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Shipments are expected to level off over the rest of the year, however, as Beijing prioritises the local market to curb domestic fuel inflation. Diesel, gasoline and jet fuel exports for the year are expected to be as much as 40% lower from 2021. This suggests monthly exports will hold near the recent pace over the rest of 2022 as China has already exported nearly 12 million tonnes of products in the first half. JLC expects 2022 diesel exports to shrink by 74% from 2021 to 4.5 million tonnes and gasoline to fall nearly 40% to 9 million tonnes. Only aviation fuel exports will rise, up 11% to 9.5 million tonnes, JLC said, as COVID-19 lockdowns and border controls cut domestic and international Chinese flights.
Persons: Chen Aizhu, Mukesh Sadhav, Sadhav, Zameer, JLC, Muyu Xu, Florence Tan, Tom Hogue Organizations: REUTERS, Diesel, China, Rystad Energy, Thomson Locations: Dongying, Shandong province, China, SINGAPORE, Beijing, Russia, Ukraine, South Korea, India, Asia, Middle East, Europe, U.S, Refinitiv, China's
Raindrops hang on a sign for Wall Street outside the New York Stock Exchange in Manhattan in New York City, New York, U.S., October 26, 2020. Many investors got stranded with Russian assets, as their value plummeted, buyers disappeared and sanctions made trading hard. The Treasury provided further guidance on July 22 to help settle default insurance payments on Russian bonds. read moreThe price of some Russian bonds has jumped alongside the renewed trading activity since late July. "Some banks and brokers are using this bid to facilitate divestment of Russian positions for investors that want to get out."
Persons: Mike Segar, PIMCO, Gabriele Foa, Davide Barbuscia, Rodrigo Campos, Megan Davies, Paritosh Bansal, Edward Tobin Organizations: Wall, New York Stock Exchange, REUTERS, Reuters, Treasury Department, Treasury, JPMorgan Chase &, Bank of America Corp, Citigroup Inc, Deutsche Bank AG, Barclays Plc, Jefferies Financial Group Inc, Street, Bank of America, Barclays, Citi, JPMorgan, Jefferies, Deutsche Bank, Russia, Goldman Sachs Group Inc, Foreign, Control, Regulators, Global, Reuters Graphics Reuters, Thomson Locations: Manhattan, New York City , New York, U.S, Moscow, Ukraine, Russia, Algebris, New York
Hedge fund manager David Neuhauser says that markets look "artificially high" right now, and are staging a bear market rally that will not last. Major U.S. indexes have been in a bear market — or over 20% off recent peaks — for much of this year, with the S & P posting its worst first half since 1970 . In July, however, stocks have rallied, and many on Wall Street have been debating if the bear market is over. "I think ultimately, more than likely, we're gonna be in a bear market for quite some time. Why Neuhauser is so bearish on markets Neuhauser said that the current market has not been operating on fundamentals for a while, with "all the money that's been pumping the system."
Persons: David Neuhauser, Neuhauser, CNBC's, it's, there's, he's Organizations: Livermore Partners, Major, Neuhauser, U.S . Federal Reserve, CNBC, Nasdaq Locations: Major U.S, Russia, Ukraine
Russian forces pound Ukraine's Donetsk region
  + stars: | 2022-08-15 | by ( Natalia Zinets | ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +6 min
Sergey Vlasov walks on a destroyed street market in Bakhmut after a military strike, as Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues, in Donetsk region Ukraine August 14, 2022. REUTERS/Nacho DoceSummary Heavy Russian shelling around Donetsk region -Ukraine militaryRussians threatening Zaporizhzhia are 'targets' -ZelenskiyHumanitarian cargo due to set sail for EthiopiaKYIV, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Ukrainian forces reported heavy Russian shelling and attempts to advance on several towns in the eastern region of Donetsk that has become a key focus of the near six-month war, but said they had repelled many of the attacks. The General Staff of Ukraine's armed forces also reported Russian shelling of more than a dozen towns on the southern front - particularly the Kherson region, mainly controlled by Russian forces, but where Ukrainian troops are steadily capturing territory. Ukrainian forces controlling the towns and cities on the opposite bank have come under intense bombardment from the Russian-held side. Ukraine's military command said early on Sunday that Russian soldiers had continued unsuccessfully to attack Ukrainian positions near Avdiivka, which, since 2014, has become one of the outposts of Ukrainian forces near Donetsk.
