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Vessels linked to Russia’s largest grain trader shipped thousands of tons of stolen Ukrainian grain to global buyers, using a sophisticated system of feeder vessels and floating cranes, according to an investigation by The Wall Street Journal. The ships are linked either through their management or ownership to companies controlled by Russian businessman Peter Khodykin , who in turn owns RIF Trading House LLC, the country’s largest grain exporter and a big player in global grain markets, according to corporate and legal documents reviewed by the Journal.
Russia is sending hundreds of paramilitary troops to fight in a key city on the front line in eastern Ukraine that is fast becoming the focal point of the next phase of the Kremlin’s invasion, a senior Ukrainian official said Wednesday. Andriy Yermak , Ukraine’s chief of presidential staff, said the Wagner Group, a paramilitary organization linked to the Kremlin, is sending fighters, including convicts, to the front lines in Bakhmut, eastern Ukraine.
U.S. forces taking part in exercises with local forces in Syria in September. Islamic State said Wednesday that its top leader died recently in fighting, less than a year after the terrorist group’s previous commander was killed during a U.S. military raid in Syria. The group’s spokesman said that leader Abu al-Hasan al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi is dead but gave no other details, according to an audio statement transcribed by SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors extremist organizations. The successor to the leadership role is Abu al-Husayn al-Husayni al-Qurayshi. Both names are noms de guerre.
Talking turkey is a pastime in the halls of government around the world. Yet what to call Turkey, the country, is something many can’t agree on. In April, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan asked the international community to recognize his nation by its traditional name, spelled “Türkiye” and pronounced Tour-key-yeh.
Talking turkey is a pastime in the halls of government around the world. Yet what to call Turkey, the country, is something many can’t agree on. In April, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan asked the international community to recognize his nation by its traditional name, spelled “Türkiye” and pronounced Tour-key-yeh.
Turkey was plunged into a currency crisis last year. ISTANBUL—Turkey’s central bank cut its key interest rate for a fourth consecutive month on Thursday to single digits, intensifying a monetary policy demanded by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan despite the country’s high inflation rate. The bank’s monetary policy committee said it cut its benchmark interest rate by 1.5 percentage points to 9%.
Ukraine’s military said it launched an operation to push Russian forces from a strategic peninsula on the country’s Black Sea coast, as Kyiv looks to open up its besieged ports and build on significant gains through the country’s south. Ukrainian forces have begun an assault on the Kinburn Spit, a strip of land jutting into the sea south of Mykolaiv, that has been occupied for months by Russian forces cutting off access to the port city.
Turkey’s Defense Ministry said a total of 89 targets in northern Syria and Iraq were hit during the airstrikes. ISTANBUL—Turkey said it carried out a broad series of airstrikes in northern Syria and Iraq early on Sunday, intensifying a military campaign against Kurdish militants, whom the Turkish government blames for a deadly bombing in Istanbul a week ago. The Turkish Defense Ministry said the strikes hit 89 separate targets associated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party and its Syrian branch, which Turkey blamed for a bombing in Istanbul last week that killed six people and wounded 81 others. The PKK—as the Kurdish group is known—and its Syrian branch both denied involvement in the attack, and no one has claimed responsibility.
Russia Launches Fresh Missile Strikes on Ukraine
  + stars: | 2022-11-17 | by ( Jared Malsin | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
Russian forces launched another barrage of missiles across Ukraine targeting the capital Kyiv and other cities on Thursday, killing at least eight people days after the Kremlin’s military carried out some of the heaviest bombing of the entire war, officials said. Separately, President Biden early on Thursday disputed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky ’s account of an incident in which a stray missile killed two people when it exploded in Poland earlier this week.
Russia Agrees to Renew Ukraine Grain Deal
  + stars: | 2022-11-17 | by ( Jared Malsin | William Mauldin | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
Moscow agreed to renew an arrangement with Ukraine, Turkey and the United Nations that allows for the export of Ukrainian agricultural products through the war-torn Black Sea region. The extension avoids for now another shutdown of the agreement by Moscow, after Russia briefly dropped out of the deal late last month. Russian officials had been demanding more international access for its food and fertilizer exports ahead of a weekend deadline for the current deal to be renewed.
People mourn the victims of an explosion on a busy shopping street in Istanbul. ISTANBUL—Turkey blamed Kurdish militants from neighboring Syria for a bombing over the weekend in the heart of Istanbul that killed six people and wounded 81 others, as authorities arrested a woman they accused of carrying out the attack. Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said the attack was perpetrated by members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, a militant group, who crossed into Turkey from Syria.
Ambulances at the scene after the explosion hit Istanbul’s Istiklal street. ISTANBUL—A bomb blast ripped through a busy pedestrian street in the heart of Istanbul on Sunday afternoon, killing at least six people and wounding 53 others, Turkey’s president saidThe blast occurred on Istiklal street, a vast canyon of a street lined with restaurants and shops on Istanbul’s European side. Sirens could be heard wailing in the aftermath of the explosion.
Ukrainian Forces Gain on Kherson as Russia Retreats
  + stars: | 2022-11-11 | by ( Jared Malsin | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
Ukraine’s forces swept toward the southern city of Kherson on Friday, two days after Russia said its troops were abandoning the regional capital in one of the largest symbolic defeats for the Kremlin since it launched its invasion. President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his nightly address late Thursday that Ukrainian forces had retaken 41 settlements as they advanced toward Kherson, the only regional capital that Russia had seized since February.
