Live Updates | Official says grain will be sent to Russia

A Russian-installed official in the Kherson region of southern Ukraine says grain is being sent to Russia from the region.

Kirill Stremousov, deputy head of the Russian-backed administration for the Kherson region, told Russian state news agency TASS on Monday that grain from last year’s harvest would be delivered to Russian buyers.

“There is space to store (the next harvest), although obviously there is a lot of grain here,” Stremousov was quoted as saying. “Now people are partially exporting, having made agreements with those who buy from the (Russian) side.”

Tass also reported that Stremousov said sunflower seeds could be sent to Russian processors to make sunflower oil.

Ukraine has accused Russia of looting crops and farm equipment from areas held by its armed forces, and the US has claimed Russia is endangering the global food supply by preventing Ukraine from exporting its crops.


Russian troops overran most of the Kherson region in the first weeks of the war and have since increased their hold over the area. Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin visited the region earlier this month and suggested it could become part of “our Russian family”.



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MOSCOW – The Russian military says it has attacked a shipbuilding factory in southern Ukraine.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said Monday that a Russian artillery attack on the shipyard in Mykolaiv port destroyed Ukrainian armored vehicles parked on its territory.

Konashenkov said that over the past 24 hours, Russian artillery hit 593 concentration areas of Ukrainian troops and equipment, as well as 55 artillery batteries.

He added that the Russian Air Force hit three command posts and 67 troop locations.


KIEV, Ukraine — A regional governor says an intense battle is underway for the key city of Sievierodonetsk in eastern Ukraine.

Lugansk Governor Serhiy Haidai said Russian forces had entered the outskirts and were advancing towards nearby Lysyhansk. He said Monday that the latest Russian shelling killed two civilians and wounded five others.


The Ukrainian military also said that Russian forces are strengthening their positions on the northeast and southeast outskirts of Sievierodonetsk, bringing additional equipment and ammunition to the area to further their offensive.

Sievierodonetsk was a key target of the Russian offensive in the eastern industrial heartland of Donbass in Ukraine. The city served as the administrative center for the Luhansk region, which together with the neighboring Donetsk region forms the Donbass.


BRUSSELS – European Union leaders will gather on Monday for a fresh show of solidarity with Ukraine, but disagreements over whether to target Russian oil in a new set of sanctions show the limits of how far the bloc can go to help the war-torn country.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who will address the 27 leaders via video conference later in the evening, has repeatedly urged the EU to target Russia’s lucrative energy sector and siphon billions of dollars in supply payments from Moscow every day.


But Hungary – along with Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria – leads a group of countries that depend on Russian oil and cannot afford such moves.

The EU has already imposed five rounds of sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine. A sixth package was announced on May 4, but the oil deadlock is embarrassing the bloc. Ahead of the summit, officials suggested a solution could be found by targeting oil being carried by ships and setting fire to pipeline oil so valuable to Hungary.


BERLIN – Germany’s ruling parties and the largest opposition party have agreed to move forward with the significant increase in defense spending announced three months ago by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

Scholz told German lawmakers three days after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began that the country would allocate 100 billion euros ($107 billion) to a special fund for its military and increase its defense spending to over 2% of GDP — a measure it had long been delayed.


Scholz wanted to anchor the special fund in the constitution. That requires a two-thirds majority in both houses of parliament, meaning the chancellor needed the backing of the centre-right opposition bloc Union.

Talks on the issue bogged down in details, but the two sides reached an agreement on Sunday night that clears the way for the fund to go to Parliament. Among other things, the funds for cyber defense and support for partner countries are provided from Germany’s ordinary budget and not from the special fund.


MOGADISHU, Somalia — Families across Africa are paying about 45% more for wheat flour as Russia’s war in Ukraine blocks exports from the Black Sea.

Some countries like Somalia get more than 90% of their wheat from Russia and Ukraine. This forces many people to substitute other grains for wheat. But the United Nations warns the price hikes will come as many parts of Africa face drought and famine.


The UN had previously warned that an estimated 13 million people in the wider Horn of Africa region were already suffering from severe hunger due to a prolonged drought. The head of the World Food Program says Russia’s war on Ukraine is “one disaster after another” for the world’s poor.

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