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Cover image: “Rojen”, a boat full of corn, left the port of Chornomorsk (Ukraine) on Friday, bound for the United Kingdom. OLEKSANDR GIMANOV / AFP

  • Three boats loaded with a total of more than 58,000 tons of corn left their respective ports on Friday morning. Two of the ships left from Chornomorsk, in the south of the country, and the third from Odessa, as Reasonwhich left this port on Monday with the first cargo of grain exported to Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion on February 24. The three new loadouts are in Karasu, Turkey, Ringaskiddy, Ireland and Teesport, UK.
  • The European Union (EU) imposed, Thursday, August 4, sanctions against the former pro-Russian Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych because of his alleged role in the security threat to Ukraine. He led Ukraine from February 2010 to February 2014, then was overthrown by a popular uprising against the turn taken by his government, which moved closer to Moscow. The EU says the former president, who lives in Russia, is still playing the game a role in undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine ».
  • The Southern Ukrainian Military Command described the situation on the ground as “tense” and admitted that Moscow has “began to gather attack forces in the direction of Kryvyi Rih”. This iron town, where Volodymyr Zelensky grew up, is about 50 kilometers from the southern front line of the country.
  • The United Nations (UN) has launched an investigation into the explosions at Olenivka prison which, on July 29, caused dozens of deaths. Ukraine and Russia have called for this investigation.
  • on United States, the Senate approved, on Wednesday, a resolution approving the protocols for the participation of Finland and Sweden in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), after the historic decision of these two countries to give up their neutrality due to the invasion of Ukraine by Russia. Of the thirty members of the Alliance, twenty three have approved this decision.
  • The return to Russia of a Siemens turbine that is essential to the operation of the Nord Stream gas pipeline is “impossible” because of the sanctions, said Gazprom. The Europeans accused Moscow of using this as an excuse to delay the return of this turbine and further reduce its gas deliveries.
  • the Switzerlandwith many refineries to recycle and melt gold bars, instead prohibited “to buy, import or transport gold and gold products from Russia”.
  • Turkish, Russian and Ukrainian experts examined, on Wednesday, near Istanbul, the ship carrying the first cargo of grain exported to Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion. The cargo then continued its journey to Lebanon, entering the northern entrance of the Bosphorus in the early afternoon.

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