Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday accused the US of seeking to prolong the conflict in Ukraine. In televised remarks, Putin said Washington is also fuelling "the potential for conflict in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Follow FRANCE 24's live coverage of the Ukraine crisis. All times are Paris time (GMT+2).
10:12am: Dilemma facing Ukrainians if they push 'too hard too soon'
Reporting from Kyiv, FRANCE 24's Rob Parsons says the Ukrainian counteroffensive is currently focused on the southern city of Kherson, the only metropolitan area west of the Dnieper River that the Russians have managed to capture since the February 28 invasion.
But progress has been incremental, Parsons explained, with the Ukrainian forces concentrating on destroying bridges and infrastructure around Kherson to cut Russian supply lines.
"There is a window of opportunity at the moment. If the Ukrainians push their offensive before the onset of the winter, they have a chance of taking the city," said Parsons. "But the dilemma facing Ukraine at the moment is, if they press too hard too soon they could suffer the consequences. They could suffer a heavy military defeat and the effect on the morale of the Ukrainian people would be immense."
9:50am: US seeking to 'prolong this conflict', Putin says
Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused Washington of seeking to prolong the conflict in Ukraine and of fuelling conflicts elsewhere in the world, including in Taiwan.
"The situation in Ukraine shows that the US is trying to prolong this conflict. And they act in exactly the same way, fuelling the potential for conflict in Asia, Africa and Latin America," Putin said in televised remarks.
"The American adventure in relation to Taiwan is not just a trip of an individual irresponsible politician, but part of a purposeful, conscious US strategy to destabilise and make chaotic the situation in the region and the world," he added, referring to the recent Taiwan visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
8:03am: Russia's Black Sea fleet 'struggling to exercise' sea control, says UK
Russia's Black Sea fleet is "struggling to exercise effective sea control" with surface vessels still locked in an extremely defensive posture, according to the daily UK military intelligence briefing posted on Twitter.
Russian patrols are generally limited to waters within sight of the Crimean coast with the Black Sea fleet primarily using long-range cruise missiles to support ground offensives, the statement added.
Turkey says five more grain ships leave Ukrainian ports
7:28am: Turkey says five more grain ships leave Ukrainian ports
Five more ships have left Ukrainian ports carrying corn and wheat, three from Chornomorsk and two from Pivdennyi, under a UN-brokered grain export deal, says Turkey's defence ministry.
It added that four more ships bound for Ukraine were to be inspected on Tuesday by the joint co-ordination centre, set up by Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Nations in Istanbul.
One of the ships leaving on Tuesday was the Brave Commander, carrying the first cargo of humanitarian food aid bound for Africa from Ukraine since Russia's invasion, Refinitiv Eikon data showed.
6:35am: Brave Commander bound for Africa leaves Ukrainian port
The ship Brave Commander has left the Ukrainian port of Pivdennyi, carrying the first cargo of humanitarian food aid bound for Africa from Ukraine since Russia's invasion, Refinitiv Eikon data showed on Tuesday.
The bulk carrier, with 23,000 tonnes of wheat aboard, left for the African port of Djibouti with supplies destined for consumers in Ethiopia, Ukraine's infrastructure ministry said.
"The ministry and the United Nations are working on ways to increase food supplies for the socially vulnerable sections of the African population," it said in a statement.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP and Reuters)