Russia and Turkey announced on Wednesday that Moscow was rejoining the Black Sea Grains Initiative, a UN-brokered deal to ensure the safe passage of cargo ships in and out of Black Sea ports.
Meanwhile, President Volodymyr Zelensky pledged to do everything in his power to provide Ukrainians with electricity and heat this winter after a spate of attacks on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, according to Western officials and analysts. Western officials and analysts say this is Russia’s tactic to deliberately weaken Ukrainians’ will to fight — and survive — as temperatures plummet. Winters in Ukraine are usually rainy and snowy, with temperatures dropping below freezing.
Here’s the latest on the war and its ripple effects across the globe.
4. From our correspondents
While U.S. officials analyzing the conflict in Ukraine say Moscow is unlikely to launch a nuclear operation, Washington doesn’t have many good options when it comes to thwarting Putin’s worst intentions, Karoun Demirjian wrote.
Francesca Ebel contributed to this report.