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In a significant development, Ukraine's Armed Forces (AFU) have successfully regained control of the Boyko Towers gas and oil production platforms near the shores of Crimea in the Black Sea. These platforms had been occupied by Russia since 2014.
In a shocking turn of events, Wagner's leader Yevgeny Prigozhin, known as a mercenary chief, is presumed to have died in a tragic incident. He was listed as a passenger on a private jet that crashed in the vicinity of Moscow, Russia, sending shockwaves through international circles.
"Save the Children warns that failure to renew the Black Sea Grain Initiative poses a catastrophic threat to vulnerable children worldwide, leading to devastating hunger. Millions of lives are at stake as developing nations heavily reliant on grain staples face food insecurity due to interrupted trade routes from Ukraine and Russia."
"Discover the latest update on Russia's halt in the UN-brokered grain export deal, sparking concerns over rising food prices worldwide. Find out the potential impact on poorer nations and Africa, and how Ukraine seeks alternatives to navigate the situation.
The UN-brokered Black Sea Initiative, signed by Russia, Türkiye, and Ukraine, has played a crucial role in global food security by allowing millions of tonnes of food commodities to leave Ukrainian ports. As the Initiative completes one year, it has contributed to stabilizing food prices and facilitating vital food supplies to countries in need. Renewal and continued implementation of the Initiative are necessary to ensure uninterrupted food exports from Ukraine and address challenges faced in recent months.
An independent statistical analysis conducted by Russian media outlets Mediazona and Meduza, in collaboration with a data scientist from Germany's Tübingen University, estimates that nearly 50,000 Russian men have died in the war in Ukraine. Using the concept of excess mortality, the study examined inheritance records and official mortality data to reveal the true human cost of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The analysis highlights the hidden deaths that the Russian government has tried to conceal, shedding light on the devastating impact of the conflict.
Ukraine and Russia accused each other of planning to attack the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, one of the largest nuclear power plants in the world. However, neither side provided concrete evidence to support their claims of an imminent threat to the facility, which is currently occupied by Russian troops.
On May 20, 2023, Russia claimed to have taken control of the eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut, which had been the epicentre of intense fighting. President Vladimir Putin praised his troops and the private mercenary group Wagner for their alleged success. However, Ukraine denied this and claimed that battle was ongoing, describing the situation as "critical."
May 9 commemorates the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in 1945, and is widely celebrated as Victory Day. Not just Russia but several European countries celebrate Victory Day. However, the war in Ukraine undermines the celebrations this year. A day ahead of the day, Russia launched a wave of drone, missile and air strikes on Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities.