The Guardian – Isobel Koshiw / Russia says it has full control of Luhansk region in Ukraine
- Russia has said it is in control of Ukraine’s eastern Luhansk region after taking over Lysychansk, the last Ukrainian-controlled city in the region.
- The Russian defence minister, Sergei Shoigu, told Vladimir Putin on Sunday that their forces had established “full control” over Lysychansk and several nearby settlements, the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti reported.
- Ukraine’s military command confirmed on Sunday evening that its troops had been forced to pull back from the city, saying there would otherwise be “fatal consequences”.
- It said: “In order to preserve the lives of Ukrainian defenders, a decision was made to withdraw.”
- Foreign Policy – M.E. Sarotte / The Cold War conundrum is back
- Turkish customs authorities have detained a Russian cargo ship carrying grain which Ukraine says is stolen, Ukraine’s ambassador to Turkey said on Sunday.
- Ukraine had previously asked Turkey to detain the Russian-flagged Zhibek Zholy cargo ship, according to an official and documents viewed by Reuters.
- Reuters reporters saw the Zhibek Zholy ship anchored about 1 km from shore and outside of the Karasu port on Sunday, with no obvious signs of movement aboard or by other vessels nearby.
- “We have full co-operation. The ship is currently standing at the entrance to the port, it has been detained by the customs authorities of Turkey,” Ambassador Vasyl Bodnar said on Ukrainian national television.
- Politico – Sarah Anne Arup / Russia’s ship of lies: how a cargo of ‘stolen’ grain could sink Black Sea truce
Financial Times – Kana Inagaki, Nic Fildes and Demetri Sevastopulo / China’s rise pushes Asia-Pacific nations to embrace NATO
- When Nato leaders gathered in Madrid this week, they were joined by heads of government from four nations far beyond the usual geographic scope of the transatlantic alliance: Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.
- The unprecedented participation of the four US allies — and their agreement to co-operate with Nato on cyber defence and maritime security — underlined their alarm both at Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the growing might of an increasingly assertive China.
- Japanese prime minister Fumio Kishida, who interrupted a crucial election campaign for the summit, said their presence showed leaders had realised the security of Europe and the Indo-Pacific was “inseparable”.
- “I feel a strong sense of crisis that Ukraine may be East Asia tomorrow,” Kishida said, adding that the Asia-Pacific partners should in future “participate in Nato summits on a regular basis”.
- South China Morning Post – Amber Wang and Minnie Chan / China, NATO and hos the Ukraine war is spilling over into the Asia-Pacific
BBC – Robert Plummer / Argentina’s economy minister makes sudden exit
- Argentina’s economy minister, Martin Guzmán, has resigned as the country’s economic crisis intensifies.
- Mr Guzmán had been in office since late 2019 and led negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) over the restructuring of Argentina’s debt.
- He called for “a political agreement within the governing coalition” to choose his successor.
- Argentina is struggling with 60% inflation and a weak currency, as well as global food and energy price rises.
- Financial Times – Martin Sandbu / Central banks should keep their cool on inflation
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