Ukraine Recap: Zelenskiy Asks EU to End Grain Purchase Bans

(Bloomberg) -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said he told European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen that he wants to normalize his country’s grain exports by next month after several member states were allowed to block purchases.

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Zelenskiy also sought help from Balkan leaders to ensure his country’s access to the Black Sea and protect grain shipments blockaded by Moscow.

Russian missiles struck Zaporizhzhia and also Kryvyi Rih, the home of the country’s biggest steel company owned by ArcelorMittal, according to the Telegram channels of regional governors. The attacks knocked out power to some areas after missiles hit buildings and infrastructure.

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