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Putin to visit Tehran; Russia, Ukraine to discuss Black Sea ‘grain corridor’

Ukrainian rescue workers clear debris after a Russian strike on a residential building in Chasiv Yar, a city in the eastern Donetsk region. (Gleb Garanich/Reuters)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Tehran next week to discuss deepening economic ties with Iran, according to the Kremlin.

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Iran plans to provide Russia with “up to several hundred” drones to be used in the war in Ukraine, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said Monday. The move indicates Moscow is running out of precision weapons, according to U.S.-based military analysts, who added that closer cooperation between two U.S. adversaries is likely to encourage the West to step up military assistance to Kyiv.

The death toll continues to rise from Russian strikes in eastern and northern Ukraine. At least 41 people were killed in Chasiv Yar, a city in the eastern Donetsk region, when a Russian missile hit a residential complex over the weekend, according to officials. Three others were also killed Monday in Kharkiv when Russian airstrikes damaged a shopping center and residences.

Here’s what else to know

  • Turkey’s defense minister said Tuesday that military delegations from Ukraine, Russia and Turkey would meet in Istanbul for talks aimed at restarting grain shipments from Ukrainian ports blockaded by Russia.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky criticized Canada for carving out an exemption to Russian sanctions by agreeing to allow a gas turbine used in the Nord Stream 1 pipeline that had been undergoing repairs in Canada to be returned to Germany.
  • A former Olympic official told the Guardian that a ban on Russian and Belarusian athletes in global sporting events due to Russia’s invasion could continue, preventing those athletes from competing in qualifying events for the 2024 Summer Games in Paris.
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