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The Russian President is attempting to stoke instability within the European Union using a Black Sea blockade which “is meant to generate refugees,” according to Yale University history professor Timothy Snyder. He explained: “Putin’s hunger plan is also meant to generate refugees from North Africa and the Middle East, areas usually fed by Ukraine. This would generate instability in the EU.” Mr Snyder also warned that if the Russian blockade continues, “tens of millions of tons of food will rot in silos” and millions of people in Africa and Asia “will starve”. His grave warning comes shortly after Ala Stoyanova, the deputy governor of Odessa, made a similar prediction about Putin’s strategy, saying he was “blackmailing the world”. The war has caused Black Sea ports in Ukraine to shut down, threatening food supplies and nations that rely heavily on the country as one of the world’s largest grain exporters.
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Russian death toll could pass 40,000 by end of month
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has claimed the death toll among Russians could pass 40,000 before the end of June.
Ukraine has consistently claimed Russia has suffered high numbers of casualties, but this has not been confirmed by Moscow.
‘Most important factor’ in the war revealed by British Ministry of Defence
The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) has revealed the “most important factor” in the war between Ukraine and Russia.
In the ministry’s latest intelligence report reveals: “Over the weekend, the battle around Sieverodonetsk has continued to rage.
“Over the coming months, river crossing operations are likely to be amongst the most important determining factors in the course of the war.
“The key, 90km long central sector of Russia’s frontline in the Donbas lies to the west of the Siverskyy Donets River.
“To achieve success in the current operational phase of its Donbas offensive, Russia is either going to have to complete ambitious flanking actions, or conduct assault river crossings.
“Ukrainian forces have often managed to demolish bridges before they withdraw, while Russia has struggled to put in place the complex coordination necessary to conduct successful, large scale river crossings under fire.”
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