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Ukraine last: First Ukrainian grain ship will anchor off Istanbul on Tuesday, minister says

The Russian invasion of Ukraine that began on February 24 continues, with mounting casualties on both sides.

Ukrainian forces are putting up resistance using Western military aid, and President Volodymyr Zelensky regularly calls on the world to do more to help. Governments around the world have imposed heavy sanctions on Moscow but refrained from direct intervention for fear of triggering a wider conflict.

Meanwhile, rising geopolitical risks and volatility in energy and financial markets are rocking Asia.

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Here are the latest developments:

Monday, August 1 (Tokyo time)

5:00 p.m. The first grain-carrying vessel to leave Ukraine under a safe passage agreement will drop anchor off Istanbul around 1200 GMT on Tuesday for a joint inspection, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said. Akar was speaking in an interview with Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency after the Sierra Leone-flagged ship Razoni, which is loaded with maize, left the Ukrainian port of Odessa for Lebanon. As part of the agreement, a joint coordination center was established in Istanbul with personnel from the United Nations, Russia, Ukraine and Turkey.

3:46 p.m. A ship carrying Ukrainian grain has left the port of Odessa, the first to do so under a deal to unblock Ukraine’s Black Sea ports, Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov said. “The first grain ship since #RussianAggression has left port. Thanks to the support of all our partner countries and @UN, we were able to fully implement the agreement signed in Istanbul,” he wrote on Twitter.

11:00 Anatoly Chubais, who resigned as a top adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin and left Russia shortly after the invasion of Ukraine, is believed to be in intensive care in a European hospital on Sunday for a neurological disorder. Ksenia Sobchak, Russian television personality and family friend of Chubais, said on Telegram that she had spoken with his wife and that he suffered from Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the nerves. Although Chubais did not state the reason for his resignation in March, it was presumed to be because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

A firefighter works to put out a fire in a building, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, in Mykolaiv, in this photo released July 31. © Reuters

8:31 a.m. Russian missiles pounded the port city of Mykolaiv in southern Ukraine early on Sunday, killing the owner of a major grain exporter, while a drone strike on Russia’s Black Sea naval base in Sevastopol was launched from inside the city in a “terrorist attack”, a Russian lawmaker told.

Oleksiy Vadatursky, founder and owner of the Nibulon agricultural company, and his wife were killed in their home, Mykolaiv Governor Vitaliy Kim said on Telegram. Based in Mykolaiv, a strategically important city that borders the mostly Russian-occupied Kherson region, Nibulon specializes in the production and export of wheat, barley and corn, and has its own fleet and shipyard. .

Five Russian navy personnel were injured in an explosion after a suspected drone flew into the courtyard of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet headquarters in Russian-occupied Sevastopol, the city’s governor said port of Crimea, Mikhail Razvozhayev, to the Russian media.

Sunday July 31

5:29 p.m. Russian President Vladimir Putin said at Navy Day in St. Petersburg that the navy will receive Zircon hypersonic cruise missiles in a few months, and where they will be deployed will depend on Russian interests.

Ahead of the speech, Putin signs a new naval doctrine setting out the force’s broad strategic goals, including its “great maritime power” ambitions spanning the globe. The doctrine identifies the United States’ “strategic path to dominance” in the ocean and growing NATO activity near Russia as major security threats, state news agency Tass reports.

4:51 Ukraine decides on a mandatory evacuation of people in the region around the eastern city of Donetsk, the scene of heavy fighting with Russia, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said. In a late-night address, the president also said the hundreds of thousands of people who were still in combat zones in the greater Donbass region had to leave.

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