Ukrainian farmer braves shelling to harvest fields

STORY: "It is easier to work inside the harvester because you cannot hear the blasts," said Oleksandr as he operated a noisy combine harvester in a field of wheat against the backdrop of black smoke billowing from the Vuhlehirsk thermal electric power plant.

Russian forces, which earlier this month completed the capture of Luhansk province in the Donbas, have intensified attacks on the neighboring Donetsk province.

Moscow aims to take full control of Donbas in eastern Ukraine, much of which was controlled by separatists - labelled Russian puppets by Kyiv - before the war.

Ukraine said on Wednesday that an agreement to resume grain exports blocked by Russia appeared close as Turkey hosted four-way talks

Ukraine and Russia are major global wheat suppliers. Russia is also a large fertilizer exporter and Ukraine a significant producer of corn and sunflower oil.

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