- by theguardian
- 29 Mar 2023
The Kremlin has said it will rejoin the UN-administered grain export corridor from Ukraine, after pulling out last weekend following a drone attack on Russian warships in the port of Sevastopol.
Waves of Russian missiles slammed into hydroelectric plants and other critical energy and water infrastructure across Ukraine throughout the week, with explosions reported near the capital, Kyiv, and in at least 10 other regions.
Dan Sabbagh asked whether the boat drone attacks herald a new type of warfare.
Dan Sabbagh visited the port city in southern Ukraine that has been relentlessly targeted by Russia since March. There have been only 25 days without shelling, officials say, and 148 civilians have been killed, including, earlier this month, an 11-year-old boy.
The leaders of the Wagner Group, the Russian mercenary group answerable to Putin, now have as much political influence in the Kremlin as the foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, and the defence minister, Sergei Shoigu, a prominent Russian dissident and former political prisoner has told a British parliamentary group.
Patrick Wintour reported that founder Yevgeny Prigozhin had as much access to Putin as the formal government officials, according to dissident Mikhail Khodorkovsky. He said Prigozhin was behind the recent appointment of General Sergey Surovikin to head the military operation in Ukraine and was working in close conjunction with Surovikin.
Meanwhile, Putin appeared to have allowed for future waves of mobilisation after declining to end a decree that has called up tens of thousands of Russians to fight in Ukraine.
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