UN, Turkey and Ukraine agree to unblock 16 grain ships under grain deal

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The United Nations, Turkey and Ukraine reached an agreement on Sunday to unblock 16 grain ships in Turkish waters on Monday, a day after Russia announced the suspension of its participation in the agreement on grain exports from Ukrainian Black Sea ports. Read about the day’s events as they unfolded on our live blog. All times are Paris time (GMT+2).

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10:22pm: JCC: Russia suspends role inspecting grain ships in Istanbul

Russia has suspended its participation in the inspection of cargo ships carrying Ukrainian grain, the Joint Coordination Centre, the body overseeing the deal, said late Sunday.

The announcement came a day after Russia suspended its participation in a landmark agreement that allowed vital grain exports to resume.

9:55pm: Zelensky: Ukrainian forces repel offensive in Donetsk region

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Sunday that Ukrainian forces had repelled a "fierce offensive" by Russian troops in the eastern Donetsk region.

Zelensky said a military unit from Chop in western Ukraine had undertaken the action, but did not say where the clash had occurred.

The United Nations, Turkey and Ukraine agreed on Sunday on an October 31 movement plan for 16 vessels that are in Turkish waters, a day after Russia suspended its participation to the Black Sea grain initiative that allowed food exports from Ukrainian ports.

A total of 218 vessels are "effectively blocked" due to Russia's decision to suspend its participation in a grain export deal, Ukraine's infrastructure ministry said on Sunday.

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