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Zelenskyy chairs high command meeting: Black Sea grain deal, Russian strikes in focus

Zelenskyy chairs high command meeting: Black Sea grain deal, Russian strikes in focus President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Getty Images)

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy chaired a meeting of the Staff of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief, discussing the establishment of the "grain corridor" and Russian strikes on grain infrastructure.

Zelenskyy stated that three key issues were discussed during the meeting. Firstly, they focused on the current situation and planning of offensive and defensive actions by the Ukrainian military.

Secondly, Ukraine's response to the barbaric Russian strikes on grain infrastructure and cultural heritage was in focus.

And thirdly, the unblocking of the Black Sea and the restoration of the "grain corridor" were discussed.

Additionally, Zelenskyy heard reports from Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valerii Zaluzhnyi, military commanders, and Chief of the Defense Intelligence of Ukraine Kyrylo Budanov, as well as Deputy Prime Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov.

Ukraine's advance

The Ukrainian Armed Forces continue active offensive operations on the Bakhmut, Melitopol, and Berdiansk fronts. In the past week, the Ukrainian forces have liberated 9 square kilometers more in the east and 28.4 square kilometers in the south.

However, the United States National Security Council noted that Russian occupiers have established multiple lines of defense on the occupied territory of Ukraine over the past several months, which is slowing down the advancement of Ukrainian troops.

Overall, Ukraine's Ministry of Defense stated that the counteroffensive is progressing according to plan in terms of effectiveness.