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On 22 July, Russia and Ukraine signed the UN-mediated deal in Istanbul that stipulates the delivery of Ukrainian grain from the Black Sea ports as well as lifting restrictions on the logistics of Russian food exports.
Two more ships loaded with grain, the Polarnet and the Rojen, have left the Ukrainian port of Chernomorsk and are heading to Istanbul for inspection by members of the joint coordination center, Turkey's national defense ministry announced.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan are expected to meet in Sochi later today to discuss the implementation of the UN-mediated grain deal that was signed by Moscow and Kiev in Istanbul earlier this month. The two presidents will also discuss the ongoing conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, as well as bilateral trade cooperation.
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03:18 GMT 06.08.2022
The Kherson Region is no Longer Under the Jurisdiction of Ukraine - authorities
02:32 GMT 06.08.2022
Amnesty International Ukrainian Office Head Resigns After Report on Kiev Tactics - Reports
Oksana Pokalchuk, the head of the Ukrainian office of the Amnesty International human rights group, has stepped down after the organization published a report on the Ukrainian tactics which violates international law, media reported.
According to the news outlet, Pokalchuk voiced disagreement with the report and announced her resignation.
On Thursday, Amnesty International said in the report that the Ukrainian forces are setting up military bases in residential areas, including schools and hospitals, as well as launching attacks from populated territories.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy has sharply criticized the report while Amnesty International's Secretary-General Agnes Callamard has voiced support for it.
00:47 GMT 06.08.2022
Russian Ambassador Describes US Allegations About Russian Role in Food Crisis as Absurd
Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov has described US Agency for International Development Administrator Samantha Power's remarks on the Russian role in the global food crisis as absurd.
"All the attempts to shift responsibility on Russia are absurd. As usually, there is a lot of lies. The remarks are non-professional, lacking relevant analysis and understanding of the situation as well as the aspiration for understanding the essence of the problem," Antonov told reporters.
The ambassador explained the current food crisis with the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, supply chain interruptions, inflation, accelerated urbanization, accumulated soil fatigue and climate change.
"Anti-Russian sanctions play a special role here. The restrictions are deliberately designed to confuse and intimidate foreign companies and make it highly difficult to cooperate with Russian enterprises," the diplomat noted.
Antonov added that Russia was making efforts to boost the global food security.
23:35 GMT 05.08.2022
Russia to Bring International Experts, Journalists to Olenivka - Polyanskiy
Moscow will bring experts and journalists to the site of the missile strike in Olenivka, Russian Deputy Representative to the United Nations Dmitry Polyanskiy told Jackson Hinkle on The Dive podcast.
"Olenivka is even more a shame, because it is absolutely clear, we showed the evidence, and we will bring, of course, international experts there, journalists," Polyanskiy said.
The Olenivka detention center, hosting Ukrainian prisoners of war, was shelled by Ukrainian troops with US-supplied High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) in late July.
On July 31, Polyanskiy said Russia has informed the United Nations that it has evidence showing that Kiev is to blame for the deadly shelling.
19:28 GMT 05.08.2022
Biden Administration Soon to Sign New $1Bln Security Package for Ukraine – Reports
US President Joe Biden will sign a new $1 billion security aid package for Ukraine in the coming days, Reuters reported on Friday, citing sources.
The new package is reportedly set to be announced next Monday and will include munitions for long-range weaponry and armored medical transport vehicles.
The value and content of the next package could change before it is signed by Biden, the report added.
18:55 GMT 05.08.2022
Turkish Cargo Ship to Mark First Call at Ukrainian Ports Since February 24 on Saturday
ISTANBUL (Sputnik) - Turkish general cargo ship FULMAR S, which was inspected at the port of Istanbul on Friday morning, will reach Ukraine on August 6, marking the first call at a Ukrainian port since the beginning of Russia's military operation in February, the Turkish Directorate General of Maritime Affairs said.
"The inspection of the ship that will make the first voyage to Ukrainian ports, which have been shut down since February 24 and with which operations have been stopped, was completed in the morning. Turkish ship FULMAR S, which began its voyage at 3:30 p.m. [12:30 GMT], will reach Ukraine in the evening of August 6," the directorate said on Twitter.
18:55 GMT 05.08.2022
Biden Admin Expected to Sign New $1Bln Ukraine Security Assistance Package in Coming Days - Reports
18:54 GMT 05.08.2022
Putin, Erdogan Stress Need for Full Implementation of 'Food Deal'
SOCHI (Sputnik) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, recognized the importance of constructive relations between Moscow and Ankara in concluding agreements on lifting restrictions on the supply of Russian products for export and on facilitating the export of Ukrainian grain by Russia, the leaders emphasized the need to ensure their full implementation, according to the leaders' joint statement following the Friday talks.
"In this context, the leaders recognized the important role of constructive relations between the two countries in concluding an initiative on the safe export of grain from Ukrainian ports," the document says.
The statement emphasizes the need to ensure the full implementation of the Istanbul agreements in spirit and letter, "including the unimpeded export of Russian grain, fertilizers and raw materials for their production."
18:06 GMT 05.08.2022
Russian MoD Calls on Int'l Organizations to Condemn Zelensky's 'Criminal' Regime for Acts of Nuclear Terrorism After Ukrainian Troops Attack Zaporozhye NPP
17:11 GMT 05.08.2022
Latvia Suspends Visa Issuance to Russians Indefinitely
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Latvian embassy in Moscow said on Friday that Riga had suspended the issuance of visas to Russian nationals except for entry for funerals of close relatives.
"The Latvian embassy in Moscow suspended the acceptance of visa applications from citizens of the Russian Federation for an indefinite period, except for attendance of funerals of close relatives," the embassy said on Twitter.
