Britain says Russia’s gains in eastern Ukraine have been ‘slow and costly’; Putin blames West for food, energy crisis – Henry Club

Britain says Russia’s invasion of northern Ukraine ‘ends in costly failure’

Britain’s defense ministry said Russia’s invasion of northern Ukraine “ended in a costly failure.”

The ministry said the Russian army was “too thin without adequate support of artillery and fighters.” It said those efforts were based on “wildly optimistic assessments about the reception of Russian troops in Ukraine”.

“Russia has now adopted a ‘removal strategy’ and is making slow and costly progress in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine,” the ministry said.

— Christine Vango

Putin blames ‘short-sighted’ Western policy for energy, food issues

Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed the West for problems in global food and energy markets, warning new sanctions would only aggravate the situation.

According to Russia’s TASS news agency, Putin said, “This is absolutely short-sighted, wrong, I would say, just a stupid policy that leads to a dead end.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting on road construction development via a video link at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow on June 2, 2022.

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Russia’s war in Ukraine has hit the global economy, disrupting global food and energy supply chains. Both countries produce about 30% of the world’s wheat and barley. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization said that Food prices all-time high,

“The unfavorable situation in the global food market did not begin to take shape yesterday or even from the moment Russia launched a special military operation in the Donbass and Ukraine. It began to take shape in early February 2020, in the process of coping with the consequences of the “coronavirus pandemic,” according to a TASS report translated by NBC News.

Putin’s remarks come as the United Nations continues its efforts to release grain stuck in Ukraine’s Black Sea ports due to the Russian blockade.

— Christine Vango

UN calls for an end to violence as it works to free grain exports stuck in Black Sea ports

As the war in Ukraine entered its 100th day, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated that the conflict “has already claimed thousands of lives, caused untold destruction, displaced millions, resulting in unacceptable violations of human rights.” Happened.” Violations have occurred and are fueling a three-pronged global crisis – food, energy and finance – that is crushing the most vulnerable people, countries and economies. ,

“As we mark this sad day, I reiterate my call for an immediate end to violence, for unfettered humanitarian access to all those in need, for the safe evacuation of civilians trapped in war zones and for the protection of civilians.” Am.” For immediate protection and respect for human rights. According to international norms,” the UN chief said.

The United Nations said it was working to obtain fertilizer from major producer Russia as well as freeing grain stuck in Ukraine’s Black Sea ports. The agency estimates that 1.5 billion people globally need that food and fertilizer. It stressed that resumption of exports is the key to preventing another crisis.

While humanitarian efforts have called for alternatives to marine exports, the United Nations stated that the sea is still the “only viable solution” due to the “production of large quantities of grain and other essential food items”. UN Crisis Coordinator for Ukraine Amin Awadh said rail and truck transport cannot run in equal amounts and have their own logistics problems.

— Christine Vango