Zelenskyy will host meetings in Lviv with the UN chief and the Turkish leader.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will use his first visit to Ukraine since the war broke out nearly six months ago . Erdogan and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will focus on coping with the situation at a Russian-occupied nuclear power plant .

LVIV: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will use his first visit to Ukraine since the war broke out nearly six months ago to look for ways to spread the grain export from Europes breadbasket to the worlds needy, and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will focus on coping with the volatile situation at a Russian-occupied nuclear power plant.Both men are being hosted by Ukrainian President Zelenskyy far away from the front lines in the western city of Lviv, where diplomatic efforts to help bring the conflict to a conclusion will also be on the agenda.Russian forces killed at least seven people in additional shelling in and around Ukraine's second-largest city, Kharkiv, according to Ukrainian officials.Erdogan, whose country is a member of NATO and supports Ukraine in the war, is also responsible for a dysfunctional economy that has been increasingly dependent on Russia for trade.

More recently this month, Turkish President Vladimir Putin met with Turkish President Vladimir Putin on the same topics.Erdogan is set to meet Zelenskyy in the early afternoon before being joined by Guterres.Last month, Turkey and the United Nations joined in brokering an agreement, allowing Ukraine to export 22 million tons of corn and other grain that have been frozen in its Black Sea ports since Russia invaded on February 24.Russia and the United Nations signed a memorandum on Wednesday to find out how they could block exports of Russian food and fertilizer to international markets.

Turkey is in a position to accelerate exports, which have been reduced to a smidgeon so far.Grain prices reached their peak after Russia's invasion, and though some have since recovered to prewar levels, they are still significantly higher than before the COVID-19 epidemic.Supply shortages and high prices have hit disadvantaged developing countries particularly hard.Despite the fact that ships are now leaving Russia and Ukraine, the food crisis hasn't ended.

The three leaders also met to discuss the situation at the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine, Europe's tallest facility, which Moscow and Kyiv have accused each other of bombarding, according to him.Zelensky reiterated his call for the Russian military to abandon the site in his nightly video message on Wednesday, stressing that only complete transparency and control of the situation at and around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant for the Ukrainian state, the international community, and the IAEA will guarantee a gradual return to normal nuclear safety.The International Atomic Energy Agency is a United Nations agency.The proposal has been rejected by Russia.

Turkey hosted a round of talks in March between Russian and Ukrainian negotiators, who discussed a potential settlement to end the hostilities.After the meeting in Istanbul, the talks broke apart, with both sides blaming one another.Erdogan has taken on a difficult balancing act, maintaining stable ties with Russia and Ukraine.Turkey has provided Ukraine with drones, which played a vital role in deterring a Russian advance early in the conflict, but it has refused to sign Western sanctions against Russia over the conflict.

Russian gas supplies 45% of Turkey's energy requirements, and Russia's atomic department is constructing Turkeys first nuclear power plant.Putin and Erdogan pledged to strengthen their energy, financial, and other links during their meeting in Sochi this month, raising fears in the West that Ankara will help Moscow escape the US and European Union sanctions.