Ukraine’s forces swept into the key southern city of Kherson on Friday, after Russian troops completed their withdrawal from the regional capital in one of the largest symbolic defeats for the Kremlin since it launched its invasion. Cheering Ukrainians welcomed the arriving troops and raised their national flag in a public square in central Kherson, according to videos posted online by Ukrainian officials. Residents also raised a European Union flag, a sign of many Ukrainians’ longstanding desire to forge closer ties with the continent.
Ukraine’s forces swept toward the southern city of Kherson on Friday, as Russian forces said they had completed a withdrawal from the regional capital in one of the largest symbolic defeats for the Kremlin since it launched its invasion. President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his nightly address late Thursday that Ukrainian forces had retaken 41 settlements as they advanced toward Kherson, the only regional capital that Russia had seized since February.
Ukrainian exports kept flowing through the Bosporus this week, after Turkey’s president helped preserve a deal to protect them. ISTANBUL—Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is deepening his country’s military support for Ukraine while keeping an open line of communication to his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin—a relationship that helped keep Ukrainian grain exports flowing this week—as he tries to expand Turkey’s role as a regional power broker. In recent months, Turkey’s most prominent weapons maker, Baykar, has broken ground on a new factory in Kyiv that will double its capacity to produce armed drones. Last month, Turkey delivered a new corvette to the Ukrainian navy in a ceremony attended by Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov and first lady Olena Zelensky. The Milgem-class ship is now the largest in the Ukrainian fleet, which is expanding to challenge Russia’s dominance in the Black Sea and showing Turkey’s own growing influence.
Jens Stoltenberg is expected to discuss Sweden and Finland’s membership of NATO when he meets President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. ISTANBUL—The West is putting pressure on Turkey to ratify Finland and Sweden’s accession to NATO as Turkish officials signal they still want the two Nordic countries to do more to clamp down on alleged Kurdish militants. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is scheduled to hold talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul on Friday as part of an effort to urge the Turkish government to give final approval to the two countries joining the alliance.
Russia Says It Will Rejoin Ukraine Grain-Export Deal
  + stars: | 2022-11-02 | by ( Jared Malsin | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
ISTANBUL—Russia said it would resume participation in a deal to allow Ukrainian grain exports, ending a dayslong standoff that threatened the steady flow of such shipments to world markets. Grain markets fell after Russia’s move. Wheat was down more than 5% early Wednesday, while corn prices lost more than 1%.
ISTANBUL—The price of wheat and corn rose early Monday even as ships carrying grain left Ukraine’s ports despite Russia saying it would suspend its participation in an agreement that has allowed Ukrainian grain exports for months. The price of wheat was up by 5.7% and corn by more than 2.5% in early morning trade.
Kyiv was among the Ukrainian cities that were targeted on Monday. Russian forces launched a barrage of strikes in Kyiv and across Ukraine on Monday that knocked out electricity and water supplies in parts of the country, as the Kremlin intensified its attacks on the country’s civilian infrastructure. Several loud explosions were heard in Kyiv shortly after 8 a.m. on Monday, during the morning rush hour. The capital’s mayor said the strikes severed the water supply in part of the city. Ukrainian officials said Russian missiles also struck in central and eastern Ukraine, disabling the electricity grid in Kyiv and in Cherasky, central Ukraine.
U.N., Turkey Race to Save Ukraine Grain Deal
  + stars: | 2022-10-30 | by ( Jared Malsin | Alistair Macdonald | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
Cargo ships carrying grain from Ukraine waited for inspection off the coast of Turkey last week. ISTANBUL—The United Nations and Turkey on Sunday scrambled to rescue an agreement that allowed Ukraine to ship grain via the Black Sea, a day after Russia suspended the deal in a move that threatens global food prices and puts pressure on Ukraine’s allies. U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres was working Sunday to end the Russian suspension, a U.N. spokesman said, and the Turkish defense ministry said it was in talks with Russia to rescue the agreement. No ships will leave Ukraine while the Russian suspension is in effect, the ministry said.
Ukraine called for more air-defense systems from the West to defend itself against Russian missile-and-drone attacks that have targeted its energy infrastructure in recent weeks, a senior Ukrainian official said Wednesday. Andriy Yermak , the chief of Ukraine’s presidential staff, said he requested additional air defenses in calls with the U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan and senior French and British officials.
The Turkish lira has been hit hard by the country’s economic policy. ISTANBUL—Turkey’s central bank cut its key interest rate for a third consecutive month on Thursday, intensifying an economic policy that has caused a collapse in the country’s currency. The bank’s monetary policy committee said it cut its benchmark interest rate, the one-week repo rate, by 1.5 percentage points to 10.5%.
DNIPRO, Ukraine—Russian-backed authorities began moving Ukrainian civilians from the captured city of Kherson to farther behind the front lines on Wednesday, in a sign of Russia’s weakening grip on key occupied territories after weeks of a swift Ukrainian military offensive. Russian state media broadcast images of civilians lining up to board ferryboats to take them from Kherson to the east bank of the Dnipro River, territory that is more firmly under Russian control.
DNIPRO, Ukraine—Russian-backed authorities began moving Ukrainian civilians out of the captured city of Kherson on Wednesday and Moscow declared martial law in occupied regions of Ukraine, as the Kremlin tries to strengthen its hold on territories where Kyiv has regained ground. Russian state media broadcast images of civilians lining up to board ferryboats to take them from Kherson to the east bank of the Dnipro River, territory that is more firmly under Russian control.
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