Published on: 05/20/2022 – 06:45 The United States and Russia rejected, Thursday at the UN, the responsibility for the food supply problems linked to the war in Ukraine. Russia and Ukraine provide 30% of the world’s food supply. Follow our direct dedicated to the day of May 20. 1:51 a.m .: United States and Russia blame each other for worsening food insecurity The United States and Russia on Thursday blamed each other for the worsening food insecurity in the world, Washington calling on Moscow to allow Ukrainian grain exports blocked in Black Sea ports. “Stop blockading Black Sea ports! Allow free movement of ships, trains and trucks carrying food out of ‘Ukraine”, launched the head of American diplomacy, Antony Blinken, during a meeting of the UN Security Council organized by the United States. Denouncing a Western desire “to blame Russia for all the problems of the world”, the Russian ambassador to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, rejected the Western accusations. 12:36 a.m.: EU plans to use frozen assets of Russian oligarchs to fund Ukraine’s reconstruction The European Union (EU) is exploring the possibility of using frozen assets of Russian oligarchs to fund reconstruction of Ukraine after the war, European Commission (EC) President Ursula von der Leyen said on Thursday. The EC on Wednesday offered to provide up to 9 billion euros in loans financed by EU borrowings to cover Kyiv’s needs until the end of June. “Our lawyers are working intensively to find possible ways to use the frozen assets of the oligarchs to rebuild Ukraine. I think Russia should also make a contribution,” she told German broadcaster ZDF. Ursula von der Leyen also said that she was in favor of the idea of coupling the long-term reconstruction of Ukraine with the reforms necessary for its accession to the EU. 12:20 a.m.: Five Western countries support Ukraine’s action to try war crimes Justice officials from five Western countries, forming the so-called “Five Eyes” alliance, announced Thursday support for the legal action of Ukraine to try war crimes related to the Russian invasion. The Ministers of Justice or Attorneys General of the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and New Zealand have says in a statement “support” the action of the general prosecutor of Ukraine Iryna Venediktova aiming to bring to account those responsible for “war crimes committed during the Russian invasion”. Ukraine has opened thousands of files of war crimes committed according to kyiv by Russian soldiers since February 24 – and a first trial opened this week. “We support Ukraine’s quest for justice and through other international investigations, including the International Criminal Court” and other bodies, they said in their joint statement. 12:09 a.m.: Zelensky says Donbass ‘completely destroyed’ Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Thursday that Russian troops have ‘completely destroyed’ the eastern region of Donbass and accused Russia of leading senseless shelling as it steps up its offensive. The Ukrainian president also said Russian forces were keen to kill as many Ukrainians as possible and cause heavy damage, reiterating his accusations that Russia was committing “genocide”. Volodymyr Zelensky said Ukrainian soldiers continued to work for the liberation of the Kharkiv region, as Russia tried to exert more pressure in the Donbass. With AFP and Reuters
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