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Kremlin says U.S. has no deal to release Greener, Whelan

U.S. Olympic champion basketball player Britney Greener, accused of drug smuggling, is questioned at Khimki City Court in Moscow, Russia, on July 26, 2022.

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The Kremlin said there had been “no agreement” in the United States’ demands for the release of WNBA star Britney Greenner and former Marine Paul Whelan from Russian custody.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Moscow was aware of media reports about the U.S. proposal to release Greener and Whelan.

“As there is no finalized agreement yet, I have nothing to add,” Peskov said.

On Wednesday, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said he would discuss the U.S. proposal to release Greener and Whelan with his Russian counterpart. The Kremlin said on Wednesday that it had not received any request to speak to Blinken from Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

— Amanda Macias

Security Council unable to agree on statement praising food deal

This photo taken on July 27, 2022 shows computer screens displaying the flags of Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Nations during the opening ceremony of the Joint Coordination Center (JCC) for Ukraine’s Grain Exports in Istanbul on July 27, 2022.

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Norway’s ambassador to the United Nations said the UN Security Council failed to agree on a statement welcoming last week’s agreement to transport food and fertilizer from Ukraine and Russia to millions of hungry people around the world.

The statement will also commend Secretary-General António Guterres and the Turkish government for their pivotal role in arranging the deal.

“Norway and Mexico have been working for days to unify the council to send a message welcoming a major agreement to restore exports of grains, food and fertilizers through the Black Sea,” Norwegian Ambassador Mona Juul told The Associated Press. “We regret that this is not possible. of.”

Russia and Ukraine signed separate agreements with Turkey and the United Nations on Friday, clearing the way for Ukraine, one of the world’s main breadbaskets, to export 22 million tonnes of grain and other agricultural products stranded in Black Sea ports due to the Russian invasion.

— Associated Press

Russian TV presenter who protested in the air accused of smearing armed forces

Marina Ovsyannikova, who became known internationally after protesting Russia’s military operations in Ukraine on state television’s prime-time news broadcast, appeared in court accused of making a statement outside a Moscow courtroom to “smear” the country in Ukraine Fighting Russian troops support opposition activist Ilya Yashin in Moscow earlier this month, July 28, 2022.

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In the early days of the invasion, Russian news host Marina Ovsyannikova, who was convicted of slandering Russia’s armed forces, protested Russia’s war on live television.

A Moscow judge cited Ovsyannikova’s social media posts criticizing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as evidence.

“The evidence confirms Ovsyannikova’s guilt. There is no reason to doubt its authenticity,” the judge said. According to Reuters, Ovsyannikova called the proceedings “ridiculous”.

In this illustration photo on March 15, 2022 in Warsaw, Poland, the evening news broadcast on major Russian news channel Channel 1 is interrupted on a laptop by a woman protesting the war in Ukraine. Marina Ovsyannikova, an employee of the network, ran onto the stage with signs reading “No war” and “They’re here to lie to you.”

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Within days of the invasion, Russia enacted a law banning the spread of “fake news” about its armed forces or what it called “special military operations” in Ukraine, punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

— Natasha Toorak

Turkish foreign minister stresses need for Russia-Ukraine ceasefire after food deal

A view of buildings damaged by a rocket attack in the Odessa region of Ukraine on July 26, 2022. According to local media reports, Russia launched a massive missile attack on the Odessa region and Mykolaiv.

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevrut Cavusoglu told a news conference that the focus must be on achieving a ceasefire between the two countries after Russia and Ukraine reached a food export deal last week.

He added that a successfully executed deal could foster 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, since Turkey brokered the deal, there has been no sign that trust has been achieved, as Russia fired missiles in Ukraine’s port city of Odessa, its second-largest city Kharkiv and elsewhere shortly after.

Farmers harvest wheat fields in the Kharkiv region of Ukraine during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on July 19, 2022.

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Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian ports has sent global food prices soaring and sparked international panic as Ukraine is one of the world’s top grain exporters and its products feed millions of people, especially in the Middle East and Africa.

— Natasha Toorak

No place in Kharkiv is safe, says Kharkiv mayor

Nowhere in Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, is safe, the mayor said.

“The Russian invaders are trying to turn Kharkiv into a poor city, like the one they have in Russia,” Igor Terekhov told AFP. “But they won’t succeed. And, as you can see, the Kharkivs are defending their city with weapons in hand.”

“We have nine districts in the city, and they are all bombed at different times and with different intensities. So you can’t say that anywhere in Kharkiv is safe,” he said.

Rescue teams excavate the rubble of buildings destroyed in a nighttime attack in the city of Chuhuiv, Kharkiv region, in search of survivors, during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, July 25, 2022.