Persons: Sergey Vlasov, Vlasov, Antonio Guterres, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Zelenskiy, Oleg Zhdanov, Lilia Ai, Talatini, Anna Soroka, Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong, Marianne Ward, Natalia Zinets, Yoruk, Andrea Shalal, Gebeily, Jonathan Saul, Lincoln, Clarence Fernandez, Simon Cameron, Moore Organizations: Ethiopia KYIV, General, Russian, International Atomic Energy Agency, SOUTH, Luhansk People's, Moscow, Reuters, Washington, Toksabay, Thomson Locations: Bakhmut, Ukraine, Donetsk, Ethiopia, Kherson, Russia, Dnipro, Russian, Zaporizhzhia, Kherson province, Avdiivka, Luhansk, Rubizhne, Luhansk People's Republic, Moscow, Washington, China, Taiwan, Korean, North Korea, Pyongyang, Syria, Kyiv, Istanbul, Yuzhne, Beirut, London
WASHINGTON/DUBAI, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Whether or not Tehran and Washington accept a European Union "final" offer to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, neither is likely to declare the pact dead because keeping it alive serves both sides' interests, diplomats, analysts and officials said. "We are in no rush," said a senior Iranian official who spoke on condition of anonymity. Therefore, time is not of the essence for Iran," said a second senior Iranian official. read moreDANGLINGThe lack of better policy options for Washington, and Tehran's view that time is on its side, could leave the deal dangling. "It is unclear whether Iranian leaders have decided not to revive the deal or have not made a definitive decision, but either way, continuing this limbo period likely serves their interests," Rome said.
Persons: Joe Biden's, Donald Trump, Trump, Biden, Dennis Ross, John Bolton, Salman Rushdie, Henry Rome, Parisa, Arshad Mohammed, Jonathan Landay, Mary Milliken, Grant McCool Organizations: U.S, Washington, EU, United, Iranian, Democrat, Republicans, Washington Institute for Near, White House, Eurasia Group, Thomson Locations: WASHINGTON, DUBAI, Tehran, Washington, Union, Iran, U.S, China, India, Ukraine, European, Iranian, Russia, United States, Rome, Parisa Hafezi, Dubai
Raindrops hang on a sign for Wall Street outside the New York Stock Exchange in Manhattan in New York City, New York, U.S., October 26, 2020. Many investors got stranded with Russian assets, as their value plummeted, buyers disappeared and sanctions made trading hard. The Treasury provided further guidance on July 22 to help settle default insurance payments on Russian bonds. read moreThe price of some Russian bonds has jumped alongside the renewed trading activity since late July. "Some banks and brokers are using this bid to facilitate divestment of Russian positions for investors that want to get out."
Persons: Mike Segar, PIMCO, Gabriele Foa, Davide Barbuscia, Rodrigo Campos, Megan Davies, Paritosh Bansal, Edward Tobin Organizations: Wall, New York Stock Exchange, REUTERS, Reuters, Treasury Department, Treasury, JPMorgan Chase &, Bank of America Corp, Citigroup Inc, Deutsche Bank AG, Barclays Plc, Jefferies Financial Group Inc, Street, Bank of America, Barclays, Citi, JPMorgan, Jefferies, Deutsche Bank, Russia, Goldman Sachs Group Inc, Foreign, Control, Regulators, Global, Reuters Graphics Reuters, Thomson Locations: Manhattan, New York City , New York, U.S, Moscow, Ukraine, Russia, Algebris, New York
MANILA, Aug 15 (Reuters) - The Philippines is looking to buy heavy-lift Chinook helicopters from the United States, after scrapping a deal with Russia worth 12.7 billion pesos ($227.35 million) in order to avoid sanctions, Manila's ambassador to Washington said on Monday. In June, days before President Rodrigo Duterte ended his six-year term, the Philippines scrapped a deal to buy 16 Mi-17 Russian military transport helicopters because of fears of U.S. sanctions linked to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterMoscow says it is conducting a "special military operation" in Ukraine. The United States is willing to strike a deal for the amount the Philippines was set to spend on the Russian helicopters, Romualdez said, adding the deal with Washington will likely include maintenance, service and parts. The Philippines is at the tail-end of a five-year, 300 billion-pesos modernisation of its outdated military hardware that includes warships from World War Two and helicopters used by the United States in the Vietnam War.
