FAO food price index fell sharply in July but the respite may not last

Farmers harvest a wheat field near Melitopol in Ukraine. Wheat, soybean, sugar, and corn futures have fallen from their March highs back to prices seen at the start of 2022. Olga Maltseva | afp | Getty Images Food prices dropped significantly in July from the previous month, particularly the costs of wheat and vegetable oil, … Read more

The Ukrainians Are Hitting The Russians Where They Aren’t

The Ukrainian army’s 93rd Brigade around Izium. Ukrainian defense ministry photo The Russian army in Ukraine is apparently shifting a third of its forces in eastern Ukraine to southern Ukraine in order to defend against Ukrainian attacks in the south. But that’s exposing gaps in Russian defenses in the east. And now the Ukrainian army … Read more

Russian weapons in Ukraine ‘powered’ by Western parts: Report | Russia-Ukraine war News

More than 450 foreign-made components have been found in Russian weapons recovered in Ukraine, evidence that Moscow acquired critical technology from companies in the United States, Europe and Asia in the years before the invasion, according to a new report. Since the start of the war five months ago, the Ukrainian military has captured or … Read more

Putin loses elite commander Nikolay Gorban in Ukraine: report

Russia’s Vladimir Putin has lost an elite Foreign Security Service commander in the Ukraine war, marking the 99th senior officer to die during the five-month conflict, according to a new report. Lt. Colonel Nikolay Gorban, 36, was a commander in the FSB’s special forces, and he died “somewhere in Ukraine on August 2,” reported InformNapalm … Read more

Former US ambassador predicts Griner will be released in ‘two-for-two’ prisoner swap

Former US Ambassador to the UN Bill Richardson predicted Sunday that US citizens Paul Whelan and Brittney Griner, who are imprisoned in Russia, will be freed in a “two-for-two” prisoner swap with Moscow. “I’m optimistic. I think she’s going to be free,” Richardson said of WNBA star Griner on ABC’s “This Week.” “There’s gonna be … Read more

Amnesty regrets ‘distress and anger’ caused by Ukraine report | Russia-Ukraine war News

A controversial report alleging Ukraine military violations of international law caused the head of Amnesty Ukraine to resign in protest. Amnesty International said it “deeply regrets the distress and anger” caused after it alleged Ukrainian forces were flouting international law by exposing civilians to Russian fire. The rights group said “we fully stand by our … Read more

Zaporizhzhia: UN’s nuclear watchdog warns of ‘disaster’ at Ukraine power plant as shelling continues

CNN — The world’s nuclear watchdog has called for an immediate cessation of hostilities near Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine after it was struck by shelling, triggering the shutdown of one of the reactors and signaling the “real risk of a nuclear disaster.” The director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), … Read more

Russia begins new assault on 2 cities in Ukraine’s Donetsk region

Russian forces began an assault Saturday on two key cities in the eastern Donetsk region and kept up rocket and shelling attacks on other Ukrainian cities, including one close to Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, Ukraine’s military and local officials said. Both cities of Bakhmut and Avdiivka have been considered key targets of Russia’s ongoing … Read more

Fighting in Ukraine shifts as Russian troops advance in south

The war in Ukraine entered a new deadlier phase Saturday as Russian troops advanced into the country’s south and shelling was reported at a power complex in the area, igniting fears of a nuclear disaster. A British intelligence report warned that Russian troops are making headway into southern Ukraine, and predicted the fighting would now … Read more

‘Putin’s Chef’ Yevgeny Prigozhin Is Touring Prisons for Wagner Recruits to Fight in Ukraine, Reports Say

A sanctioned Russian businessman and close Putin ally linked to the notorious Wagner Group has reportedly been personally touring Russian prisons and recruiting inmates to join the fight in Ukraine. That’s according to new reporting out Saturday by the independent outlet Mediazona, which interviewed two inmates held in different facilities in different regions of Russia. … Read more