT+2).

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10:09pm: Ukraine electricity supplies recovering after Russia attacks says Zelensky

Ukrainian electricity supplies are recovering after concerted Russian attacks on generating plants but emergency blackouts may still be needed, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Saturday.

In recent weeks Russia has focused drone and missile attacks on power facilities across the country, destroying more than 30% of generating capacity, and prompting widespread restrictions.

"Today there are already significantly fewer stabilization (measures) and emergency blackouts ... but restrictions are still possible in some cities and districts," Zelenskiy said in a video address.

8:30pm: EU warns against unilateral actions that would endanger Ukraine grain deal

The European Union supports UN-led efforts to keep the Ukraine grain deal alive, a spokesperson said on Saturday, after Moscow announced it was pulling out of the agreement.

A top Ukrainian official on Saturday ruled out any deals with Russia as long as the war continued, saying Moscow would use a halt in fighting to regroup its forces and gather resources.

Ukraine's foreign minister accused Moscow of using a "false pretext" to suspend its participation in the Black Sea grain corridor on Saturday.

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