Persons: Rodrigo Duterte, Jose Manuel Romualdez, Romualdez, Ferdinand Marcos Jr, Neil Jerome Morales, Kanupriya Kapoor Organizations: Reuters.com, Thomson Locations: MANILA, Philippines, United States, Russia, Washington, Ukraine, Vietnam
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern inspects soldiers during an official welcoming ceremony at Admiralty House in Sydney, Australia, March 2, 2018. REUTERS/Dean Lewins/PoolWELLINGTON, Aug 15 (Reuters) - New Zealand is sending 120 military personnel to Britain to help train Ukrainians in front-line combat, the government said on Monday. The deployment will enable two infantry training teams to equip Ukrainian personnel with the core skills to be effective in combat, including weapon handling, combat first aid, operational law and other skills. She stressed that New Zealand troops have not and would not engage in combat in Ukraine. Thirty New Zealand defence personnel completed a deployment in May to train Ukrainian military personnel in operating artillery.
Persons: Jacinda Ardern, Dean Lewins, Lucy Craymer, Robert Birsel Organizations: Zealand, Admiralty House, REUTERS, WELLINGTON, New, Thomson Locations: Sydney, Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Ukraine, Zealand, Russia
Fox News host Eric Shawn asked if Trump tried to sell the classified documents found at Mar-a-Lago. He wondered if Trump tried to "sell or share" documents "to the Russians" or "the Saudis." Shawn's speculation comes amid Trump's growing ire against Fox News programs like "Fox & Friends." Did former President Trump try to sell or share the highly classified material to the Russians or to the Saudis, or others?" Separately, Doocy told House GOP chair Elise Stefanik that the FBI's raid was "kind of a big deal" given that agents were looking to retrieve classified documents "related to nuclear weapons."
Persons: Eric Shawn, Trump, , Donald Trump, Shawn, Rebekah Koffler, Steve Doocy, Steve Scalise, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Greene, Doocy, Elise Stefanik, Bret Baier —, Barack Obama, Obama, Baier, Doocy —, Jesse Watters, Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell Organizations: Fox News, &, Service, Fox, Mar, Trump, segueing, — Citizen Free Press, GOP, Republican Party, FBI, NARA, National Archives, Records Administration, Fox &, Justice Locations: Mar, Lago, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Florida, Chicago
Credit... David Guttenfelder for The New York TimesZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine — Increasingly frequent explosions near a vast nuclear complex in southern Ukraine and the shelling of a nearby town where many of the complex’s workers reside have accelerated a civilian exodus from the area. The company said the shelling killed an employee of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear complex and injured two others. While Russia controls the nuclear complex, Ukrainian technicians continue to operate it under increasingly difficult circumstances. The shift boss intended to drive his family out of the area and was considering not returning, Mr. Orlov said. “Nobody knows what’s going on in their heads,” he said of the Russian soldiers stationed at the nuclear plant.
Persons: Natalia Lytvenenko, David Guttenfelder, Dmytro Orlov, Mr, Orlov, ” Mr, , Volodymyr, , Lytvenenko, Oleksandr Organizations: The New York Times, Ukrainian Army, Civilian, ., Plant Locations: Blagoveshenko, Russian, Ukraine, Enerhodar, town’s, Russia, Ukrainian, Zaporizhzhia
Western countries have called on Russia to immediately withdraw its military forces from the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant amid continuing fears over its fate, with both sides accusing each other of shelling the facility. The U.S., U.K., EU and other countries issued a statement on Sunday urging Russia to withdraw its troops from Europe's largest nuclear power plant, saying their presence there "poses a great danger" to international tenets regarding nuclear safety and security. Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin has reportedly sent a message of friendship to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in which he expressed his wish for Russia and North Korea to deepen relations. North Korea's state media outlet KCNA reported on Sunday that Putin had sent the North Korean leader a congratulatory telegram for North Korea's Liberation Day, on Monday, in which he expressed a will to "continue to expand the comprehensive and constructive bilateral relations" between the countries.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong, Putin Organizations: North Korean, North Korea's Locations: Russia, U.S, North Korea
Wall Street revives Russian bond trading after U.S. go-ahead
  + stars: | 2022-08-15 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com   time to read: +4 min
Many investors got stranded with Russian assets, as their value plummeted, buyers disappeared and sanctions made trading hard. In May, two U.S. lawmakers asked JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs for information about trades in Russian debt, saying they may undermine sanctions. The Treasury provided further guidance on July 22 to help settle default insurance payments on Russian bonds. The price of some Russian bonds has jumped alongside the renewed trading activity since late July. "Some banks and brokers are using this bid to facilitate divestment of Russian positions for investors that want to get out."
