Putin is waging a ‘gas war’ against Europe, says Zelenskyy
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with participants of the national Bolshaya Peremena competition for schoolchildren, via video link in Moscow, Russia, July 20, 2022.
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said Russian President Vladimir Putin is waging a “gas war” against Europe.
“Russia is not going to take over the gas supply to European countries, as it is contractually bound to do. And this is an open gas war, which Russia is waging against a united Europe,” Zelenskyy said during the talk. a late-night talk on the Telegram messaging app. .
“They don’t care what will happen to people, how hungry they will be due to blocked ports or winter cold and poverty,” Zelenskyy said, adding that Russia was indulging in ” different forms of terror”.
He also called on world leaders to sever trade ties with Russia “as much as possible” in order to put pressure on Moscow.
State Department donates 500,000 Covid-19 vaccines to Ukraine
The State Department says it has donated nearly 500,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine to Ukraine as the Kremlin war enters its fifth month.
“As we continue to confront COVID-19 around the world, we must keep in mind those affected by crises and war in places like Ukraine,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken wrote. through Twitter.
“This delivery of vaccine doses reinforces our commitment to defeating the pandemic and supporting Ukraine in the face of Russia’s unprovoked war of choice,” he added.
Russia’s Gazprom further cuts gas flow from Nord Stream 1 pipeline, citing repairs
Nord Stream 1’s supplier said gas flows had resumed after maintenance work.
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Russia’s Gazprom said it would further reduce natural gas flows through a major pipeline to Europe to 20% of capacity, citing equipment repairs.
The Russian state-owned company tweeted that it would reduce “the daily throughput” of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline to Germany to 33 million cubic meters from Wednesday. The head of the German network regulator confirmed the reduction.
The move comes after Gazprom raised questions about the return of a party that has been at the center of tensions over natural gas deliveries through the pipeline, saying it is unhappy with the documents it has received .
The company cut gas flow through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline by 60% in mid-June, citing alleged technical problems with equipment that partner Siemens Energy sent to Canada for overhaul and which could not be fired due to sanctions related to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. .
Germany has dismissed Gazprom’s technical explanation for the gas cut, repeatedly saying it was just a pretext for the Kremlin’s political decision to sow uncertainty and further drive up prices. energy price.
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Ukraine hopes to start exporting agricultural products tomorrow, official says
Farmers harvest a wheat field near Melitopol in Ukraine under Russian assault.
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Despite a Russian missile strike on a Ukrainian port over the weekend, Ukraine will start exporting grain and other food products tomorrow, the country’s deputy infrastructure minister has said.
“The next day we will be ready to work on restoring the export of agricultural products through our ports,” Yuriy Vaskov told reporters, according to a translation by NBC News.
Vaskov said Chornomorsk will be the first port to reopen, followed by Odessa and Pivdennyi. Vaskov added that in the next two weeks all ports will export agricultural products consistently.
The UN announces at least 5,237 dead in Ukraine since the start of the war
This photograph taken on July 15, 2022 shows newly dug graves at a cemetery in Vinogradnoe district, Donetsk region, amid ongoing Russian military action in Ukraine.
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The United Nations has confirmed 5,237 civilian deaths and 7,035 injuries in Ukraine since Russia invaded its former Soviet neighbor on February 24.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said the death toll in Ukraine is likely higher, as armed conflict may delay death reports.
The international organization said most of the civilian casualties recorded were caused by the use of explosive weapons with a wide area of impact, including heavy artillery fire and multiple rocket launchers, as well as missiles and air strikes.
Moldova fears a Russian invasion
Moldovan Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita speaks in the State Department’s Treaty Room in Washington, DC on July 19, 2022, before a meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
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Natalia Gavrilița, the prime minister of neighboring Moldova, spoke to CNN on Sunday, saying “no one is safe” with the conflict raging in Eastern Europe.
“It’s a hypothetical scenario for now, but if the military actions move further into southwestern Ukraine and towards Odessa, then, of course, we are very worried,” Gavrilița said.
“We are very worried, especially since troops are on the territory of the breakaway region of Transnistria,” she said.
“We are doing everything we can to maintain peace and stability and to ensure that the fighting does not escalate.”
Moldova is home to a large pro-Russian separatist population based in the breakaway state of Transnistria.
UK to host Eurovision Song Contest 2023
Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra celebrates after winning the Eurovision Song Contest grand final at the Palaolimpico arena, in Turin, Italy, Saturday, May 14, 2022.
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The European Broadcasting Union has confirmed that the UK will host the Eurovision Song Contest next year on behalf of war-torn Ukraine.
“Following the decision that unfortunately next year’s event could not be held in Ukraine for safety and security reasons, the EBU has explored a number of options with the winning broadcaster” , the EBU said in a statement.
“Following discussions, the BBC, as finalists in the 2022 competition, have been invited by the EBU to act as host broadcaster for the 67th Eurovision Song Contest.”
Kalush Orchestra’s ‘Stefania’ finished first at the 2022 event in May, while Britain’s Sam Ryder came second with ‘Space Man’.
Food inflation due to Russian-Ukrainian war could last until 2024: CEO
Sunny Verghese, CEO of major food and agribusiness group Olam, told CNBC that it’s hard to predict how much food prices will rise.
Kremlin says Odessa strikes hit military infrastructure
Rescue teams search the rubble of buildings destroyed in nighttime attacks for survivors, in the town of Chuhuiv, Kharkiv region, July 25, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov insisted that the strikes in Odessa over the weekend targeted military infrastructure.
“There is nothing in the obligations that Russia has undertaken, including in the framework of the agreements signed on July 22 in Istanbul, which prohibit us from continuing the special military operation, destroying military infrastructure and other military targets,” Lavrov told a news conference. alongside his Congolese counterpart Christophe Lutundula in Oyo, Congo.
The strike in Odessa, Ukraine’s largest port, has caused another setback to so far unsuccessful efforts to alleviate a growing global food crisis.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also told reporters separately that the Russian strikes would not influence the region’s earnings exports.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called Saturday’s strikes an act of barbarism.
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Wheat prices rise after Odessa attack
A fire destroys a wheat field as Russian troops shell fields to prevent local farmers from harvesting grain, Polohy district, Zaporizhzhia region, southeastern Ukraine.
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Wheat futures prices for September at the Chicago Board of Trade rose 3.6% on Monday morning as traders expressed caution over a grain export deal signed by Russia and Ukraine last week.
The two countries signed a UN-backed agreement on Friday to resume Ukrainian grain exports via the Black Sea. The deal is important for global food supplies, but also because it is the first major agreement between the two sides since Moscow launched its unprovoked assault on February 24.
But Ukraine said on Saturday that Russian missiles hit the port of Odessa in southern Ukraine, casting doubt on the new pact.
Russia likely struggling to repair combat vehicles, UK says
A view shows a military convoy of the armed forces of the self-declared separatist Luhansk People’s Republic (LNR) on a road in Luhansk region, Ukraine, February 27, 2022.
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Posting one of its daily updates on Twitter, the UK Ministry of Defense said it had located a Russian military vehicle overhaul and refurbishment facility near Barvinok in Russia’s Belgorod Oblast, near from the Ukrainian border.
He added that at least 300 damaged vehicles were at the facility, including armored personnel trucks and tanks.
“In addition to its well-documented personnel issues, Russia likely continues to struggle to extract and repair the thousands of combat vehicles that were damaged in combat in Ukraine,” he said in the update.