DIRECT. War in Ukraine: Amnesty “fully maintains” its report criticized by kyiv


The NGO Amnesty International “fully maintains” its accusatory report to Ukraine

The NGO accused Kyiv of endangering civilians by building military bases or using weapons systems in residential areas.


Erdogan and Putin want to open a “new page” in the relationship between Turkey and Russia

After “very productive” political and economic discussions between the delegations from the two countries, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hopes that his meeting on Friday with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will open a “new page” in their relationship, adding that he will talk more. Syria, where Ankara wants to launch a military operation.


Successful meeting between the Presidents of Russia and Turkey

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that he hopes to sign an agreement to strengthen economic cooperation with Turkey, welcoming his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sochi, in southern Russia. “I am convinced that Russian-Turkish relations will enter a new stage of development in the fields of energy, grain delivery, transportation, tourism. emphasized Mr. Erdogan. “I hope that today we can sign the a memorandum on strengthening our economic and commercial relations,” the Russian president added.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan meets with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Russia, August 5, 2022. Turkish Presidential Press Office. Reuters


Less than half of the cultivated land has been harvested, according to Ukrainian authorities

As of early August, only 41% of the country’s cultivated land has been harvested, according to the Ministry of Agricultural Policy and Food. During a speech on July 31, Volodymyr Zelensky said that the harvest in 2022 is likely to be half of last year.


“France is an unfriendly state” for the Kremlin

The Russian and French presidents have not spoken for two months because France is an “unfriendly” country where talks are currently not “necessary”, the Kremlin said on Friday.

“They don’t call each other because they don’t think the time is right. If something is needed, they can call each other in a minute,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the press.


Russia expels 14 Bulgarian diplomats

Russia announced on Friday the expulsion of fourteen Bulgarian diplomats in retaliation for Sofia’s retaliatory measures against Moscow, amid heightened tensions around the conflict in Ukraine.

“This step is a response to the completely unreasonable decision of the Bulgarian side to declare persona non grata 70 employees of our institutions abroad, and introduce quotas of diplomatic, administrative and technical Russian personnel in Bulgaria”, Russian diplomacy said in a statement. .


World food prices fell in July

World food prices fell sharply in July, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) announced on Friday. However, the food price index remained at a high level, standing at 140.9 points in July, with an increase of 13.1% a year.

The FAO cereals index fell by 11.5%, “the biggest fall due to world wheat prices, which lost no less than 14.5% in reaction to the agreement reached between Ukraine and the Russian Federation on unblocking in the main ports of the Black Sea. “, lined the organization.


“Russia has chosen a more terrible war”, says Catherine Colonna

For him, France should be with Ukraine because “what we are defending, by defending and helping Ukraine, is our own security”.


Ambitious export targets for Ukraine

Ukraine’s infrastructure minister said he hoped for “stable and predictable” food exports after three more ships left this morning. “We need to allow our ports to handle more than 100 shipments per month,” wrote Oleksandr Kubrakov.

In a post on Facebook, the minister explained that the export target of the authorities is “three million tons per month”. And to conclude: “The faster we export the 20 million tons of harvest from last year, the faster the food situation in the world will improve. »


Meta dismantles a Russian propaganda operation

Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, dismantled a network of fake accounts, created by an entity called “Cyber​​​​​​Front Z” and people previously associated with “Internet Research Agency” (IRA), which is suspected of being a Kremlin digital arm.

These fake accounts, run by employees of a “troll farm” located in St. A “largely clumsy and ineffective” operation according to Meta.


Putin and Erdogan met again this Friday

Turkey now wants to try to get the opening of negotiations for a truce, between the president of Russia and the Ukrainian, Volodymyr Zelensky, if possible in Istanbul. The two presidents should also discuss the Syrian file.


Russia is ‘ready’ to negotiate a prisoner swap with Washington, Lavrov said

Last week and Thursday, the United States called for an exchange about the sportswoman and an American convicted of espionage.


Russia has put the safety of a nuclear power plant at risk, according to the British

Russian forces use the plant to protect themselves from Ukrainian attacks by relying on the “protected status” of the area. “The subtle actions carried out around the plant are likely to question the safety of the installation”, write the British intelligence.


Three ships loaded with 58,000 tons of corn left Ukraine

Three boats full of grain left Ukraine on Friday morning, the Turkish Defense Ministry said. These three buildings, full of corn, will serve Ireland, England and Turkey, the ministry said in a statement.

  • Navistar, flying the flag of Panama, left Odessa for Ireland with 33,000 tons of corn.
  • The Rojen, under the Maltese flag, was bound for England from the port of Chernomorsk with 13,000 tons.
  • Polarnet, under the flag of Turkey, is heading to Turkey with 12,000 tons of corn on board.


Inspection of a grain cargo ship bound for Ukraine


The EU targeted former Ukrainian President Yanukovych

The European Union imposed sanctions on former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, close to Vladimir Putin, and lifted them in 2014.


Three new grain ships will leave Ukraine

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Thursday night that three new ships carrying grain will leave Ukraine on Friday. The first shipment of grain exported to Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion on February 24 left the port of Odessa on Monday.


Washington says Moscow will produce false evidence

“We hope that Russian officials will try to destroy evidence to attribute the strike in Olenivka prison on July 29 … to the Ukrainian Armed Forces,” the White House spokesman said. strategic issues, John Kirby.



And welcome to this new one directly dedicated to the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, which is now in its 162nd day.

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