Ukraine to send grain from Ukraine to famine risk

Ukraine to send grain from Ukraine to famine risk

The presidential press service reported on Saturday that KIEV MOSCOW -- An international food security meeting under the Grain from Ukraine program was held in Kiev.

Under the Grain from Ukraine'' program, we plan to send at least 60 vessels from our ports - at least 10 per month - to countries that are at risk of famine and drought, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his opening speech at the meeting that the program is intended to save 5 million people from hunger.

Zelensky announced at the Group of 20 Summit earlier this month that the program is separate from the UN-brokered Black Sea Grain Initiative.

The presidential press service reported on Friday that Zelensky discussed his country's urgent defence needs with visiting British Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs James Cleverly.

The Ukrainian president expressed appreciation for the British government's support, as it has provided 2.3 billion pounds around $2.78 billion in defense aid this year, and urged Britain to help rebuild energy infrastructure damaged in Russia's attacks.

On Friday, Zelensky said in a video message that the blackouts continue in most regions of Ukraine, including the capital Kiev, and there were still over 6 million people affected by the country's power outage.

Zelensky said the biggest problems are in the capital, as well as in the regions of Kiev, Odesa, Lviv, Vinnytsia and Dnipropetrovsk.

The Associated Press fired a national security reporter this week over an egregious error in a story about a deadly missile strike in Poland earlier this month.

James LaPorta was dismissed after being deemed primarily responsible for a Nov 15 news bulletin that erroneously claimed Russian missiles had carried out the strike that killed two people in Poland.

The bulletin was later retracted, and in a correction published online, the AP wrote that the missiles were most likely fired by Ukraine for a defense purpose.

On Saturday, nine Russian servicemen who were in mortal danger were returned from the territory controlled by Kiev after negotiations, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

Russian military transport aircraft will deliver the released soldiers to Moscow for treatment and rehabilitation, the statement said.