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UK rejects Putin's claims about Ukraine's grain exports to poor countries

UK rejects Putin’s claims about Ukraine’s grain exports to poor countries

Britain on Sunday rejected Russian President Vladimir Putin’s claim that a small portion of Ukraine’s grain exports under an international agreement goes to poorer countries, calling it false.

Putin said on Wednesday that only two of the 87 ships carrying 60,000 tons of goods went to poor countries, citing Reuters.

An agreement brokered by the United Nations and Turkey to export grain from Ukraine’s ports on the Black Sea went into effect last month.

Citing figures from the United Nations, Britain’s Ministry of Defense estimated that about 30% of grain exported under the agreement went to low- and middle-income countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

In an intelligence report on Twitter, the ministry said Russia was pursuing a strategy of deliberate disinformation while promoting food insecurity, discrediting Ukraine and undermining resistance to its invasion.

Earlier, Energodam, the operator of Ukraine’s Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, said the Russian-controlled nuclear power plant had completely ceased operations.

The company added that it had disconnected the plant’s sixth unit from the power grid, citing Reuters news agency.

Kiev on Wednesday called on residents of Russian-occupied areas around the station to evacuate for their own safety.

Russia and Ukraine have accused each other of bombing a nuclear power plant and threatening a nuclear holocaust.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also called for the demilitarization of the surrounding region.

In another context, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Shmyal said in a phone call with US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Saturday that Ukraine is negotiating a $1.5 billion loan from the US Export-Import Bank to buy natural gas. came in a statement on Telegram quoted from Reuters.

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Meanwhile, Russian sources confirmed yesterday to Al-Arabiya news channel that Ukrainian forces have entered the center of Slavyansk.

The sources said that Ukrainian forces are advancing in the fighting in Kharkiv and that Russia still controls key areas in Kharkiv..