‘If Russia is not stopped in Ukraine, NATO will inevitably be drawn into the war,’ Ukrainian official warns
A Ukrainian serviceman talks by phone as he walks through the rubbles of a building of the Polytechnic Sports Complex of the Kharkiv National Technical University after it was hit by Russian missile in Kharkiv on June 24, 2022, amid Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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Ukrainian official Andriy Yermak said that Russia will most likely push its war beyond Ukraine’s borders into NATO-member territory, according to an NBC News translation.
“History has taught us that the aggressor’s appetites grow with each concession,” Yermak, the head of the office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, said on the Telegram messaging app.
“That is why the security of not only Europe but all of humanity is under threat. And we believe that if Russia is not stopped in Ukraine, NATO will inevitably be drawn into the war,” he said, calling for more weapons and ammunition for Ukrainian forces.
“Russia is increasingly convinced that it cannot defeat Ukraine on the battlefield. That is why they increasingly resort to bloody terror and the killing of civilians and the destruction of civilian infrastructure,” he added.
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Turkey optimistic about Ukraine grain exports
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan arrives for a NATO summit in Madrid, Spain June 29, 2022.
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expressing optimism that humanitarian corridors could be opened to enable the export of Ukrainian grain to the rest of the world amid Russia’s war.
Tens of millions of people across the world are at risk of hunger as the four-month war has disrupted shipments of grain from Ukraine.
Speaking during a meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden on the margins of the NATO summit, Erdogan said, “We are trying to solve the process with a balancing policy. Our hope is that this balance policy will lead to results and allow us possibility to get grain to countries that are facing shortages right now through a corridor as soon as possible.”
Turkey has played a central role in negotiations with Russia and Ukraine to try to reach an agreement that would allow for an increase of the amount of grain that can get out of Ukraine amid the conflict.
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Russia’s imports drop more than 40% and car production is down by 60%, U.K. government says
Russian President Vladimir Putin looks on as he holds a meeting of the Russia – Land of Opportunity platform supervisory board at the Catherine’s Hall of the Kremlin in Moscow on April 20, 2022.
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The British government said that Russian imports have dropped more than 40% in the months after the Kremlin invaded Ukraine.
“Car production is also down by 60% and Russia’s own Transport Minister has admitted that Russia’s logistical infrastructure is now ‘broken’ as a result of sanctions,” the British government wrote in a release on the effect of sanctions on Moscow.
To date, the United Kingdom has imposed sanctions on more than 1,000 people and on more than 120 businesses since the start of Russia’s invasion. The British government added that…