ISTANBUL — After talks on Wednesday regarding Turkey’s continued objections to Sweden and Finland’s NATO bids, a senior Turkish official said the meeting yielded “positive” signs but no immediate breakthrough.
Meanwhile, Russia is attempting to capture Ukraine’s eastern Luhansk region at all costs, with the strategic city of Severodonetsk “under enemy fire around-the-clock,” Sergei Haidai, the regional governor, said Wednesday. Civilians are sheltering in bomb shelters inside the Azot chemical plant, which has been hit by deadly strikes in recent days, Haidai added. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has described the situation in the Donbas region — of which Luhansk is a part — as “extremely difficult,” accusing Russia of wanting “to destroy everything there.”
The British Defense Ministry said Wednesday that Russia’s blockade of the Black Sea has left “significant supplies of Ukrainian grain” stranded and “unable to be exported,” as fears grow that the war could spark a global food crisis.