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Russia-Ukraine war – Key developments, day 189

Gas shipments from Russia through a significant pipeline to Europe were stopped, deepening the economic conflict between Moscow and Brussels and posing the possibility of a recession and energy rationing in some of the wealthier nations in the region.

The French energy minister claimed that Gazprom was using a pretext to stop supplying gas to a contractor in France, but he also indicated that France had foreseen the supply interruption.

According to the state department, the US government believes that Russia is preparing to hold fake elections in regions of Ukraine under its control to show that Ukrainians support joining Russia.

While the EU is still divided over an outright travel ban, foreign ministers are set to agree to suspend a visa accord with Russia and make its citizens wait longer and pay more for permits. Some EU member states are putting up a strong fight against the Czech Republic, which is currently in office, because it forbids Russians from travelling within the bloc. Hungary, Luxembourg, Austria, Germany, and France have all voiced opposition.

The UN said that a ship bringing wheat from Ukraine to the Horn of Africa, which is suffering from a drought, has docked in Djibouti.

As Moscow’s soldiers draw closer to the city, Ukraine will request that the ancient port city of Odesa be added to its list of World Heritage Sites.

From Kyiv, a convoy of the International Atomic Energy Agency has left towards the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power facility in southern Ukraine. The radiation level at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station is still normal, according to Russia’s defence ministry.

Russia was accused by Ukraine of purposefully bombing a route that IAEA officials would have to take to get to the plant in an effort to persuade them to take the route through Russian-occupied Crimea. No answer was given right away by Moscow.

According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Ukrainian forces have struck Russian positions all along the front.

An ally of Ukraine, the United Kingdom, claimed that Ukrainian troops in the south had driven Russian front-line forces back in certain locations by taking advantage of Russia’s porous defences.

Oleksiy Arestovych, an adviser to the Ukrainian president, claimed that Ukrainian forces are firing Russian ferries that the latter uses to supply its troops on the western bank of the Dnieper River.

139 tanks, armoured vehicles, and trucks were also lost, according to the Russian ministry of defence, as Ukrainian forces attempted to launch three separate offensives in the Mykolaiv and Kherson districts.

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