Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov suggested during a news conference at the United Nations that resuming a grain export deal that could help avert a global food crisis is unlikely.
Here’s the latest on war and its ripple effects around the world.
Lavrov indicated that there is no hope of resuming the Black Sea grain deal Brokerage by Turkey and the United Nations to export grain by sea from Ukraine. Following a speech at the United Nations, he described proposals to renew the treaty as “unrealistic”.
Lavrov also said he would visit Pyongyang in October. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a rare summit in Russia’s Far East this month, signaling their support for each other in the face of widespread Western condemnation of their military and nuclear activities. In his speech on Saturday, Lavrov sharply criticized the US and the West, accusing Washington of “inciting hysteria on the Korean Peninsula”.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky met with top US business executives to discuss private sector investment in Ukraine., He said on Sunday. During the US trip, Zelensky said he met with Mike Bloomberg, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and BlackRock CEO Larry Fink. According to Andriy YermakZelensky, head of Ukraine’s presidential office, discussed how big American businesses could contribute to Ukraine’s post-war reconstruction.
At least one person was killed in Russian airstrikes in the town of Berislav in Ukraine’s southern Kherson region., The governor said in a telegram on Sunday. As Russian airstrikes in the region intensify, Natalia Kumenyuk, founder of the Public Interest Journalism Lab, said. “The enemy is attacking significantly from the air,” he said.
Ukrainian forces and their armored vehicles have pushed through Russia’s main defensive line on the southern flank of the battle.A local commander told The Washington Post that the so-called “Surovikin Line” The line, named for the former head of Russia’s forces in Ukraine, includes several defensive belts — and Russia has very significant defenses behind it — highlighting the slow progress of Ukraine’s months-long counteroffensive.
Ukraine reportedly carried out renewed strikes in Crimea over the weekend. Special forces of Ukraine said Friday’s strike targeted a gathering of Black Sea navy chiefs, killing and injuring dozens, including high-ranking officials, Telegram said. Russian media reported six people were injured. The Post could not verify either side’s claims. According to occupation officials, early Saturday morning, air raid sirens sounded again as missile debris hit a park and fell into the sea.
Russian consumers are experiencing localized diesel and gas shortagesBritish Ministry of Defence said On Sunday, it noted how Moscow halted almost all fuel exports last week. “The shortages are unlikely to be a direct result of the war,” officials said, adding that there could be a number of reasons, including seasonal maintenance of refineries and increased demand from the agricultural sector.
Zelensky held a meeting with Sudanese General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan In Ireland on his way back from his trip to Canada and America. They discussed common security challenges, including the activities of Russian-sponsored armed groups, A Reading From the Office of the President of Ukraine. Zelensky urged him to support Ukraine’s efforts to get grain to countries in need.
Australia UN It calls for changes to make the Security Council more representative and restrictions on the use of veto powers. Russia, one of the five permanent members with veto power, “makes a mockery of the United Nations every day with its illegal and immoral invasion of Ukraine,” the foreign minister said. Benny Wong said. Canberra wants more representation for Africa, Latin America and Asia and permanent seats for India and Japan.
Western officials are pushing Ukraine to hold elections despite the war. Some officials in the West are pushing for Kyiv to hold general and presidential elections, despite being in the grip of war, which has left Ukrainian officials confused.
The proposal was initially raised in Europe but has now been taken up by some US Republicans, including Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (RS.C.) during a visit to Kyiv last month, The Post’s David L. Stern, Catherine Belton, and John Hudson.
“The Russians are pushing this through their secret channels,” said a Ukrainian official in the security apparatus, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter. “It is not impossible to hold democratic elections during wartime.”