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The soldiers trapped in the Azovstal steel plant are now prisoners of war. After Zelensky declared an end to combat operations in order to ‘save the lives of our guys,’ Russian buses were seen transporting the soldiers to Russian-controlled Novoazovsk.
Putin is a tactical micromanager in Eastern Ukraine, for better or worse.
Greece renewed the Mutual Defense Cooperation Agreement (MDCA) with the US ahead of yesterday’s White House visit by conservative Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. Greece would also like some F-35s. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu will be in DC today, in part to seal an F-16 deal. By the way, there is still no love lost between Greece and Turkey.
Europe and Central Asia
Greek shipping interests successfully opposed the EU proposal to ban transporting Russian oil to third parties.
Japan floats a $100 million loan to Ukraine.
The Middle East and Africa
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