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“Yes, it’s safe in a shelter, it’s safe in the subway. But in the city, there’s no area, no place, you can claim it’s completely safe.”

By the end of March, about half of the city’s population had fled, district officials said at the time. Russia has resumed its use of force in recent weeks, killing at least three people last week, including a 13-year-old boy, the mayor said. The death toll in the city is estimated to be in the hundreds.

— Natasha Toorak

Nord Stream 1 steady stream to Europe

A shipping container is adorned with a map showing the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which is expected to deliver Russian gas to European households, at the industrial park in Lubmin, northeastern Germany, on March 1, 2022.

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Gas flows from Russia to Germany remained steady on Thursday, and a day later, its full capacity was cut by around 20%.

Gazprom said its supply was at 42.1 million cubic meters, compared with 42.2 cubic meters on Wednesday, Reuters reported.

Gazprom blamed the cutbacks on maintenance of turbines along the pipeline, prompting scepticism and condemnation from Europe, who say Russia is trying to blackmail countries such as Germany. Natural gas prices surged again amid tight supplies.

“Higher gas prices have pushed up costs for companies and squeezed consumers’ budgets, leaving them spending less money on other goods and services. As a result, we expect the euro zone to remain high in inflation this autumn recession,” analysts at Ballenberg said in a new research note on Thursday.

– Matt Clinch

UK adviser warns of unexpected nuclear upgrade

British National Security Adviser Stephen Lovegrove has warned of an unexpected escalation of nuclear war with Russia or China, saying Cold War-era global communication channels are no longer available.

“The two big chunks of the Soviet Union and NATO during the Cold War — though not without shocking bumps — were able to agree on doctrines that don’t exist today,” he said Wednesday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

“The teachings of Moscow and Beijing are opaque, let alone Pyongyang or Tehran.”

During the Cold War, he added, the world benefited from “a series of negotiations and dialogues that improved our understanding of Soviet theory and capabilities, and vice versa.”

“It gives both of us more confidence that we will not misjudge the path to nuclear war.”

Watch the full video here.

— Matt Clinch

Ukraine’s counteroffensive in Kherson ‘ready to go’

A British intelligence update on Thursday spoke of the “gathering momentum” in Ukraine’s attempt to retake the southern city of Kherson from Russian forces.

The British Ministry of Defence said the city, occupied in the early days of the Russian invasion and the most politically significant area occupied by Moscow, was now “virtually isolated” from other occupied Russian territories.

“Their [Ukraine] It is highly likely that the troops have established a bridgehead south of the Ingulet River that forms the northern border of Russian-occupied Kherson,” it said.

On Wednesday, Ukraine confirmed it had attacked the Antonevsky Bridge, a key supply line for Russian troops in Kherson.

— Matt Clinch

Ukraine says Russian troops have seized second-largest power plant

A monument on the Nikopol embankment in front of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant used by Russian invaders for the bombing of Nikopol in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, central Ukraine, July 20, 2022. Russian troops have seized Ukraine’s second-largest power plant, and Moscow is redeploying large numbers of troops to three regions in the south, according to NBC News, a senior adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said.

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According to NBC News, a senior adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russian troops had seized Ukraine’s second-largest power plant.

In an interview uploaded to YouTube, presidential adviser Oleksi Arestovich also said that Moscow would redeploy a large number of troops to three regions in the south.

Russian-backed forces have previously said they seized the plant. The British Ministry of Defence said a Russian private military company “may have succeeded in making tactical advances in the Donbass around the Vuhlehirska power plant”, adding that some Ukrainian troops “may have withdrawn from the area”.

Because the situation in Ukraine can change rapidly, developments on the front lines are often difficult or impossible to confirm.

— Natalie Tan

Blinken talks to Russian counterparts about Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan’s release

U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken speaks about U.S. China policy at an event hosted by the Asia Society Policy Institute at George Washington University on May 26, 2022 in Washington, DC.

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Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said he would discuss with his Russian counterparts the U.S. proposal to free WNBA star Britney Greenner and former Marine Paul Whelan.

Blinken said he would discuss the immediate release of Paul Whelan and Brittney Griner in a call with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who ” Wrongly detained and must be allowed to go home”.

“When it comes to our efforts to ensure Paul Whelan and Britney Greenner return home, you understand that I cannot and will not disclose any of the details we have given to the Russians over the course of so many weeks,” He says.

Blinken told reporters at the State Department that he would also discuss a UN-brokered plan to resume agricultural exports from Ukrainian ports.

— Amanda Macias

Ukrainian navy says ports open to export grain and other agricultural products

The ship waits for loading in the port of Rainy River on the Danube River in Odessa Region, Ukraine, on July 21, 2022.

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