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Russia’s U.N. Ambassador storms out of Security Council meeting



Russia’s U.N. Ambassador has stormed out of a Security Council meeting after being blamed for sparking a global food crisis

The President of the European Council, Charles Michel says Russia is using food supplies as against the developing world, which has forced people into poverty.

“Let’s be honest, the Kremlin is using food supplies as a stealth missile against developing countries.”


But the Russian representative Vassily Nebenzia says Michel is spreading lies.

Ukraine conflict sparks food crisis

Ukraine is a large exporter of cooking oil as well as cereals. But the ongoing conflict has left food stuck at crucial ports in the war-torn country.

“Russia is solely responsible for this food crisis,” Michel says.

As Nebenzia left the chamber, he reportedly told Reuters he “couldn’t stay” because of “the lies that Charles Michel came here to distribute”.

Ukraine is a major supplier of cooking oil and grains.

Russia exports grains and fertiliser, which has caused the price of alternatives to soar in light of the crisis.

Michel is also accusing Russia of stealing grains and preventing crop planting because of its military activities in Ukraine.

“This is something that everyone is feeling across the globe,” says White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.

It comes as inflation soars around the world, which is forcing food and gas prices to surge.

“We understand that prices—these gas prices, including food prices in particular—those two things, as we look at inflation and trying to make sure that we’re fighting inflation in every way that we can, is hurting families—is hurting families, especially as they sit around their kitchen table,” Jean-Pierre says.

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Ukraine and Moldova on the edge of EU membership



Ukraine and Moldova have officially been granted EU candidate status, moving the nations one step closer to joining the union

The decision comes nearly four months after Ukraine’s Zelensky launched his country’s bid to join the bloc, and deals a major blow to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

But Russia’s President Putin claims he has “nothing against” the possible membership, saying it’s Ukraine’s “sovereign decision” to join or not.

But some analysts are doubting whether Russia’s comments are genuine.

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Russia targets Ukrainian capital of Kyiv during G7



Russia has targeted the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, as leaders of the G7 meet in Germany

A missile strike left one dead, and six wounded after a residential apartment was hit. It’s the first such strikes on the capital in three weeks.

The city’s Deputy Mayor says four people were admitted to local hospitals, as authorities continue their search and rescue efforts.

It’s believed a 7-year-old girl is among those who are injured in the complex. Meanwhile, a missile funnel has been found in the backyard of a nearby kindergarten.

U-S President Joe Biden says the strikes are barbaric, but declined to comment on whether they were deliberately occurring because of the G7 meeting.

The Group of Seven leaders will ban imports of gold from Russia, the latest in a series of sweeping sanctions against the nation for its war in Ukraine.

Leaders will also discuss rising energy costs and inflation.

President Biden is also pledging 200 billion dollars as part of a global infrastructure package to counter China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

Meanwhile, Russia maintains the invasion is a special military operation.

The nation’s Defence Minister has paid a visit to Russian troops and giving medals to soldiers.

President Vladimir Putin says his nation will transfer nuclear-capable missile systems to Belarus in the coming months.

Belarus has been a close ally to Russia. The nation’s President travelled to St Petersburg for a series of meetings at the weekend.

Meanwhile, the G7 says there is one world leader who is missing from their high-stakes talks.

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Body behind Eurovision “understands the disappointment” over next host city



Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision contest in May, capturing the hearts of the world

After taking out the win, that would mean Ukraine would host the competition next year.

But the European Broadcasting Union announced last week it could not be held in Ukraine following Russia’s invasion.

The body behind Eurovision now says it “understands the disappointment” over its decision not to hold next year’s song contest in Ukraine.

The EBU said it was in talks with the BBC to host the contest in the UK.

That’s because British entrant Sam Ryder came second in this year’s contest with his single Spaceman.

The announcement was met with disappointment by Ukrainians but the E-B-U doubled down on its position, saying in a statement that it “fully understands the disappointment that greeted the announcement”.

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