Latest Developments in Ukraine: May 22
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The latest developments in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. All times EDT:
3:02 a.m.: The New York Times reports that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia’s blockade of grain shipments “will create a food crisis if we do not unblock the routes for Ukraine.” Appealing for weapons, he said a military solution was one way to unblock them.
2:04 a.m.: CNN, citing Russian state media, reports that Russia may swap Ukrainian prisoners for a pro-Russian politician and oligarch.
That man, Viktor Medvedchuk, has been in Ukrainian custody since April. Before the Russian invasion, CNN reports, he’d been accused of treason.
1:07 a.m.: International sanctions have “practically broken” logistics in Russia, Al Jazeera reports.
“The sanctions imposed on Russia… have practically broken all logistics in our country. And we have to look for new logistics corridors,” said Vitaly Savelyev, Russia’s transport minister.
12:02 a.m.: Al Jazeera reports that Russia has again accused Ukraine of attacking its settlements. Roman Starovoit, the governor of the Kursk region, said there were no casualties or damage to infrastructure.
Some information in this report came from The Associated Press, Reuters and Agence France-Presse.