STOCKHOLM – Sweden is helping Ukraine restore a “secure electricity supply” by sending equipment to repair power grids destroyed during the war.
Swedish Energy Minister Hashayar Farmanbar said that “secure electricity supply is needed to maintain socially important activities in Ukraine.”
Svenska kraftnät, the body responsible for Sweden’s electricity transmission system, received a request from Ukraine through the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity to provide equipment for the repair of electrical networks.
The equipment for Ukraine will be taken from Sweden’s emergency stockpile, which exists to repair power grids and will not affect Sweden’s emergency preparedness request, the energy ministry said in a statement Thursday.
KEY DEVELOPMENT OF THE RUSSIA-UKRAINE WAR:
– Possible mass graves near Mariupol, shown in satellite images
– Biden promises $ 1.3 billion more for new weapons, economic aid to help Ukraine
– EXPLANATOR: Why Washington is increasing heavy weapons for Ukraine
– The United States will welcome refugees from Ukraine, but no longer through Mexico
– The war in Ukraine encourages attempts to take a closer look at the UN veto
– Britain to offer new weapons to India, hoping to repel it from Russia
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LONDON – The British Ministry of Defense says that the decision of Russia to stop its efforts to take over a stable protected steel plant in the city of Mariupol is an effort to release troops for deployment in other parts of eastern Ukraine.
In an intelligence update released Friday morning, the ministry said “a full ground attack by Russia on the plant is likely to result in significant Russian casualties, which will further reduce their overall combat effectiveness.”
The ministry says heavy shelling and fighting continue in the Donbas region as Russia seeks to advance towards the settlements of Krasni Liman, Bukhaykva, Barvinkove, Liman and Popsana.
The ministry also says earlier losses still affect the Russian military, which is now forced to send damaged equipment back to Russia for repairs as it tries to re-equip depleted forces.
UNITED NATIONS – Russia and Ukraine clashed at the UN on Thursday over whether the Russian war was to blame for rising world food prices and hunger.
Among them, the two countries account for nearly a third of the world’s wheat and barley exports, and millions of people in the Middle East, Africa and parts of Asia depend on them for bread and noodles at an affordable price. Ukraine is also a major supplier of corn and the largest exporter of sunflower oil.
“As Russia persists in invading Ukraine, the threat of famine will loom over many countries around the world,” Ukrainian adviser Natalia Mudrenko said Thursday at an informal UN Security Council meeting to discuss conflict and famine.
Russia’s deputy ambassador, Dmitry Chumakov, has said sanctions, trade wars, the coronavirus pandemic and Western economic policy are shaking global food, energy and financial markets.
Chumakov said Russia’s critics were trying to divert the focus from sanctions and “the economic selfishness of developed countries during the pandemic”.
Kyiv, Ukraine – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked the United States for a new $ 800 million package of military aid, which he said was “exactly what we were waiting for.”
The latest military aid, announced Thursday by President Joe Biden, includes heavy artillery, ammunition and drones for the escalating battle in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine.
Zekensky called on Western countries to speed up arms supplies to help Ukraine repel the Russian offensive.
“The occupiers continue to do everything possible to give themselves a reason to talk about at least some kind of victory,” Zelenski said in a video address to the nation late Thursday. “They are growing their forces, introducing new tactical battalions and even trying to start the so-called ‘mobilization’ in the regions they are occupying in Ukraine.”
Zelensky also warned Ukrainians in Russian-controlled areas not to provide their troops with personal documents that he said could be used “to falsify the so-called referendum on our land” to form a friendly government in Moscow.
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