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It is believed that the city of Kremena fell to the Russian forces

The snow-covered city of Kremena, which is believed to have fallen into the hands of Russian forces, is seen here from a bird’s-eye view. The city is located in the Luhansk region in eastern Ukraine.

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The city of Kremina in the eastern Ukraine’s Luhansk region is believed to have fallen to Russian forces, according to the latest intelligence update from Britain’s Ministry of Defense on Tuesday.

“The fall of the city of Kremina was reported, and there were reports of fierce battles south of Izyum, as Russian forces are trying to advance towards the cities of Sloviansk and Kramatorsk from the north and east,” the ministry said in an update on Twitter. He did not mention any other details.

Russian forces are likely trying to encircle heavily fortified Ukrainian positions in eastern Ukraine, the ministry said, adding that Ukrainian forces were preparing their defenses in Zaporizhia, a city on the Dnipro River in southeastern Ukraine, in preparation for a possible Russian attack.

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Russia and India reportedly in talks to resume coke trade

A worker walks over a pile of coal in a coal basin near a mine on November 23, 2021 in India. An Indian trade and government source said Russian and Indian officials met last week in the hope of solving coke supply problems.

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Reuters quoted sources as saying that officials from Russia and India met last week in the hope of resolving coal supply problems.

An Indian trade and government source said that Russian coke exports to Indian steelmakers have been halted since March due to payment methods. This is despite New Delhi signing a plan last year to import coke from Russia.

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Coke is essential in steel production, and Russia typically supplies about 30% of the coke needs of the European Union, Japan, and South Korea.

The sources said that Russian trade officials are concerned about the sanctions imposed on the West and have called on India to continue the agreement.

Sources said that Indian officials were invited to visit Russia to strategize how to secure smooth shipments of coke.

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The Russian foreign minister said the risk of nuclear war now was “very, very important”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a press conference after his talks with Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdul Latif Al-Zayani in Moscow, Russia, April 7, 2022.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a Russian TV channel on Monday that the risks of nuclear war are now too great and should not be underestimated.

“The stakes are really, really, really big,” Lavrov told Channel One. But he also added that there was a danger of the risks being “artificially” inflated.

“The danger is serious and real, and it cannot be underestimated,” Lavrov said. This was reported by the Russian news agency RIA Novosti.

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The UK says Ukraine’s grain harvest is likely to be about 20% lower than it was in 2021

A wheat sample was examined on March 18, 2022. The British Ministry of Defense said in an intelligence update that the Russian invasion of Ukraine “significantly” disrupted Ukrainian agricultural production.

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Britain’s Ministry of Defense said in an intelligence update that the Russian invasion “significantly” disrupted Ukrainian agricultural production.

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“Ukrainian grain harvest for 2022 is likely to be about 20 per cent lower than in 2021 due to reduced seeding areas in the wake of the invasion,” the British ministry said.

The decrease in grain supplies from Ukraine – the world’s fourth largest producer and exporter of agricultural commodities – will not only cause inflationary pressures and raise world grain prices, but also affect global food markets, the ministry said.

Grain prices have risen since the invasion began, and Morgan Stanley expects grain prices to remain above last year’s levels through 2023.

The British Ministry said that “high cereal prices could have significant repercussions on global food markets and threaten global food security, particularly in some of the least economically developed countries.”

– Chelsea Ong

US Defense Secretary Austin said: “We want to see Russia weaken.”

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin attends a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine on April 24, 2022.

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US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Monday during a visit to Kyiv, the first high-level visit by a US official since the war began, that Washington wants to see Russia as “weak” as part of its goals of arming and supporting Ukraine.

“We want to see Ukraine remain a sovereign country, a democracy that is able to defend its sovereign territory. We want to see Russia so weak that it can’t do the things it did in invading Ukraine,” Austin told the press. .

“They’ve already lost a lot of military capabilities, a lot of their forces, quite frankly. In terms of our ability to win, the first step in winning is believing you can win. So, they think they can win, we think they can win, if they have the equipment. Occasion “.

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The visit saw the United States pledge more military and diplomatic support to Ukraine as the Russian invasion entered its 60th day.

– Natasha Turak

Schumer expects “rapid bipartisan” passage of the next Ukraine aid bill

US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he expects another “bipartisan” bill to be passed quickly to help Ukraine in its war against Russia once President Joe Biden submits a new funding request.

– Reuters

Mariupol officials say a new mass grave has been found

Maxar satellite images of expanding the site of another mass grave outside Vynohradne, Ukraine – east of Mariupol. Sequence – 3 of 4 photos.

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Officials in the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol say a new mass grave has been located north of the city.

Mayor Vadim Boychenko said authorities were trying to estimate the number of victims at the cemetery about 10 kilometers (about 6 miles) north of Mariupol.

Satellite images released over the past several days have shown what appear to be images of other mass graves.

Mariupol has been devastated by heavy fighting over the past two months. Capturing the city would deprive Ukraine of a vital port and allow Moscow to establish a land corridor to Crimea, which it seized from Ukraine in 2014.

– News agency

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