Turkey’s foreign minister stresses the need for a ceasefire between Russia and Ukraine after the grain deal
Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told a news conference that after the grain export deal negotiated between the two last week, the focus must be on reaching a ceasefire between Russia and Ukraine.
He added that the successfully implemented agreement could boost trust between the two sides and increase the chances of a diplomatic solution to the war that has been raging since Russia invaded its neighbor in late February.
So far, there has been no sign that confidence has materialized since Turkey brokered the deal, as Russia launched missiles at Ukraine’s port city of Odessa, as well as its second-largest city of Kharkiv and other areas shortly thereafter.
Russia’s closure of Ukrainian ports has sent global food prices skyrocketing and sparked international concern as Ukraine is one of the world’s largest grain exporters and its produce feeds millions of people, particularly in the Middle East and Africa.
— Natasha Turak
No place in Kharkiv is safe, says the city’s mayor
No part of Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, is safe, the mayor said.
“The Russian aggressors are trying to turn Kharkiv into a miserable city like they have in Russia,” Igor Terekhov told AFP. “But they won’t be able to. And as you can see, the people of Kharkiv are defending their city with guns in hand.”
“We have nine districts in the city and they are all bombed with different intensities and at different times. So you can’t say that anywhere in Kharkiv is safe,” he said.
Rescue teams dig through the rubble of buildings destroyed in overnight attacks in the city of Chuhuiv, Kharkiv region, July 25, 2022 amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine in search of survivors.
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“Yes, it’s safe in the shelters and it’s safe on the subway. But there’s no neighborhood, no place in the city where you can say it’s totally safe.”
By the end of March, about half of the city’s population had fled, regional officials said at the time. Russian shelling has resumed with violence in recent weeks and at least three people were killed last week, including a 13-year-old boy, the mayor said. The death toll in the city is estimated at several hundred.
— Natasha Turak
Nord Stream 1 flows steadily to Europe
A container is decorated with a map showing the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which was supposed to deliver Russian gas to European households in the industrial zone of Lubmin, northeast Germany, March 1, 2022.
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Natural gas flows from Russia to Germany remained stable on Thursday, a day after being reduced to about 20% of their full capacity.
According to Reuters, Gazprom’s supply totaled 42.1 million cubic meters, down from 42.2 million cubic meters on Wednesday.
Gazprom blames maintenance on a turbine along the pipeline for the cut, which has been met with disbelief and condemnation in Europe, who say Russia is trying to blackmail nations like Germany. Natural gas prices have risen again due to the supply shortage.
“Higher gas prices drive up business costs and squeeze consumers’ budgets, leaving them less money to spend on other goods and services. As a result, we expect the eurozone to slip into recession this fall with inflation still high,” Barenberg analysts said in a new research note on Thursday.
– Matt Clinch
British adviser warns of unintended nuclear escalation
Stephen Lovegrove, the UK’s national security adviser, has warned of the inadvertent escalation of a nuclear war with Russia or China, saying global Cold War communications channels are no longer available.
“The two monolithic Cold War blocs, the USSR and NATO, were able – albeit not without alarming bumps – to achieve a common understanding of the doctrine that is lacking today,” he said on Wednesday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in the United States
“The doctrine is opaque in Moscow and Beijing, not to mention Pyongyang or Tehran.”
He added that during the Cold War, the world benefited from a “series of negotiations and dialogues that enhanced our understanding of Soviet doctrine and capabilities, and vice versa.”
“It gave us both a higher level of confidence that we wouldn’t misjudge our path to nuclear war.”
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– Matt Clinch
Ukraine’s counter-offensive in Kherson “accelerates”
An update from British intelligence on Thursday spoke of a “win” in Ukraine’s attempts to retake the southern city of Kherson from Russian forces.
The city, which was captured early in the Russian invasion and is the most politically significant area occupied by Moscow, is now “virtually cut off” from the other occupied Russian territories, Britain’s Defense Ministry has said.
“Her [Ukraine] Armed forces have most likely established a bridgehead south of the Ingulets River, which forms the northern border of Russian-held Kherson,” it said.
On Wednesday, Ukraine confirmed that it had attacked the Antonivsky Bridge, a key supply route for Russian forces in Kherson.
– Matt Clinch
According to Ukraine, Russian troops have seized the second largest power plant
A monument on the Nikopol embankment in front of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, used by the Russian invaders as a site for the July 20, 2022 bombing of Nikopol, Dnipropetrovsk region, central Ukraine. Russian forces have seized Ukraine’s second-largest power plant, and Moscow will be moving large numbers of troops to three southern regions, a senior adviser to Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy said, according to NBC News.
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A senior adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russian forces had seized Ukraine’s second largest power plant, according to NBC News.
In an interview uploaded to YouTube, Presidential Advisor Oleksiy Arestovych also said Moscow will move large numbers of troops to three southern regions.
Russian-backed forces had previously said they had captured the facility. The UK MoD said a private Russian military company “probably managed to make tactical advances in Donbass around the Vuhlehirska power plant,” adding that some Ukrainian forces “probably withdrew from the area.”
Front line developments are often difficult or impossible to confirm as the situation in Ukraine can change rapidly.
– Natalie Tam
Blinken talks to Russian counterpart about Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan release
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken addresses U.S. policy toward China during an event hosted by the Asia Society Policy Institute at George Washington University in Washington, DC May 26, 2022.
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Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he would discuss with his Russian counterpart a US proposal to release WNBA star Brittney Griner and ex-Marine Paul Whelan.
Blinken said he will discuss the immediate release of Paul Whelan and Brittney Griner, who were “wrongly detained and allowed to return home,” in his first phone call with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov since Russia invaded Ukraine in late February. .
“When it comes to our efforts to secure the return home of Paul Whelan and Brittney Griner, understand that I cannot and will not go into the details of what we have been proposing to the Russians over the course of so many weeks. ” he said.
Blinken told State Department reporters that he would also discuss the United Nations-brokered plan to resume agricultural exports from Ukrainian ports.
– Amanda Macias
The ports are starting to operate to export grain and other agricultural products, the Ukrainian Navy says
The ship waits to be loaded at the Reni river port on the Danube in Odessa region, Ukraine, July 21, 2022.
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