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Poland tries to ease tensions with Ukraine
Poland’s president appeared to soften Warsaw’s recent rhetoric toward Ukraine after tensions rose in recent weeks between allies and neighbors, particularly over grain imports.
“We need to control our emotions, because let’s remember who will benefit most if the paths of Poland and Ukraine diverge. The consequences could be tragic,” Polish President Andrzej Duda told a Polish newspaper on Sunday.
Duda’s comments come after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy appeared to suggest, addressing the UN General Assembly last week in New York, that some of Ukraine’s allies had feigned solidarity with Kiev.
That comment seemed to prompt the Polish prime minister to say that Poland will no longer supply weapons to kyivfurther increasing tensions.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy listens to US President Joe Biden address the 78th session of the UN General Assembly in New York City, September 19, 2023.
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Poland has been one of Ukraine’s staunchest supporters in the war, but tensions have recently risen over Ukrainian agricultural exports being transported through Eastern Europe, and local farmers say their own livelihoods are being undermined. have been affected by an excess of cheaper imports.
In an interview with a Polish newspaper on Sunday, Duda noted that Zelenskyy’s comments at the UN General Assembly could have been due to stress.
“Let’s not forget that Zelenskyy is under enormous pressure.” he told Polish newspaper Super Express.. “He is sending people to the front, often to their deaths.”
Referring to defense spending, he said the new equipment “must serve to strengthen the Polish army” before more can be sent to Ukraine. “We’re not going to spend billions to suddenly give it away,” he said.
“But that does not mean that we will not deliver weapons to Ukraine at all,” he said, adding that “when the old equipment is replaced by modern equipment, I do not see any problem in sending it (old equipment) to the Ukrainians.”
Zelenskyy appeared to try to tone down the rhetoric when he posted a message on Telegram thanking Poles for their support in the war, saying “thank you all of Poland for the invaluable support and solidarity that helps defend the freedom of all of our Europe.”
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Ukraine’s grain exports in September fell by 51%, ministry says
Ukraine’s grain exports between Sept. 1 and Sept. 24 totaled 1.57 million metric tons, down sharply from 3.21 million tons in the corresponding period last year, Agriculture Ministry data showed. on Monday.
The ministry did not provide any explanation for the decline.
Traders and agricultural unions have said that the Ukrainian blockade of Black Sea ports and recent Russian attacks on Ukrainian ports on the Danube River are the main reasons for the reduction in exports.
Ministry data showed that Ukraine has exported a total of 6.2 million tons of grain so far in the July-June 2023/24 season, up from 7.5 million tons in the same period of the previous season.
The volume included almost 3 million tons of wheat, 2.5 million tons of corn and 599,000 tons of barley.
Ukraine has traditionally shipped most of its exports through its deepwater Black Sea ports.
A combine harvests wheat near Kramatorsk in the Donetsk region on August 4, 2023, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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A deal brokered by the United Nations and Turkey to allow such exports collapsed in July when Russia withdrew from the deal, saying its demands for sanctions relief on its own grain and fertilizer exports had not been met.
Ukraine can export limited volumes through small river ports on the Danube and across its western land border with the European Union.
Ukraine is expected to harvest at least 80 million tons of grains and oilseeds in 2023 and the 2023/24 exportable surplus amounts to about 50 million tons.
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The United States and Ukraine will jointly produce weapons and defense systems
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and US President Joe Biden in the Oval Office on September 21, 2023.
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his late-night speech on Sunday that the United States had agreed to jointly produce weapons with kyiv.
“There is a historic decision by the United States to jointly produce weapons and defense systems. In particular, air defense. This is something that until recently was an absolute fantasy. But it will become a reality. We will make it happen.” Zelensky said.
Zelenskyy spent the last week in the United States and Canada, where he attended the latest UN General Assembly in New York before holding separate talks with President Joe Biden and then-Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“It was a productive week. Very productive. We have a lot of good defense and other decisions,” Zelenskyy said, listing US defense packages including artillery, projectiles, HIMARS munitions, air defense missiles, additional air defense systems and tactical vehicles, and some other types of weapons that will prove their effectiveness on the battlefield.
“From Canada we have a decision on long-term defense support worth $500 million. In particular, these are medical evacuation vehicles, which are very necessary at the front… We have agreed on their production and supply “. he added.
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Russia says it destroyed Ukrainian drones over the Black Sea, Crimea and Russian regions
Russia said its air defense systems destroyed Ukrainian drones over Russian territory and Crimea overnight.
Post on Telegram, the Russian Defense Ministry said that two Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles had been intercepted over the Kursk Territory in southwestern Russia, and two other drones destroyed over the neighboring Bryansk region. Both regions have been targets of alleged Ukrainian drone attacks against Russian territory on several occasions. kyiv has remained silent in the face of such attacks.
Plumes of smoke rise after a fire breaks out at an oil depot in Bryansk, Russia, April 25, 2022.
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The Defense Ministry also said four Ukrainian drones had been destroyed over the northwestern part of the Black Sea and over Russian-occupied Crimea.
It was not immediately known if there was damage or injuries as a result of the reported attacks.
CNBC could not independently verify the information and there was no comment from Ukraine.
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Ukrainian port city of Odessa suffers ‘significant damage’ in attack
The major Ukrainian port city of Odessa suffered what officials called “significant damage” in a large-scale Russian attack overnight.
The defense forces of southern Ukraine said that 19 Shahed-136/131 type attack drones, 12 Kalibr missiles and 2 Onyx supersonic missiles were used in the attack on Odessa. It said its air defense forces had shot down 19 drones and 11 Kalibr missiles.
“Unfortunately, the enemy attacked the port infrastructure,” officials said. he said on Telegram.
“The Odessa seaport suffered significant damage, a fire broke out in the station hotel building, which has not been operating for several years. Firefighters quickly extinguished it,” says the publication translated by NBC. The Onyx missiles destroyed barns but no one was injured.
A ship arrives in Odessa, southern Ukraine, as part of the Black Sea grain initiative.
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“As a result of falling debris during combat operations, the storage buildings of one of the companies and a private house on the outskirts of Odessa were damaged and burned,” the message added. The fires have since been extinguished.