Updates Russia-Ukraine: Ukraine reopens 3 ports for grain transport | TBEN | 27.07.2022

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The Ukrainian navy said operations in the ports of Odessa, Chernomorsk and Pivdennyi have resumed in connection with the deal to continue grain exports.

They said ships would travel in convoys for safety.

“Military and civilian specialists carefully search for underwater objects and install special navigation equipment that will aid the safety of navigation,” the navy said on social media.

In a statement, the Ukrainian Navy said: “The most important thing was, is and will be the safety of navigation.”

In addition to the reopening of ports, a joint coordination center for Ukrainian grain exports was formally opened in Istanbul as part of a UN-backed deal. Ukraine’s Black Sea ports have been closed since Russia began its invasion on February 24, keeping already rising food prices worldwide at unusually high levels.

Hulusi Akar, Turkey’s defense minister, who was present at the center’s opening, said: “The staff working in this center are aware that the eyes of the world are on them,” adding : “We hope that the center will make the greatest possible contribution to humanitarian needs and peace.”

The staff of the Joint Coordination Center will include civilian and military officials from both Russia and Ukraine, as well as delegates from Turkey and the UN. Their primary role will be to oversee the safe passage of Ukrainian grain ships along established routes and oversee inspections to ensure ships are not carrying prohibited weapons as they enter and exit the Black Sea.

Here oneare the other major headlines about the war in Ukraine on July 27.

Key bridge in Kherson hit in Ukrainian offensive

A key Russian bridge in Kherson was hit in a Ukrainian counter-offensive to retake the southern region from Russia.

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The Antonovsky Bridge over the Dnieper River is closed to civilians, Kirill Stremousov, deputy head of the Russian-appointed city administration, told Russia’s Interfax news agency.

Separately, the Russian news agency TASS quoted the official as saying that HIMARS targeted the bridge.

He said the bridge still stood, but the deck was punctured with holes, preventing vehicles from crossing.

The bridge is the main crossing point over the Dnieper River in the Kherson region and is essential for Russian supply routes to the region.

The only other option is a dam at the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station, which also came under Ukrainian fire last week but has remained open to traffic.

Broadcast ban on Russian RT France remains, Moscow warns of retaliation

Russian state-controlled media outlet RT has lost its lawsuit against a European Union broadcasting ban imposed on RT France.

The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg upheld the EU ban imposed in March as part of EU sanctions against Moscow over the invasion of Ukraine.

The court said in a statement that its decision was based on the temporary sanctions and found that they were “appropriate and necessary for the objectives pursued” given the “extraordinary context”.

They also concluded that the evidence presented by RT France “was unable to show that the latest handled information about the ongoing war in a balanced manner”.

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The Kremlin said the EU court’s decision was “extremely negative” and that Moscow would take similar measures against Western media in response.

The Kremlin already shut down TBEN’s activities in Russia in February.

Ukrainian president appoints new top prosecutor

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has nominated Andriy Kostin, a lawmaker from his own party, as the country’s next Attorney General.

Zelenskyy has asked parliament to approve the nomination of Kostin to replace Iryna Venediktova.

She and the head of Ukraine’s security service, Ivan Bakanov, were fired earlier this month.

Zelenskyy fired them over numerous instances of collaboration by members of their agencies in the Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine.

It was not immediately clear when parliament would vote on Kostin’s nomination.

Biden and Xi expected to talk about Ukraine

US President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping are expected to talk Thursday amid new divisions over Taiwan and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“Everything from the tensions over Taiwan to the war in Ukraine, and how to better manage competition between our two nations, especially in the economic field,” said John Kirby, the national security spokesman for the United Nations. White House.

The scheduled talks between the two leaders have been weeks in the making and would be the first between the two leaders in four months.

Earlier this month, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken pressured Beijing to end its tacit support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and join the other G20 countries in formally condemning the war.

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China’s foreign minister blamed the US for the deterioration in relations and said US policy had been derailed by what he called a misperception of China as a threat.

Wagner mercenaries gain ground in Donbas – British intelligence

The British Ministry of Defense says Russia’s embattled Wagner group has made tactical progress in the Donbas around the Vuhlehirska power station and the nearby village of Novoluhanske.

In a daily intelligence briefing, the ministry said some Ukrainian troops may have withdrawn from the area.

More about the war in Ukraine

Russia launched another rocket attack on Ukraine’s southern Black Sea on Tuesday, the Ukrainian military said. The military said port infrastructure was targeted in the Mykolaiv region, a claim supported by the region’s governor Vitaliy Kim, who posted a video of the attack showing multiple explosions.

TBEN looks at the impact that the resumption of Ukrainian grain exports through the Black Sea will have on the rest of the world.

As the fallout from the war in Ukraine continues, the Russian space agency Roskosmos said it will pull out of the International Space Station and focus on building its own space station.

EU energy ministers have agreed on a plan to cut gas consumption across the bloc, amid fears that Russia could cut supplies. But some say the current, watered-down proposal won’t be enough to prepare for winter.

lo/dj (TBEN, TBEN, dpa, Reuters)