The Latvian visa center in Moscow confirmed this information to Sputnik.
"Visas are not being issued to Russians since yesterday," a representative of the visa center said.
Latvia became the second Baltic country that suspended visas for Russian citizens. In late July, Estonia banned Russian and Belarusian citizens from obtaining visas and residence permits for studying purposes and applying for short-term employment without a valid Estonian visa.
17:11 GMT 05.08.2022
US Warship Gunston Hall Arrives in Estonia
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall arrived in the Estonian capital of Tallinn on the Baltic Sea on Friday as part of a US Amphibious Ready Group, the US Sixth Fleet said.
ARG flagship Kearsarge and Whidbey Island-class USS Gunston Hall returned to the sea in August after taking part in the Estonian-led exercise Siil 22 in May and the multinational exercise Baltic Operations in June.
The US navy said their presence demonstrated "the United States and like-minded nations’ commitment to preserving security and stability in the region."
The Estonian defense forces said USS Gunston Hall carried 2,000 sailors and marines who would participate in a joint exercise together with Finland off the Finnish port town of Hanko on August 8-19.
17:10 GMT 05.08.2022
Lithuania Reviewing Russia's Note Regarding Railroad Transit Banking - Russian Diplomat
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Vilnius is considering Moscow's note concerning a Lithuanian bank's announcement that it would stop transactions of Russian payments for the transit of goods to the Russian exclave region of Kaliningrad, Russia's charge d'affaires in Lithuania, Sergey Ryabokon, said on Friday.
"We handed over a note to them [the Lithuanian government] a week ago. We spoke with them personally. We have been actively calling them the whole week, asking about their reaction to our request. The answer is the same: 'we are considering it,' - and that is it," Ryabokon told the Rossiya 24 broadcaster.
Last week, Siauliu Bankas, the only Lithuanian bank mandated by the government to process transactions of Russian operators using the services of Lithuanian railroads to transit goods to Kaliningrad, announced that it would stop all operations with Russia starting September 1. Kaliningrad Region Governor Anton Alikhanov said that the bank's refusal to work with Russia would mean the suspension of Kalinigrad railroad transit via Lithuania.
On June 18, Lithuania banned the transportation of goods to the Kaliningrad Region that fell under the sanctions of the European Union, including building materials, metal, wood, cement, fertilizers, alcohol, caviar, and other categories, which account for about 50% of the total railroad traffic from Russia to its exclave. Moscow protested the ban, but the Lithuanian authorities said they were simply complying with EU sanctions. The European Commission had to intervene and specify that sanctions do not apply to railroad transit from Russia to Kaliningrad via Lithuania as long as proper controls are exercised.
17:09 GMT 05.08.2022
Moscow Bans 62 Canadian Citizens From Entering Russia
In response to the latest Canadian sanctions, which affected Russian officials, journalists, experts, and even Patriarch Kirill, 62 Canadian citizens have been blacklisted and banned from entering Russia.
17:05 GMT 05.08.2022
Ukrainian Troops Attacked Zaporozhye NPP for Second Time Over Past Day
17:04 GMT 05.08.2022
EU Countries Adopt Plan to Reduce Gas Demand by 15%
BRUSSELS (Sputnik) - The EU states have finally approved a plan for a voluntary reduction in demand for gas with the possibility of introducing a mandatory reduction in demand by 15% in the coming months, the Council of the EU said in a statement.
"To increase the EU’s security of energy supply, the Council today adopted a regulation on a voluntary reduction of natural gas demand by 15% this winter. The regulation foresees the possibility for the Council to trigger a ‘Union alert’ on security of supply, in which case the gas demand reduction would become mandatory," it says.
On July 20, the European Commission proposed a regulation to reduce demand for gas in the European Union, which was agreed on July 26 by EU energy ministers with a number of amendments.
17:03 GMT 05.08.2022
Azov Sea Port of Berdyansk Fully Demined, Ready to Receive Cargo - Director
BERDYANSK Sputnik) - The Berdyansk commercial seaport on the Azov Sea in the Russia-controlled Zaporozhye Region has been fully cleared of mines and is now ready to receive ships and cargo, the port's director, Vladimir Stelmachenko, said on Friday.
"It was a comprehensive demining by the engineer service of Russia's Black Sea Fleet. Now [we] have a protocol on the full demining and safety of the port," Stelmachenko told journalists.
The port suffered severe damage due to Ukrainian missile strikes and drones, the director said, adding that one of the wharves was rendered almost completely inoperative. Other facilities such as cranes, mechanical loaders and warehouses, withstood the attacks with less damage, the director said.
The loading equipment – cranes and loading machines – has already been partly fixed, with the restoration of the entire port infrastructure expected in the future.
"At the moment the new port team devotes all possible and impossible effort to put the facility back into work. We are already ready to receive ships, both for export and for import, at several operating wharves," Stelmachenko said.
The director is hopeful the port will come to transfer as much cargo as it did in its heyday, adding that Russia's special operation prevented the port from falling into the hands of an unnamed foreign company.
17:02 GMT 05.08.2022
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan meet in Sochi, Russia on Friday August 5, 2022. - Sputnik International, 1920, 05.08.2022
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Putin, Erdogan Agree on Ruble Payment Scheme for Part of Russian Gas Exports to Turkey: Deputy PM
17:00 GMT 05.08.2022
Three People Killed, Five Injured as Ukrainian Ammo Hits Bus in Donetsk
14:54 GMT 05.08.2022
Sunflower harvest in Novosibirsk Region, Russia. - Sputnik International, 1920, 05.08.2022
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14:50 GMT 05.08.2022
Kiev's Shelling of Zaporozhye NPP Aimed at Disrupting Reactor Cooling System, Cause Catastrophe, Authorities Say as They Call on IAEA to Intervene
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