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Ukraine: ‘Emergency’ on bridge connecting Crimea to Russia

Last-minute efforts are underway to renew the Black Sea Grain deal before it expires late Monday night. Famous Ukrainian fencer Denys Boreyko was killed in the war, after he had volunteered to fight with Ukrainian forces against Russia’s invasion. For events from July 16, follow this link.

‘Emergency situation’ on Crimean Bridge

Russian-installed Governor Sergei Aksyonov asked people to refrain from travelling on the Crimean Bridge connecting the peninsula to Russia due to “an emergency” situation

Aksyonov said the emergency occurred on the 145th pillar of the bridge, without giving further details.

Some Russian and Ukrainian media reported that explosions were heard on the bridge. Kyiv did not immediately comment on the news,

In October last year , the bridge was damaged in a powerful blast, with Russian officials saying the explosion was caused by a truck that blew up while crossing the bridge, killing three people.

Annexed by Russia in 2014, the Crimean peninsula is still internationally recognized as part of Ukraine.

Moscow takes over Danone and Carlsberg local shares

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree allowing his government to seize control of shares belonging to French agribusiness Danone and Danish brewer Carlsberg.

As per the decree, the Russian state would “temporarily” manage shares belonging to Danone Russia and Baltika, which Carlsberg owns.

Danone said it was investigating and it was ready to take the necessary measures to protect its rights as shareholder of Danone Russia.

n the face of Western sanctions against Russia over its war in Ukraine, many international businesses announced pulling out of the country, amid an outpouring of Western sanctions.

Danone announced last October plans to withdraw most of its businesses from Russia, while Carlsberg made a similar announcement in March, saying it was selling all its activities in the country.

Ukraine fencer killed in fighting

Ukrainian fencer Denys Boreyko was killed in fighting with Russian forces, his club Liberte Dnipro announced.

The 34-year-old Boreyko died on July 3. He was buried ten days later.

“From the first days of the Russian full-scale invasion in February, Denys helped the Ukrainian military and territorial defense of Dnipro, and in March 2022 he voluntarily joined the Ukrainian Armed Forces,” Anton Gerashchenko, Ukraine’s interior minister adviser saod.

Ukraine grain deal in peril but ‘everything is possible’

A deal brokered last year by the United Nations and Turkey to allow Ukraine to export grain despite the war was set to expire at midnight Istanbul time (2100 GMT).

Turkish and UN officials were trying to persuade Russia to agree another extension of the deal first signed there in July 2022. Citing two unnamed UN sources, Russia’s TASS state news agency hinted that it was not too late for the deal’s extension.

“We are waiting for Moscow’s position, everything is possible,” TASS cited one of the sources as saying.

Moscow has repeatedly threatened to quit the deal, saying its own demands to improve its grain and fertilizer exports have not been met.

The last ship to travel under the deal left the port of Odesa early on Sunday, according to a Reuters witness and MarineTraffic.com.

Russia has not agreed to register any new ships since June 27.

A United Nations spokesman said on Friday that Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was waiting for a response from Russian President Vladimir Putin on a proposal to extend the deal.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Putin has agreed to extend the Black Sea grain deal. However, the Kremlin spokesperson did not confirm Erdogan’s comments.

More than 32 million metric tons of corn, wheat and other grains have been exported by Ukraine under the arrangement.

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