Three grain ships departed Ukrainian ports, while the first inbound cargo vessel since Russia’s invasion was scheduled to arrive later in the day to load, as Kyiv demanded that the safe passage agreement be extended to other goods such as metals.

ECONOMY/DIPLOMACY

  • According to the Odesa regional government, a Turkish bulk carrier is set to arrive in the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Chornomorsk on Friday, becoming the first vessel to reach a Ukrainian port during Russia’s invasion.
  • According to Kyiv’s agricultural ministry, Ukrainian farmers have threshed 17.5 million tonnes of the 2022 grain harvest so far, with an average yield of 3.64 tonnes per hectare, a number substantially lower than in 2021 due to the Russian invasion.
  • Russia’s grain export forecast for the 2022/23 July-June season would be reduced from 50 million tonnes to 50 million tonnes if the harvest falls short of the objective of 130 million tonnes, according to the agriculture ministry. It blamed the slower harvests on a cold spring, rain, and a dearth of spare parts for foreign-made agricultural equipment.
  • According to a German government source, the European Union plans to put together another finance package for Ukraine by September totaling around 8 billion euros ($8.15 billion).
  • A standoff over the return of a turbine that Russia claims is impeding gas supplies to Europe remained unresolved, with Moscow claiming it needed documents to confirm the equipment was not sanctioned.
  • The Ukraine conflict is the most perilous time for Europe since World War II, and Russia must not be allowed to prevail, according to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.
  • A top assistant to Turkey’s president said the world cannot end the Ukraine crisis by ignoring Moscow, adding that “diplomacy and peace must prevail” as Tayyip Erdogan prepared to travel to Russia to meet with his counterpart Vladimir Putin.
  • According to Defence Minister Anita Anand, Canada will send up to 225 personnel to Britain to train Ukrainian military recruits, with the first troops arriving next week.

FIGHTING

  • The governor of Ukraine’s southern border city of Mykolaiv announced an unusually extended curfew from late Friday to early Monday morning in order to catch those collaborating with Russia.
  • According to Russia’s defense ministry, its soldiers destroyed
  • Russian news outlets reported the presence of two US-made M777 howitzers in Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia area.
  • According to Ukraine’s General Staff, Russian shelling of dozens of towns across the country targeted both civilian communities and military facilities.
  • Ukrainian forces recovered two villages near the eastern city of Sloviansk, but were driven back to the outskirts of Avdiivka after being forced to surrender a critical defensive position, a coal mine.
  • In a study comparable to Russian propaganda and disinformation, Amnesty International accused Ukraine on Thursday of endangering people by basing military in residential areas.

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