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Russia Targets Ukrainian Grain Supplies; Ukraine Starts Deploying U.S.-Supplied Cluster Bombs

HeadlineJul 21, 2023

Ongoing Russian attacks on Ukrainian grain supplies have destroyed at least 60,000 tons of grain as global food security faces mounting threats. Russia’s Navy has also carried out live-fire military exercises in the Black Sea, days after Moscow withdrew from the Black Sea grain deal and both Moscow and Kyiv said ships traveling to either Russian or Ukrainian ports through the waterway constitute potential military targets. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said today he will be holding talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, which could lead to restoring the grain deal.

Meanwhile, Ukraine has started using cluster munitions supplied by the United States on the battlefield. Over 100 countries have signed on to an international treaty banning their use due to the danger they pose to civilians — though it’s not signed by Russia, Ukraine or the United States.

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