Persons: Spencer Platt, Goldman Sachs, PIMCO, Gabriele Foa Organizations: New York Stock Exchange, Reuters, Getty, Treasury Department, Treasury, JPMorgan, Bank of America, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, Barclays, Jefferies Financial Group, Street, Citi, Jefferies, Russia, Foreign, Control, Regulators, Global Locations: New York City, U.S, Moscow, Ukraine, Russia, , Algebris
KYIV, Ukraine—Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of using Europe’s largest nuclear power plant to blackmail Kyiv and its allies, urging tougher sanctions against Moscow after recent shelling in the vicinity of the facility prompted warnings of a nuclear accident. Fighting around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant has intensified in recent days as both Russia and Ukraine struggle to make meaningful gains on the battlefield almost six months into a war that has worn both sides down.
Persons: Ukraine —, Volodymyr Zelensky Organizations: Moscow Locations: KYIV, Ukraine, Russia
REUTERS/Sergei KarpukhinAug 14 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's Kingdom Holding (4280.SE) invested in Russian energy groups Gazprom (GAZP.MM), Rosneft (ROSN.MM) and Lukoil (LKOH.MM) between Feb. 22 and March 22, it said on Twitter on Sunday. Many Western nations have imposed sanctions on Russian energy firms and their executives following Russia's invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24. The Kingdom Holding investments fall within the company's 12.8 billion riyal ($3.4 billion) three-year investment programme, the company added. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterKingdom Holding said it invested 1.37 billion riyals in Gazprom and 196 million riyals in Rosneft on Feb. 22, and 410 million riyals in Lukoil from Feb. 22 to March 22. Kingdom Holding is mostly owned by Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, but Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund, the Public Investment Fund (PIF), took a 16.87% stake in the company in May.
Persons: Sergei Karpukhin, Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, Nayera Abdallah, David Goodman, Hugh Lawson Organizations: Gazprom, REUTERS, Saudi Arabia's, Twitter, Reuters.com, Kingdom Holding, Public Investment Fund, Organization of, Petroleum, Thomson Locations: Moscow, Saudi, Saudi Arabia's Kingdom, Ukraine, Gazprom, Rosneft, Lukoil, Saudi Arabia, Russia, OPEC
The first sign of danger came when the dwindling crew of Ukrainian technicians running the Zaporizhzhia nuclear-power station noticed that officers from Russia’s state atomic energy company had left the premises without explanation. It was Aug. 5, and Russian soldiers were patrolling the facility. Then, at 2:40 p.m., explosions rocked an electrical switchboard, triggering the shutdown of one of only two remaining power lines running from the plant into southern Ukraine, according to plant workers. Outside, smoke billowed from a crater a few hundred yards from a substation; inside, technicians raced to check the backup diesel generators that would be needed to cool nuclear fuel at risk of overheating in an accident.
Locations: Ukraine
DUBAI—Saudi Arabia’s national oil company reported record quarterly profit on high crude prices, feeding a vault of cash the kingdom’s young ruler is using to build new momentum for reforms and strengthen his geopolitical position with the U.S. and Russia. Saudi Arabian Oil Co., known as Aramco, said Sunday that its income jumped 90% to $48.4 billion in the three months ending in June from the same period a year earlier, due to higher crude-oil prices and stronger refining profit.
Organizations: U.S, Saudi Arabian Oil Co Locations: DUBAI, Saudi, Russia, Aramco
Federal agents took classified documents from former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home. On Monday, federal agents took 11 sets of classified documents after searching former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home. In a statement released Friday, Trump didn't deny a Washington Post report saying documents with information about nuclear weapons were part of the search. "Nuclear weapons issue is a Hoax, just like Russia, Russia, Russia was a Hoax, two Impeachments were a Hoax, the Mueller investigation was a Hoax, and much more. "It really underscores the fact that nuclear weapons are too dangerous for any country or person to be able to control," she told Insider.
