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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.
"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.
The war in Ukraine, alongside other conflict and climate-driven upheaval led more people to leave their homes last year, heightening the urgency for immediate, collective action to alleviate the global crisis, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said.
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."