Following donations of tanks by the West, Ukrainian soldiers began training to be able to use them. Normally, these should last two months. Various military officials in Europe nevertheless announced that the Ukrainians were already ready, a month later.
UKRAINIAN CEREAL EXPORT
The United Nations estimated on Tuesday that the international agreement on the export of cereals from Ukraine, which since last summer has made it possible to alleviate a world food crisis, should continue as it is beyond March 18, even if Russia has halved the duration.
“The cereals agreement continues for the moment,” said Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for Secretary General Antonio Guterres, during his press briefing at the UN headquarters in New York.
Pressed with questions about the renewal by Saturday of this “Black Sea Cereals Initiative” sealed in July and renewed in November between Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the UN, Stéphane Dujarric replied: “We are doing everything to ensure the continuity of the agreement”.
Tensions remain high between Washington and Moscow after an aerial incident, the United States accusing the Russian air force of having “intercepted and rammed” an American Reaper drone over the Black Sea and caused it to fall, which Russia denies.
“Our MQ-9 drone was performing routine operations in international airspace when it was intercepted and rammed by a Russian aircraft, resulting in the crash and loss of the MQ-9,” said General James Hecker, commander of the American air forces in Europe, confirming information revealed earlier by AFP on an incident involving a Reaper in the Black Sea.
It is the first time since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukrainian territory on February 24, 2022 that a NATO country, support of Ukraine, has acknowledged losing equipment operated by itself in this highly flammable region. .
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