Three ships are carrying grain from Ukraine’s Black Sea ports to a world worried about food security. In Moscow, WNBA superstar Brittney Griner’s lawyers pledged to appeal a 9½-year prison sentence, as U.S. officials urge Moscow to accept an offer to free Griner. Here’s the latest on the war and its ripple effects across the globe.
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Russia’s vow to annex occupied Ukraine sparks divisions, pleas for aid: In Washington and Kyiv, trepidation is growing over whether the West is positioned to avert a pivotal shift in the war, The Washington Post reports.
Critics of the Biden administration’s response say the president and his advisers appear largely unfazed by Russia’s moves to lay the groundwork to annex pockets of Ukraine.
Russian leaders have signaled they could hold votes in Ukraine’s east and south in September, alongside regional elections already scheduled to take place. This has raised fears that Russia could use the ensuing months to solidify its hold — putting fresh urgency behind the Ukrainian military’s efforts to mount a counteroffensive aimed at retaking the southern port of Kherson.