War in Ukraine: Latest developments - Military - War in Ukraine
More than 100 ministers are meeting at the World Trade Organization in Geneva to tackle pressing issues including global food security threatened by Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Top of the agenda as the four-day meeting kicks off is the toll Russia's war in Ukraine -- traditionally a breadbasket that feeds hundreds of millions of people -- is having on food security. Former McDonald's restaurants in Russia have been renamed "Vkusno i tochka" ("Delicious. Replete with a new logo to replace the Golden Arches, the restaurant on Moscow's Pushkin Square -- where the very first McDonald's opened its doors to long queues and great fanfare in January 1990 -- is due to open its doors again on Sunday. The US McDonald's fast-food giant announced on May 16 that it would exit Russia in the wake of Moscow's Ukraine offensive. Ukraine's bid to become a candidate to join the EU will get a clear signal next week, the bloc's chief Ursula von der Leyen announces in a surprise visit to Kyiv. Von der Leyen says talks she held with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky "will enable us to finalise our assessment by the end of next week". It is the first time the EU has publicly given timing on when the commission will deliver its opinion.
Volodymyr Zelensky has urged international pressure to end a Russian naval blockade of Black Sea ports that has choked off his country's grain exports, threatening a global food crisis. "The world will face an acute and severe food crisis and famine, in many countries of Asia and Africa," Zelensky says in a video addressed to the Shangri-La Dialogue security summit in Singapore. Authorities in the Moscow-occupied city of Kherson in southern Ukraine have handed out Russian passports to local residents for the first time, news agencies reported. Russia's TASS agency says 23 Kherson residents received a Russian passport at a ceremony through a "simplified procedure" facilitated by a decree signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in May. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says his country's forces are involved in "very difficult battles", including in the eastern Donbas region where Russia has focused its firepower. "Ukrainian troops are doing everything to stop the offensive of the occupiers," Zelensky says. He adds in his address that Ukraine must "not allow the world to divert its attention away from what is happening on the battlefield". In the Mykolaiv region near the frontline in the south, the regional governor calls for urgent international military assistance.
"Russia's army is more powerful, they have a lot of artillery and ammo. "The help of Europe and America is very, very important. US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin issues scathing criticism of Moscow and its goals in Ukraine. "Let's be clear: Russia's invasion of Ukraine is what happens when oppressors trample the rules that protect us all," he tells the Shangri-La Dialogue security summit in Singapore. "It's what happens when big powers decide that their imperial appetites matter more than the rights of their peaceful neighbours. "And it's a preview of a possible world of chaos and turmoil that none of us would want to live in.
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