UK says Russia’s gains in eastern Ukraine have been ‘slow and costly’; Putin blames West for food, energy crisis – CNBC
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov predicted that the country would make big profits from its energy exports this year. With soaring commodity prices benefiting Russian oil prices.
EU leaders agreed to cut oil imports from Russia by 90% by the end of this year.
Else where in related action:
A European Union decision to extend sanctions against Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko to his wife is “irrational” because she has never held Russian citizenship or resided in Russia.
The EU sanctioned Melnichenko’s wife, Aleksandra, for taking advantage of her husband’s wealth.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called for Russia’s removal from UNESCO after Russia destroyed historical monuments and cultural sites in Ukraine. He said the Russian army knows exactly which object is being shelled, but still shells the laurel like any other territory and object of Ukraine that can be reached.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia could cope with new weapons supplied by the US.
Ukraine’s foreign minister responded to French President Emmanuel Macron’s recent statement that Russia must not be humiliated in order to bring peace to Ukraine. He said that Russia humiliates itself.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg spoke with Finland’s prime minister and Turkey’s president to discuss Finland and Sweden joining the alliance, and praised Turkey’s efforts to ensure the safe transportation of grain supplies from Ukraine amid global food shortages caused by Russia’s invasion.
A mural titled ‘Saint Javelin’ dedicated to the British portable surface-to-air missile has been unveiled in Kyiv.
Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said there is no point in holding negotiations with Russia until Ukraine receives weapons in their full amount, strengthens its positions, and pushes Russian forces back as far as possible to the borders of Ukraine.
Kyiv said Moscow had reinforced its troops around Sievierodonetsk and was blowing up bridges to prevent Ukraine from bringing in military reinforcements and delivering aid to civilians in Sievierodonetsk.
Russia has launched a massive assault in Luhansk and Donetsk, two provinces that make up the eastern Donbas region, and Ukraine says it is losing 60 to 100 soldiers every day. Russian forces have also attempted to advance towards Lysychansk, but were stopped.
The U.K. Ministry of Defence said Russia’s offensive in northern Ukraine ended in a costly failure. It said Russian troops were spread too thinly and without enough support.
Russia’s war in Ukraine has disrupted global food and energy supply chains, and food prices are at the highest levels ever recorded, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for an immediate halt to violence, safe evacuation of civilians trapped in areas of fighting, and respect for human rights in accordance with international norms.
The UN said it is working to release grain stuck in Ukraine’s Black Sea ports and secure fertilizer from major producer Russia. It stressed resuming exports is key to preventing another crisis.
For more on this story, please consider these sources:
- UK says Russia’s gains in eastern Ukraine have been ‘slow and costly’; Putin blames West for food, energy crisis CNBC
- Russia’s war in Ukraine: Live updates CNN
- Ukraine-Russia war: UK video shows Moscow’s ‘costly failure’ Fox News
- Russia ‘suffering huge losses’ losing ground in Sievierodonetsk: official New York Post
- Russia ‘suffering huge casualties’ as troops retreat: Ukraine Al Jazeera English