Persons: ICAN, Alicia Sanders, Donald Trump's Mar, , Trump, Mueller, Sanders, Zakre Organizations: ICAN, Service, Mar, Nuclear, Wall Street, Post, Justice Department, Department, Justice Locations: Russia
Ukrainian servicemen prepare a D-30 howitzer for fire near a frontline in Mykolaiv region, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, Ukraine August 13, 2022. Ukraine and Russia have traded accusations over multiple incidents of shelling at the Zaporizhzhia facility in southern Ukraine. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterZelenskiy, who did not give any details, repeated claims that Russia was using the plant as nuclear blackmail. read moreUkrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak accused Russia of "hitting the part of the nuclear power plant where the energy that powers the south of Ukraine is generated." The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is seeking to inspect the plant, has warned of a nuclear disaster unless fighting stops.
Persons: Oleksandr Ratushniak, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Zelenskiy, Mykhailo Podolyak, Podolyak, Antonio Guterres, Moscow, Alexander Darchiev, Darchiev, Natalia Zinets, Michael Perry, William Mallard Organizations: REUTERS, United, Twitter, International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, United Nations, Moscow, U.S . Senate, TASS, North American Department, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Mykolaiv, Ukraine, Moscow, Russia, United States, Ukraine KYIV, Dnipro, Russian, Ukrainian, Zaporizhzhia, Kherson, Washington, Europe, UKRAINE, Turkey, Kyiv
Image A serviceman with a Russian flag on his uniform near the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant this month. Ukraine has accused Russia of directing strikes there to cut off energy supplies to other cities and to try to discredit the Ukrainian military in the world’s eyes. In his nightly address on Saturday, President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine said the situation at the nuclear power plant was a threat to the rest of Europe, too. The intelligence agency said that, among other things, Russian forces were flying Ukrainian flags in positions where their artillery was located. More worrying is the chance that a power transformer is hit by shelling, raising the risk of a fire.
Persons: Alexander Ermochenko, Friday, Volodymyr Zelensky, Ria Novosti, Edwin Lyman, Lyman Organizations: Ukrainian, Saturday, Union, Ria, Union of Concerned Scientists Locations: Russian, Ukraine, United States, Russia, Ukrainian, Europe, Vodyane, Cambridge, Japan
REUTERS/Alexander ErmochenkoAug 14 (Reuters) - Russia's priority over the past week has likely been to reorient units to strengthen its campaign southern Ukraine, British military intelligence said on Sunday. loadingUkraine and Russia have traded accusations over multiple incidents of shelling at the Zaporizhzhia facility in southern Ukraine. Ukraine's military command on Saturday said "fierce fighting" continued in Pisky, an eastern village which Russia had earlier said it had full control over. read moreUK also said the Russian assault "likely" aims to secure the "M04 highway", the main approach to Donetsk from the west. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterReporting by Mrinmay Dey in Bengaluru; Editing by Michael PerryOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Alexander Ermochenko, Mrinmay Dey, Michael Perry Organizations: REUTERS, Donetsk Airport, British Defence Ministry, Twitter, Thomson Locations: Russian, Ukraine, Russia, Enerhodar, Zaporizhzhia, British, Donetsk People's Republic, Donetsk, Pisky, Bengaluru
U.N.-chartered ship in Ukraine readying for journey to Africa
  + stars: | 2022-08-14 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
The Lebanese-flagged bulk carrier Brave Commander arrives to the sea port of Pivdennyi after grain export was restarted amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Odesa region, Ukraine August 12, 2022. REUTERS/Serhii SmolientsevODESA, Ukraine, Aug 14 (Reuters) - The United Nations-chartered ship MV Brave Commander will depart Ukraine for Africa in coming days after it finishes loading more than 23,0000 tons of wheat in the Ukrainian port of Pivdennyi, a U.N. official said. The ship, which arrived in the port near Odesa, will sail to Ethiopia via a grain corridor through the Black Sea brokered by the United Nations and Turkey in late July. It will be the first humanitarian food aid cargo bound for Africa since Russia's invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24. under the framework of the Black Sea Grain Initiative. So far most of the cargoes under the deal have carried grain for animal feed or for fuel.
