U.S. accuses North Korea of supplying Russia with artillery for Ukraine war


The White House on Wednesday accused North Korea of covertly transport a “vital quantity” of artillery shells to Russia in assist of its invasion of Ukraine.

National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby mentioned the U.S. believes North Korea is “attempting to make it seem as if they’re being despatched to nations within the Middle East or North Africa.” He declined to offer a particular estimate on the amount of ammunition being despatched to bolster the Russian effort.

Kirby mentioned North Korea “is covertly supplying” the ammunition to Russia, however that, “we’re nonetheless monitoring this to find out whether or not the shipments are literally acquired.”

Kirby insisted that the North Korean shipments are “not going to alter the course of the war,” citing Western efforts to resupply the Ukrainian army.

The White House wouldn’t specify the mode of transportation or whether or not the U.S. or different nations would try and intercept the shipments to Russia.

New deaths reported, widespread outages in Ukraine

In Ukraine on Wednesday, 1000’s of properties within the Kyiv area and elsewhere remained with out energy, officers mentioned, as Russian drone and artillery strikes continued to focus on Ukraine’s power infrastructure.

Kyiv area Gov. Oleksiy Kukeba mentioned 16,000 properties had been with out electrical energy and drones attacked power amenities within the Cherkasy area south of the capital, prompting energy outages.

Workers restore a broken railway bridge, as Russia’s assault on Ukraine continues, within the Kharkiv area on Wednesday. (Vyacheslav Madiyevskyy/Reuters)

Although energy and water had been restored to town of Kyiv, Kuleba did not rule out electrical energy shortages lasting “weeks” if Russian forces proceed to hit power amenities there. In a Telegram publish, he accused Russian forces of attempting to immediate a critical humanitarian disaster.

Power outages had been additionally reported within the southern cities of Nikopol and Chervonohryhorivka following “a large-scale drone assault,” Dnipropetrovsk Gov. Valentyn Reznichenko mentioned.

The two cities are situated throughout the Dnipro River from the Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant, Europe’s largest nuclear facility. Russia and Ukraine have for months traded blame for shelling at and across the plant that UN’s nuclear watchdog warned might trigger a radiation emergency.

Continued Russian shelling throughout 9 areas in southern and japanese Ukraine resulted within the deaths of a minimum of 4 civilians and the wounding of 17 others between Tuesday and Wednesday, based on the workplace of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

The shelling additionally pounded cities and villages retaken by Ukraine final month within the northeastern Kharkiv area, wounding seven folks.

Grain to maintain transport

Russian fireplace broken a hospital and condo buildings within the Donetsk area metropolis of Toretsk. Donetsk Gov. Pavlo Kyrylenko mentioned Wednesday that Ukrainian and Russian forces continued to combat for management of the cities of Avdiivka and Bakhmut, each key targets of a Russian offensive within the area.

In southern Ukraine, Russian-installed authorities within the occupied Kherson area relocated civilians some 90 kilometres farther into Russian-held territory in anticipation of a significant Ukrainian counterattack to recapture the provincial capital of the identical identify.

Ships, together with these carrying grain from Ukraine and awaiting inspections, are seen anchored off the Istanbul shoreline of Turkey. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Diplomatic efforts salvaged the settlement that allowed Ukrainian grain and different commodities to succeed in world markets, with Russia saying Wednesday it might persist with the deal. Russia threatened to finish the deal over the weekend, citing allegations of a Ukrainian drone assault in opposition to its Black Sea fleet in Crimea. Ukraine didn’t declare accountability for the assault, which some Ukrainian officers blamed on Russian troopers mishandling their very own weapons.

The UN and Turkey brokered separate offers with Russia and Ukraine in July to make sure Africa, the Middle East and elements of Asia would obtain grain and different meals from the Black Sea area throughout Russia’s now eight-month-old war in Ukraine.

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Ukraine and Russia are key international exporters of wheat, barley, sunflower oil and different meals to creating nations the place many are already struggling with starvation. A loss of these provides earlier than the grain deal pushed up international meals costs and helped throw tens of thousands and thousands into poverty, alongside with hovering power prices.

The grain settlement introduced down international meals costs about 15 per cent from their peak in March, based on the UN.


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