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Russian-Ukrainian war – latest: Putin’s blackmail over foodgrains deal failed, says Zelensky

Russia summons UK ambassador over Black Sea Fleet drone attack

The United States has collected evidence indicating that North Korea is secretly supplying Russia with a “significant” number of artillery shells for its war in Ukraine, we have learned.

White House national security spokesman John Kirby said Wednesday that Pyongyang was trying to conceal the shipments by routing them to countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

“It’s not an insignificant number of shells, but we don’t think they’re in such quantity that they would change the momentum of the war,” Kirby said.

It comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin resumed Moscow’s participation in a UN-brokered deal allowing Ukrainian grain exports after being urged by Western officials to ‘stop using food as a weapon’.

Russia suspended its participation in the Black Sea Grains Initiative over the weekend, saying it could not guarantee the safety of civilian vessels due to a major drone attack on Russian vessels in Sevastopol Bay on the Crimean Peninsula – an area that Mr Putin annexed to Ukraine. in 2014.

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Putin is plunging the world’s poorest into new ‘desperation’, smartly to warn

Foreign Secretary James Cleverly will urge international allies to build resilience in the face of Vladimir Putin’s ‘weaponisation’ of energy and food at a G7 foreign minister’s meeting in Germany today today.

Mr Cleverly will warn that the Russian leader is driving the world’s poorest “even further into despair”.

He is about to stress the need to work together in the face of the economic insecurity caused by Moscow’s war against its neighbour.

Mr Cleverly will accuse the Russian president of exploiting a scheme to export grain from Ukraine to low-income countries around the world – saying it shows his willingness to ‘hold the world’s most vulnerable hostage’, the official said. Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Arpan RaiNovember 3, 2022 04:13

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Ukraine destroys four Russian ammunition depots

At least four Russian ammunition depots in southern Ukraine have been destroyed, the Ukrainian army’s southern unit announced today.

The Ukrainian salvo of 150 fire missions and an airstrike on Russian positions plotted in southern Ukraine destroyed four Russian depots and tanks carrying fuel, the Southern Command said in an update.

Now Russia has seven ships in the Black Sea, including a warship and a surface-to-surface missile carrier with eight Kalibr cruise missiles on board, the military unit said.

Arpan RaiNovember 3, 2022 03:35

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Russia’s blackmail over foodgrains deal failed, says Zelensky

Volodymyr Zelensky said Moscow’s blackmail failed and remained fruitless as Vladimir Putin was forced to turn around and resume the grain export deal in Europe.

“Today we have an important diplomatic result for our country and the whole world – the Grain Export Initiative will continue to be implemented. Russian blackmail has led nowhere,” said Mr. Zelensky in his speech last night.

He added: “Once again, everyone has seen that there is only one threat to global food security in our region, and that is the Russian Federation, and no one else. .”

The Ukrainian president thanked the UN and Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for “responding personally in an effective and principled manner”.

“This whole situation was immediately reflected in the stock market indicators – we see a drop in the price of wheat and corn. Every time Russian blackmail escalates, food prices go up. And every time the world doesn’t give in to blackmail, food gets cheaper,” Zelensky said.

Mr Zelensky said the phantom threat of the global food crisis would not have existed had it not been for Russia’s attack on Ukraine.

“Because every Russian missile that hits our ports, grain storage facilities and power plants that power our agricultural production ultimately affects the standard of living of tens of millions of people in many countries. This includes Egypt, Algeria, Somalia, Sudan, Lebanon, Bangladesh, India, China, Indonesia, Vietnam…” he said.

Arpan RaiNovember 3, 2022 03:25

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Hello, welcome to our coverage of the war in Ukraine on Thursday November 3rd.

Arpan RaiNovember 3, 2022 3:14 a.m.

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Katy CliftonNovember 2, 2022 6:31 p.m.

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Pakistan slams Russian senator’s ‘baseless’ claim of helping Ukraine develop nuclear weapons

Pakistan has denounced statements by a Russian senator accusing Islamabad of helping Ukraine develop nuclear bombs, calling them illogical.

Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday the claims were baseless and demanded an explanation from its Russian counterpart.

“We are surprised by such an unfounded and baseless statement. This is without any justification and completely inconsistent with the spirit of Pakistan-Russia relations,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Asim Iftikhar said in a statement.

Emily AtkinsonNovember 2, 2022 5:30 p.m.

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Emily AtkinsonNovember 2, 2022 5:00 p.m.

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Putin backs out of grain deal as West tells Russia to ‘stop using food as a weapon’

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been urged by Western officials to “stop using food as a weapon” after Moscow agreed to join the UN-brokered deal allowing Ukrainian grain exports.

Russia suspended its participation in the Black Sea Grain Initiative over the weekend, saying it could not guarantee the safety of civilian ships crossing the Black Sea due to an attack on its fleet there.

The Kremlin has claimed there was a major drone strike on Russian ships in Sevastopol Bay on the Crimean peninsula – an area Mr Putin annexed from Ukraine in 2014 – part of which, according to he came from the grain export corridor. Ukraine said it was a false pretense.

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Emily AtkinsonNovember 2, 2022 4:30 p.m.

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Moscow reserves right to back out of grain deal, Putin says

Vladimir Putin has said Moscow reserves the right to withdraw again from a UN-brokered grain shipment deal it had reverted to – but that doing so would not stop shipments from grain from Ukraine to Turkey.

In televised remarks, Putin said that in return for joining the deal, Russia had demanded guarantees that Ukraine would not launch attacks from parts of the Black Sea covered by the deal.

Emily AtkinsonNovember 2, 2022 4:00 p.m.

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North Korea supplies Russia with artillery shells, US says

The United States has collected evidence indicating that North Korea is secretly supplying Russia with a “significant” number of artillery shells for its war in Ukraine, we have learned.

White House national security spokesman John Kirby said Wednesday that Pyongyang was trying to conceal the shipments by routing them to countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

“Our indications are that the DPRK is supplying covertly and we will be monitoring to see if the shipments are being received,” Kirby said.

“It’s not an insignificant number of shells, but we don’t think they are in such quantity that they would change the momentum of the war,” he said.

“And that’s certainly not going to change our reckoning…or with so many of our allies and partners on what kinds of capabilities we’re going to continue to provide to the Ukrainians.”

Emily AtkinsonNovember 2, 2022 3:34 p.m.


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