The fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues on a global scale. Here are the latest developments:
A brief ceasefire: The Ukrainian military has agreed to a a new 12-hour ceasefire with Russia on Wednesday.
Russia agreed to provide evacuation corridors from Kyiv; Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv and Mariupol; along with other towns negotiated with the Ukrainian side.
There are still millions of people trapped in dire conditions across Ukraine; however, Kyiv has transformed into a fortress.
Ukraine bans agricultural exports: Exporting key agricultural goods, including wheat, corn, grains, salt, and meat, is banned in Ukraine in order to “prevent a humanitarian crisis” and “meet the needs of the population in critical food products;” said Ukrainian minister Roman Leshchenko.
Ukraine is one of Europe’s largest suppliers of agricultural produce.
UK outlaws Russian flights: The United Kingdom has made it a criminal offense for Russian aircraft to enter British airspace as part of further sanctions against Moscow; for its invasion of Ukraine; Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced via Twitter on Tuesday.
More companies hit the brakes in Russia: A growing number of international companies; including Apple, Disney and Ford; continue to disengage with Russia.
A number of global consulting firms also announced a similar decision; including the four biggest worldwide; which are Deloitte; Ernst & Young; KPMG as well as PricewaterhouseCoopers.
NATO ramps up its defense deployment: The US is sending two Patriot missile batteries to Poland as a “defensive deployment” to counter any potential threat to US and NATO allies; a spokesman for US European Command said.
Earlier Tuesday, the Pentagon dismissed Poland’s proposal to transfer its MiG-29 fighter jets to the US for delivery to Ukraine; calling it not “tenable.”
Roughly 300 personnel from peacekeeping forces will return to Ukraine, Oleksiy Arestovych, an adviser in the Ukrainian president’s office said.
Ukraine’s foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba is set to meet Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov for talks on Thursday.
“Despite the talks, we should only put hope in our army,” said Arestovych when asked if there is any hope for talks to end the Russian invasion