Russia-Ukraine War: What We Know on Day 150 of the Invasion | Ukraine
Lithuania has lifted a ban on rail transport of sanctioned goods to and from the Russian territory of Kaliningrad, the Russian news agency RIA said on Friday. The Baltic state had blocked Russia in June from sending sanctioned goods to Kaliningrad by rail, sparking a promise from Moscow of swift retaliation. RIA quoted Mantas Dubauskas, a spokesman for the state railway company, as saying she had informed customers that they could start shipping goods again. “It is possible that some goods will be transported today,” he was quoted as saying to Lithuanian TV.
Rescuers have recovered three bodies from a school hit by a Russian strike in eastern Ukraine, officials said on Friday, one of a series of attacks in which Russia claims its forces destroyed four Himar (high-mobility artillery missile) systems. The victims in the city of Kramatorsk followed a barrage Thursday on a densely populated area of Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, that killed at least three people and wounded 23.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he had little confidence in Russia fulfilling his side of a deal reached with Ukraine, Turkey and the United Nations on resuming grain shipments from Ukraine, Agence France-Presse reported. “Canada’s confidence in Russia’s reliability is close to zero,” Trudeau said on Friday.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Ukraine put up about $10 billion worth of grain for sale after the deal. “This is further proof that Ukraine can withstand the war,” he said in a late-night address on Friday, Reuters reported. Ukraine would also have a chance to sell the current crop, he said.
Wheat prices fell to levels last seen before the Russian invasion after the agreement on the resumption of grain exports from Ukraine. In Chicago, the price of wheat for delivery in September fell 5.9% to $7.59 a bushel, equivalent to about 27 kg, the lowest close since the Russian invasion on February 24. On Euronext, wheat prices for September delivery fell 6.4% to $325.75 a tonne.
The US is considering sending US-made fighter jets to Ukraine, the White House announced on Friday. The Joe Biden administration had begun exploring the possibility of shipping the jets to Ukraine, but the move will not be made immediately, White House spokesman John Kirby told reporters.
The US signed an additional $270 million in military aid to Ukraine, including four new Himar systems. Kirby said Friday Russia had “launched deadly strikes across the country, hitting malls and apartment buildings and killing innocent Ukrainian civilians.”
A new statement from Europol said the organization has no record of arms smuggling out of Ukraine. The European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation said it has full confidence in Ukraine, especially as the country has started to implement new arms surveillance and tracking measures, Euromaidan reports.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine caused $5.5 billion in damage to Ukraine’s environmentthe Kiev Independent reports. According to Ruslan Strelets, Ukraine’s minister of environmental protection and natural resources, 2,000 cases of damage to nature have been recorded since the Russian invasion on February 24.