Ukraine’s First U.N. Grain Ship Prepares to Depart for Africa

The Brave Commander, a freighter, is expected to carry 23,000 metric tons of wheat to Ethiopia, which World Food Program officials said was “on the verge of famine.”

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Living Side by Side, Ukrainian and Russian Sailors Are Tested by War

Sailors are accustomed to not discussing politics at sea, but the war between the two countries has made that more difficult.

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Ukraine Grain Ship Passes Russia’s Black Sea Blockade

For the first time since Russia invaded Ukraine in February, a ship loaded with corn sailed out of Odesa, part of a deal officials hope will help ease food shortages around the world.

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Blinken and Lavrov Discuss Griner in Their First Call of the War

Ukraine said it was ready for Black Sea grain shipments to resume, while the top Russian and American diplomats talked about a prisoner swap involving the basketball star Brittney Griner.

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Erdogan Remains a Headache for Biden, Even After Ukraine Deal Help

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey assisted in brokering an agreement to unblock Ukrainian grain but has alarmed U.S. officials on other fronts.

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From the Early Morning Sky, Shards of Hot Metal

Ukrainians reacted in fury to a Russian missile strike near Odesa, the latest in a string of attacks on civilian targets.

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Russia’s Blockade of Ukraine Is ‘War Crime,’ Top E.U. Official Says

The remarks by the official, Josep Borrell Fontelles, were among the strongest language from a Western leader in describing the Kremlin’s tactics to subjugate Ukraine.

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Odesa Opera House Reopens Amid Putin’s War

War is not far away, but a city that has always lived for the moment proclaims that culture will help Ukraine prevail.

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On Inflation and the Food Crisis, the World Can Work Together or Fall Apart

No single country can solve the problem of rising food and fuel costs.

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France and Germany Stand With Ukraine, and Putin Can Wait

Seeking to overcome tensions with Kyiv, President Emmanuel Macron of France and Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany backed away from Moscow diplomacy, at least for now.

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The Race to Free Ukraine’s Stranded Grain

An operation to bring grain out from Ukraine through Lithuania, with considerable political hurdles, is just one option being considered amid warnings of mass starvation around the world.

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Ukraine War’s Geographic Reality: Russia Has Seized Much of the East

Despite many stumbles and setbacks, the Russian military has gained near total control of the Donbas region, giving the Kremlin huge leverage in any future talks.

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How Much of Ukraine Does Russia Hold?

Although Russian forces failed to take Kyiv, they have captured large chunks of the south and east, giving Moscow a chance to strangle the country economically.

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Moskva, Russia’s Prized Ship, Was Hit by Missiles, U.S. Officials Say

The sinking of the Moskva was a major blow to the Russian fleet and the most significant combat loss for any navy in decades.

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Russian Ship Was Hit by Missiles, U.S. Officials Say

The sinking of the Moskva was a major blow to the Russian fleet and the most significant combat loss for any navy in decades.

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War’s Disruption to Ukraine’s Farms Seeds Global Food Crisis

The Russian invasion is pummeling Ukraine’s agriculture, threatening harvests in Europe’s breadbasket and contributing to a global food crisis.

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Odessa’s Role in the Historic Rise of Ukraine

How history cut off the rise of a great city.

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In Rare Rebuke, Chinese Denounce Russia’s War in Ukraine

A persistent minority of Chinese scholars, journalists and citizens is warning Beijing against the risks of supporting the invasion of Ukraine.

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While Ukrainian Writers Read Poems, Russian Military Threatened Kyiv

Why are so many turning to poetry during this war?

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For Ukraine’s Jews, the Threat of War Stirs Memories of Past Horrors

In Odessa, Jewish leaders are preparing for the worst: hiring security guards, scoping out bomb shelters and making plans to evacuate if Russia invades the country.

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