More Ukrainian grain shipments under way – POLITICO

A group of ships carrying grain left Ukrainian ports on Sunday, the second convoy to depart in recent days following a UN-backed agreement late last month to unblock the ports. The group includes four vessels loaded with almost 170,000 tons of agricultural products, Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov said in a tweet early Sunday. He said … Read more

Europe’s looming coal crisis – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Move over gas — there’s a new energy shortage in town. As Europe faces its worst energy crunch in decades amid the war in Ukraine, national capitals have been scrambling to shore up their gas reserves ahead of the winter. But another fuel could also soon be in … Read more

Moscow claims Odesa strikes hit military targets – POLITICO

Moscow said on Sunday that Russian air strikes on the Ukrainian port city of Odesa were aimed at military targets including a stockpile of US-supplied missiles. The attack on Saturday raised doubts over Moscow’s willingness to abide by a crucial agreement reached on Friday to unblock Ukraine’s seaports to allow for the transport of millions … Read more

Russian missiles target Odesa day after Ukraine grain export deal – POLITICO

KYIV, Ukraine — Russia fired several missiles at the port of Odesa on Saturday, Ukrainian authorities said, raising the question of whether Moscow would abide by a crucial deal struck Friday to unblock Ukraine’s seaports to allow for the transport of millions of tons of grain needed two feed countries in Africa and the Middle … Read more

How hard should you push China into a crisis? – POLITICO

When leaders from the G7 group of leading developed economies gather in the Bavarian Alps on Sunday, they will have very different visions of how hard to confront China just as the world seems to be tipping into a major economic crisis. Amid fears of impending recessions and crises over energy and food supply, it’s … Read more

How Russia can beat EU sanctions – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Europe has deployed an unprecedented arsenal of economic sanctions against Moscow in an attempt to weaken Russia’s economy and force Vladimir Putin to abandon his war in Ukraine. But as the export bans bite over the coming months, Russia will start to crave banned goods that are essential … Read more

Kyiv battles Russia’s lies on the food crisis – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Ukraine and its Western allies are struggling to neutralize Russia’s latest offensive – a campaign of brazen lies in which Moscow portrays itself as an innocent party in the Black Sea naval blockade that is stoking a global food crisis. For the Russians, this is an all-important battle … Read more

No deal yet with Russia or Turkey to unblock Black Sea, Ukraine says – POLITICO

Kyiv says it has not yet reached any agreement with Russia or Turkey to allow the safe passage of its grain ships in the Black Sea, injecting skepticism into a push by the UN to create a vital food corridor. The warning comes on the eve of a round of talks brokered by Turkey to … Read more

Ukraine’s frontline farmers battle to feed the world – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article On a 1,500-hectare plot of Europe’s breadbasket, Ukrainian farmer Grygorii Tkachenko is rebuilding his farm. Russian forces rained Grad missiles and bullets on his land in early March, wiping out buildings, machinery and half his livestock – leaving only a trail of devastation when they finally retreated from … Read more

Bombarded at home, Ukraine finds symbolic win at Eurovision – POLITICO

TURIN, Italy – While in the third month of fighting Russia’s invasion at home, Ukraine came out victorious at Europe’s musical competition Eurovision. Swept along on a wave of solidarity, the Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra racked up a record popular vote after performing a catchy folk-rap tune and sending an emotional plea for the bombed … Read more