Facts about Ukraine crisis: Meeting on Ukraine crisis concludes, highlighting continued peace efforts

(Xinhua) 11:27, August 07, 2023

MOSCOW/WASHINGTON/RIYADH, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- The following are the latest developments related to the Ukraine crisis:

The talks on the Ukraine crisis concluded on Sunday in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah, where participants called for continuing international efforts to build a common ground for peace, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The participants also emphasized the importance of benefiting from views and positive suggestions presented during the two-day meeting.

The meeting, chaired by Saudi Minister of State and National Security Adviser Musaad bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, was attended by security advisers and representatives from more than 40 countries and international organizations, including China and the United Nations.

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The air defense system in the Moscow region has destroyed a Ukrainian drone, the Russian Defense Ministry said Sunday.

At 11:27 a.m. (0827 GMT), an attempt by the Ukrainian side to carry out an attack using an unmanned aerial vehicle against facilities in the Moscow region was foiled, the ministry said.

There have been no reports of casualties or damage.

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Saturday held a phone call with Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan on issues including the now collapsed Black Sea Grain Initiative, the U.S. State Department said.

According to a U.S. statement, Blinken "thanked Türkiye for its leadership in the Black Sea Grain Initiative."

The initiative, which allowed Ukraine to export its grain and other agricultural products from its Black Sea ports, was brokered by Türkiye and the United Nations in July 2022 and expired last month after Russia suspended its participation in the agreement.

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A woman has died and two men have been injured following a Ukrainian attack on Donetsk's Kuibyshev district, Donetsk Mayor Alexey Kulemzin said Sunday.

As a result of Ukraine's evening shelling of the Kuibyshev district, a woman had died in the backyard of her house, and two men have been injured as a result of the shelling of the Azotny settlement, Kulemzin said in a Telegram post.

The mayor also said that a private house and two cars had been damaged due to Ukraine's attack, as well as the building of a cultural center, two shops and a trade pavilion.

Kulemzin said Saturday that Ukrainian forces had attacked the Donetsk University of Economics and Trade, which caught on fire. According to preliminary information, he said that Ukraine had used cluster munitions in the attack.

(Web editor: Zhang Kaiwei, Liang Jun)


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