More than 4,000 people evacuated from front-line cities, but Ukrainian official accuses Moscow of firing on civilians in Kyiv region.
- A new round of talks between Russian and Ukrainian officials will resume on Tuesday.
- More than 4,000 people were evacuated from front-line Ukrainian cities on Monday, the country’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said.
- Vereshchuk accuses Russian forces of firing on civilians in the Kyiv region.
- UN humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths confirms an additional $ 40m will be allocated to respond to “grim and escalating crisis” in Ukraine.
- A top US official has expressed “deep” concern over China’s alignment with Russia.
- A Fox News correspondent has been injured near Kyiv and hospitalized, the network said.
Here are the latest updates:
Russia temporarily banning exports of sugar, wheat
Russia’s prime minister has signed a decree banning the export of white and raw sugar until August 31 to neighboring Eurasian Economic Union states, a government statement said.
The statement said Russia would also ban wheat, rye, barley and maize exports until June 30.
US defense secretary adds Bulgaria to European trip
US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is adding a stop in Bulgaria to a Europe trip focused on bolstering NATO allies as war rages on in Ukraine, the Pentagon has said.
Austin will leave on Tuesday for Brussels, where he will attend a NATO meeting before traveling to Slovakia. In Bulgaria, Austin will meet military and civilian leaders, it said, without offering further details on his agenda.
Bulgaria, Moscow’s closest ally during the Cold War, is now a European Union and NATO member state that has condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
More than 4,000 evacuated from front-line cities: Ukraine’s deputy PM
Ukraine was able to evacuate more than 4,000 people from front-line cities on Monday via seven humanitarian corridors, Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said in a video statement.
She said three other humanitarian corridors did not operate successfully and she accused Russian forces of firing on civilians who were evacuating in the Kyiv region.
Russia has repeatedly denied firing on civilians.
Fox News correspondent injured in Ukraine
A correspondent for Fox News was injured and hospitalized on Monday while covering the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the United States television network said.
Benjamin Hall, a Briton who covers the US Department of State for Fox News, was injured while “newsgathering outside of Kyiv”, Fox News said in a statement.
“We have a minimal level of details right now, but Ben is hospitalized and our teams on the ground are working to gather additional information,” he said.
World Bank approves $ 200m in additional funding for Ukraine
The World Bank has announced it is making available nearly $ 200m in additional and reprogrammed financing to bolster Ukraine’s social services for vulnerable people, on top of $ 723m approved last week.
The financing is part of a $ 3bn package of support from the World Bank previously announced for Ukraine over the coming months.
Can the UAE be a safe haven for Russia’s oligarchs?
The United Arab Emirates (UAE), and in particular, the emirate of Dubai, has a reputation for being a playground for the rich, and one that does not ask too many questions about how wealth has been obtained.
That looks likely to continue, despite increasing Western pressure to squeeze Russia financially – turning the UAE into an even more attractive proposition for rich Russians seeking a safe haven for their wealth, and undermining the effort to force Russia to pull back from its invasion of Ukraine .
Read more here.
US official raises ‘deep’ concern over China’s alignment with Russia
US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan has raised “deep” concerns over China’s alignment with Russia in an “intense” seven-hour discussion with China’s top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, a senior Biden administration official said.
In a statement, the White House said the pair discussed a range of issues in US-China relations, “with a substantial discussion of Russia’s war against Ukraine.”
“They also underscored the importance of maintaining open lines of communication between the United States and China,” it said.
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