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Russia-Ukraine war live updates U.S. urges end to grain export blockade as Russian shelling continues

Russian rockets fell on the Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk on July 7, leaving at least one dead and six injured. (Video: Wojciech Grzedzinski/The Washington Post)

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At the Group of 20 meeting on Friday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged Russia to end its blockade of Ukrainian grain exports, while Russian forces continue to shell the Luhansk region in eastern Ukraine, the region’s governor said Friday.

Hours after the G-20 session, where Russia’s foreign minister accused Western diplomats of “rabid Russophobia,” the Pentagon announced a new shipment of four multiple-launch rocket systems to Ukraine as part of a $400 million package that also included additional ammunition and other supplies.

Russia appears to control all of the Luhansk province, after late last month seizing the city of Severodonetsk, which is facing a “humanitarian disaster,” according to Luhansk governor Serhiy Haidai.

Here’s what else to know

  • Moscow is continuing to crack down on dissenting voices, with a municipal lawmaker jailed for seven years on Friday after describing Russia’s war against Ukraine as a war, which is forbidden.
  • Moscow’s chief rabbi, who left Russia over his opposition to the war, has stepped down after almost three decades, saying he does not want to endanger the city’s Jewish community.
  • Blinken said he would not relent until “wrongfully detained” WNBA star Brittney Griner is freed from Russian detention. She pleaded guilty to carrying cannabis oil during a trial in Moscow on Thursday.
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Moscow is continuing to crack down on dissenting voices, with a municipal lawmaker jailed for seven years on Friday after describing Russia’s war against Ukraine as a war, which is forbidden.
Moscow’s chief rabbi, who left Russia over his opposition to the war, has stepped down after almost three decades, saying he does not want to endanger the city’s Jewish community.
Blinken said he would not relent until “wrongfully detained” WNBA star Brittney Griner is freed from Russian detention. She pleaded guilty to carrying cannabis oil during a trial in Moscow on Thursday.

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