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War in Ukraine: Recent Developments

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Here are the latest developments in the war in Ukraine:

– Russia shouts “sabotage” in Crimea –

Russia says massive explosions at a munitions depot in Moscow-annexed Crimea were caused by an act of “sabotage.”

“As a result of an act of sabotage, a military camp near the village of Dzhankoi was damaged,” said a Defense Ministry statement shared with Russian news agencies.

Power lines, a power plant, a railway line and several residential buildings were also damaged, and there were no serious injuries.

Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 after massive nationwide street demonstrations in Ukraine that led to the ousting of a pro-Kremlin president.

The blasts come a week after similar blasts at a Russian military airfield in Crimea killed at least one person and injured several others.

Ukraine has not directly claimed responsibility for either incident, but senior officials and the military have indicated Ukraine’s involvement.

– Putin accuses the US –

Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused Washington of prolonging the conflict in Ukraine and fueling conflicts elsewhere, including with the visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan.

The US has provided important economic and military support to Kyiv, notably through the supply of long-range precision artillery that has enabled Ukraine to attack Russian supply installations deep in Moscow-controlled territory.

Wracked by a spate of unprecedented Western sanctions, Putin has sought to strengthen ties with countries in Africa and Asia, particularly China.

– UN grain ship sets sail –

A UN-chartered ship loaded with grain sets off from Ukraine for Africa following a deal to ease a global food crisis.

The MV Brave Commander is leaving the Black Sea port of Pivdennyi and will sail to Djibouti “for delivery to Ethiopia,” Ukraine’s Infrastructure Ministry says on the messaging app Telegram.

The ship is loaded with 23,000 tons of wheat.

It is the first ship chartered by the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) to leave Ukraine since the Russian invasion began in February.

Ukraine and Russia, two of the world’s largest grain exporters, last month agreed a deal brokered by the UN and Turkey to unblock grain shipments from the Black Sea following the Russian invasion.

The agreement lifted a Russian blockade of Ukrainian ports and established safe corridors through naval mines laid by Kyiv.

– Estonia removes Soviet-era monument –

Estonia is removing a Soviet-era World War II-era monument from Narva – a town with a large Russian-speaking minority – and accuses Russia of using such monuments to stoke tensions.

Prime Minister Kaja Kallas said the move was in response to “increasing tension and confusion surrounding monuments in Narva”.

The Baltic states of Estonia and Latvia both have large Russian-speaking minorities that are sometimes at odds with national governments.

There were concerns that Moscow might try to exploit these differences to destabilize countries that are both EU and NATO members.

– Gas prices at six-month high –

European gas prices rise to a six-month high, fueling recession fears as the region faces the prospect of rationing amid Russian supply cuts amid the war in Ukraine.

In Europe, the natural gas reference price Dutch TTF has risen by more than 10 percent to over 250 euros per megawatt hour at times – the highest level since the beginning of March, shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine.

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