UK intelligence shows that Russia may mine Ukraine's Black Sea civilian ship corridor
UK intelligence suggests that Russia intends to lay sea mines on the approaches to Ukrainian ports
This was reported by the British Foreign Affairs Ministry.
Russia may continue to target civilian shipping in the Black Sea, including by laying sea mines on the approaches to Ukrainian ports.
UK intelligence believes that Russia is trying to endanger civilian ships passing through the 'humanitarian corridor' to curb Ukrainian grain exports. This would allow Russia to put pressure on Ukraine's economy.
"Russia almost certainly wants to avoid openly sinking civilian ships, instead falsely laying blame on Ukraine for any attacks against civilian vessels in the Black Sea," the statement says.
The UK has reportedly published intelligence to expose Russia's tactics to prevent any such incident.
Information on the grain corridor
On 17 July, Russia announced the termination of the grain deal. In response, Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that it was necessary to continue using the grain corridor even despite Russia's withdrawal from the agreement.
On August 4, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov said that Ukraine would send ships with its own grain to wherever it deems necessary and would not ask anyone for permission.
On August 10, the Ukrainian Navy announced a temporary humanitarian corridor for merchant ships sailing to and from Ukrainian ports.
On September 28, Ukraine planned to open a new railroad corridor for grain exports.