Persons: Andrea Shalal, Michael Perry Organizations: Lebanese, REUTERS, United Nations, MV, United, Initiative, Food, U.S . Agency for International Development, Joint Coordination, Thomson Locations: Pivdennyi, Ukraine, Odesa region, ODESA, Africa, Ukrainian, Odesa, Ethiopia, United Nations, Turkey, Russia, Istanbul
DUBAI, Aug 14 (Reuters) - State oil giant Saudi Aramco (2222.SE) reported a soaring 90% rise in second-quarter profit on Sunday, beating analyst expectations and propelled by higher oil prices, volumes sold and refining margins. Aramco's net profit rose to 181.64 billion riyals ($48.39 billion) for the quarter to June 30 from 95.47 billion riyals a year earlier. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterAnalysts had expected a net profit of $46.2 billion, according to the mean estimate from 15 analysts. It declared a dividend of $18.8 billion in the second quarter, in line with its own target, which will be paid in the third quarter. Capital expenditure increased by 25% to $9.4 billion in the second quarter compared to the same period in 2021.
Persons: Amin Nasser, Nasser, Hadeel Al, Kirsten Donovan, Frances Kerry Organizations: Saudi Aramco, Aramco, Exxon Mobil Corp, Shell, Thomson Locations: DUBAI, Russia, Capital
WARSAW — After years of struggling to make a living as musicians in Ukraine, Yevgen Dovbysh and Anna Vikhrova felt they had finally built a stable life. Then Russia invaded Ukraine in February. Vikhrova fled for the Czech Republic with her daughter and mother, bringing a few hundred dollars in savings, some clothes and her violin. “We spent every day together,” Vikhrova, 38, said. And suddenly our beautiful life was taken away.”
Persons: Yevgen Dovbysh, Anna Vikhrova, Bach partitas, Vikhrova, Dovbysh, , ” Vikhrova, Organizations: WARSAW, Odessa Philharmonic, “ Star Locations: Ukraine, Odessa, Russia, Czech Republic
RUBIZHNE, Ukraine, Aug 14 (Reuters) - People in the eastern Ukrainian town of Rubizhne have started exhuming bodies that were hastily buried in courtyards at the height of fighting, anxious to be able to lay them to rest with dignity. Men with spades removed sandy soil on Friday outside a damaged apartment block in the town of 50,000 people. The breakaway Russian-backed Luhansk People's Republic (LPR), one of Moscow's proxies in eastern Ukraine, is cooordinating the search for bodies. A total of six bodies were dug up close to the badly damaged apartment building and placed into a van before being examined by specialists elsewhere in town. Boris Kovalyov, 44, a forensic expert from the southern Russian region of Rostov, said examples of genetic material would be stored to help identify unknown corpses.
Persons: Rubizhne, Vladimir Putin, Lilia Ai, Talatini, she's, Anna Sorokina, Boris Kovalyov, Raissa Organizations: Luhansk People's, Reuters, Thomson Locations: RUBIZHNE, Ukraine, Ukrainian, Rubizhne, Luhansk, Russian, Luhansk People's Republic, Rostov, Russia
Finance Minister Christian Lindner attends a news conference to present key points of planned legislation to offset high inflation in Berlin, Germany August 10, 2022. REUTERS/Lisi NiesnerBERLIN, Aug 14 (Reuters) - German finance minister Christian Lindner has written to the European Commission seeking permission to waive value-added tax on a new gas price levy for a limited period of time, a copy of his letter seen by Reuters showed on Sunday. read moreGermany's gas market operator is set to announce on Monday the size of the levy, which Berlin is imposing on all gas consumers to spread the additional cost of gas imports. The levy is aimed at helping Uniper (UN01.DE) and other importers cope with soaring prices due to reduced Russian export flows, but it would add to already sky-high energy prices and inflationary pressures for customers. "Rising energy prices are a threat to our prosperity and stability," Lindner said.
Persons: Christian Lindner, Lisi Niesner BERLIN, Lindner, Christian Kraemer, Vera Eckert, Hugh Lawson Organizations: REUTERS, European Commission, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Berlin, Germany, Brussels, Russia, Europe
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