The leaders of the G-7 group of the world's most developed economies will hold an emergency meeting Tuesday to discuss Russia's war in Ukraine, following coordinated Russian missile strikes on civilians targets in cities across the country.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is also expected to speak at the meeting, which will be held over secure video.
Top officials in the United States, European Union and at the United Nations expressed shock and horror Monday over the strikes, which Zelenskyy said had killed at least 14 people and injured 97 more.
President Joe Biden said the attacks "once again demonstrate the utter brutality" of Russian President Vladimir Putin's war on Ukraine.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was "shocked" by the attacks, saying through a spokesman that they represented an escalation of the war.
In addition to the human toll, the strikes damaged significant parts of Ukraine's energy grid, prompting the nation's energy ministry to announce it would halt exports of electricity to the European Union starting Tuesday.
Russia's missile strikes came just two days after a blast destroyed part of Russia's Kerch Bridge, the only bridge linking Russia to the Crimean peninsula, which Moscow illegally annexed in 2014.
Seven vessels depart Ukraine carrying more than 55,000 metric tons of agricultural products
The organization overseeing the export of agricultural products from Ukraine said it has approved seven vessels to leave the besieged country.
The Black Sea Grain Initiative, a deal among Ukraine, Russia, the United Nations and Turkey, said the vessels are carrying 55,750 metric tons of grain and other crops.
Five ships are destined for Turkey and are carrying corn, wheat and soybeans. One ship will depart from Ukraine's Yuzhny-Pivdennyi port for Egypt and is carrying 7,600 metric tons of soya beans. The seventh vessel will sail from Israel from Chornomorsk and is carrying rapeseed meal.
Read more about the Black Sea Grain Initiative here.
— Amanda Macias
Zelenskyy will address G7 after Russian missiles rock Ukrainian cities
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will address a virtual emergency G7 leaders meeting on Tuesday after Russian missile strikes rocked Ukrainian cities.
Since Russia's late-February invasion of Ukraine, the G7 has imposed a slew of coordinated sanctions against Moscow. The group kicked Russia out of the G8 following its illegal annexation of Crimea in