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Russia-Ukraine war news: US official says Russia and North Korea are progressing in arms negotiations

Russia-Ukraine war news: US official says Russia and North Korea are progressing in arms negotiations

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, during a meeting in Moscow on August 23; North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party at its headquarters in Pyongyang in early 2023. (Pool/Sputnik/Kremlin; KCNA/KNS/AP)

US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas Greenfield told a news conference that Russia and North Korea are “actively advancing” in negotiations over weapons to be used in the war in Ukraine, a revelation she called “new” and “deeply troubling.” As tensions continue to fester between Washington, Pyongyang and Moscow.

Here’s the latest news about the war and its impact around the world.

“Russia is negotiating possible deals for large quantities and multiple types of munitions from North Korea for use against Ukraine,” he added. said Thomas Greenfield, using the acronym for North Korea’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. It accused Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu of using his visit to North Korea last month as an opportunity “to try to persuade Pyongyang to sell artillery ammunition to Russia.” It also condemned Shoigu’s attendance at the state’s secret military parade, which included weapons banned by the UN Security Council.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un exchanged messages after visiting Shoigu To Pyongyang in July said Thomas Greenfield. It added that another group of Russian officials had traveled to North Korea to “follow discussions on possible arms deals” and that the negotiations could include the purchase of raw materials that could be used in Russia’s “defense industrial base”. “Moscow and Pyongyang maintain good relations,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in response to the report of Putin and Kim’s messages. “This is our neighbor, and it is a very important neighbor in its region, so these relations will be further developed,” Al-Khamis said.

Ukraine is investigating its military medical commissions for corruption After it was found that some branches accepted bribes in exchange for forged health documents that rendered the men ineligible for conscription. President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his evening address that the number of men expunged from military records by medical commissions had increased tenfold in some regions since February, and that it was “absolutely clear” that there were “corrupt decisions”. He said bribes ranging from $3,000 to $15,000 were paid to escape conscription, while other eligible men managed to escape abroad.

The funeral of the leader of the Wagner Group, Dmitry Utkin, was held on Thursday, This was reported by independent Russian media. Utkin, who died in the same plane crash that killed Yevgeny Prigozhin last week, was a senior aide to Prigozhin, as well as a well-known operational leader for the group. He was responsible for leadership and combat training and worked closely with Prigozhin in Ukraine, Syria and elsewhere. Utkin was sanctioned by the US Treasury Department for his involvement in Ukraine. Prigozhin was buried in a secret ceremony in St Petersburg on Tuesday.

Grant Shapps has been appointed Britain’s new Minister of Defence, following the resignation of Ben Wallace. Wallace announced his plans to resign in July after four years in the job, and he was a key figure in London’s military support for Kiev. In his resignation letter, Wallace wrote: “The United Kingdom commands respect around the world for our armed forces, and that respect has only grown even more since the war in Ukraine.” Shapps, who previously served as Minister of Energy Security, Pledge To continue Britain’s support for Ukraine in its fight against Putin’s barbaric invasion.

Russia is set to discuss an alternative to the Black Sea grain deal with Türkiye this week, The Russian Foreign Ministry said. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Turkish counterpart Hakan Fidan are expected to meet in Moscow to discuss a proposal to send grain to Turkey with financial help from Qatar. The Russian Foreign Ministry said the grain would be processed in Turkey and exported to “needy” countries. The Kremlin also said that the leaders of Russia and Turkey would meet in Russia “soon”.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has led to “one of the most turbulent periods in decades for global food security”. According to a report issued by the Office of the US Director of National Intelligence. It also said that Russian forces stole about 6 million tons of Ukrainian wheat from the areas it controlled for export and private consumption.

Operations at the Pskov military airport in Russia returned to normal on Thursday after it was bombed This week, in a drone strike, four Il-76s were destroyed, according to Russia’s state news agency Tass. The missile and drone attacks on Kiev early Wednesday followed the deaths of two people in the Ukrainian capital. Russia has reported drone strikes in at least six of its regions.

Russia witnessed at least 25 separate “drone attacks” in August., according In a daily intelligence update from the British Ministry of Defense on Thursday. She added that many of the drones “reached their targets, which probably means that the Russian air defense is having difficulty detecting and destroying them.” He added that Russia may reconsider its air defense strategies to better prepare itself against such attacks.

The Russian Embassy in Washington condemned the US decision to send an additional $250 million in military aid to UkraineHe described it as “the height of hypocrisy”. “Washington will not abandon the concept of fighting Russia to the last Ukrainian,” the embassy said on Telegram.

Putin suffers from a falling ruble and rising prices due to sanctions: When Putin addressed top economic officials last week after a painful month in which the Russian ruble fell to a 16-month low against the US dollar, he sought to strike a confident tone, Katherine Bilton, Jeff Stein and Robin Dixon report.

But he could not avoid addressing the growing vulnerability of the economy as the impact of Western sanctions worsened, exacerbated by the devaluation of the ruble.

“Objective data shows that inflationary risks are increasing, and the task of curbing price growth has now become the first priority,” Putin said. I ask my colleagues in the government and the central bank to keep the situation under constant control.”

Government spending on Russia’s defense industry is making Putin’s war clear in the minds of many Russians for the first time.

Natalia Abakumova and Robyn Dixon contributed to this report.

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