Live Updates | Sweden to help fix Ukraine’s power grid
STOCKHOLM — Sweden is helping Ukraine rebuild “a secure electricity supply” by sending materials to repair power grids destroyed during the war.
Swedish Energy Minister Khashayar Farmanbar said that “a secure electricity supply is necessary to maintain socially important activities in Ukraine”.
Svenska kraftnät, the authority responsible for the Swedish electricity transmission network, has received a request from Ukraine via the European network of transmission system operators to provide equipment for the repair of electricity networks.
The equipment destined for Ukraine will be taken from Sweden’s emergency stock that exists for repairing power grids and will not affect Swedish demand for emergency preparedness, the energy ministry said on Thursday. in a press release.
KEY DEVELOPMENTS IN THE RUSSIAN-UKRAINE WAR:
– Possible mass graves near Mariupol shown in satellite images
— Biden pledges $1.3 billion more for new weapons and economic aid to help Ukraine
— EXPLANATION: Why Washington strengthens heavy weapons for Ukraine
— The United States welcomes Ukraine refugees but more by Mexico
– The war in Ukraine prompts a closer look UN veto
— Britain offer new weapons to India, hoping to wean it off Russia
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LONDON — Britain’s Ministry of Defense says Russia’s decision to end its effort to take a strongly defended steelworks in the city of Mariupol is an effort to free up troops for deployment to other parts of the world. eastern Ukraine.
In an intelligence update released Friday morning, the department said “a full Russian ground assault on the plant would likely result in significant Russian casualties, further reducing their overall combat effectiveness.”
The ministry says heavy shelling and fighting continues in the Donbass region as Russia seeks to advance on the settlements of Krasny Lyman, Buhayikva, Barvinkove, Lyman and Popsana.
The ministry also says past losses still affect the Russian military, which is now forced to send damaged equipment back to Russia for repair while trying to re-equip depleted forces.
UNITED NATIONS – Russia and Ukraine clashed at the UN on Thursday over whether Russia’s war is responsible for rising food prices and world hunger.
Together, the two countries account for nearly a third of global wheat and barley exports, and millions of people in the Middle East, Africa and parts of Asia depend on them for bread and affordable noodles. Ukraine is also a major supplier of corn and the largest exporter of sunflower oil.
“As long as Russia persists in its efforts to invade Ukraine, the threat of hunger will hang over many countries around the world,” Ukrainian adviser Natalia Mudrenko said Thursday at an informal meeting of the Security Council in the UN to discuss conflict and hunger.
Russian Deputy Ambassador Dmitry Chumakov argued that sanctions, trade wars, the coronavirus pandemic and Western economic policies were rocking global food, energy and financial markets.
Chumakov said critics of Russia were trying to distract from sanctions and “the economic selfishness of developed countries during the pandemic.”
KYIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked the United States for the new $800 million military aid package, which he said was “exactly what we expected.”
The latest military aid, announced by President Joe Biden on Thursday, includes heavy artillery, munitions and drones for the escalation of the battle in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine.
Zekenskyy urged Western countries to speed up arms deliveries to help Ukraine repel the Russian offensive.
“The occupiers continue to do everything possible to give themselves reason to talk about at least some sort of victory,” Zelenskyy said Thursday night in his nightly video address to the nation. “They are strengthening their forces, bringing in new tactical battalions and even trying to start a so-called ‘mobilization’ in the areas they occupy in Ukraine.”
Zelenskyy also warned Ukrainians in areas under Russian control not to provide troops with their IDs, which he said could be used ‘to tamper with a so-called referendum on our land’ to create a pro-government government. Moscow.
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