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Hi, this is Liv, and today we’re covering UN efforts to unblock Ukrainian grain exports, an expansion in climate change-related funding and conspiracy theorists up in arms about the WHO’s future pandemics treaty.

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Liv Martin


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A wheat field in Ukraine. (Credit: Polina Rytova/Unsplash)

UN in talks to solve Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian ports. The two countries make up almost a third of global wheat supply. But the ongoing war has resulted in only two million tonnes of grain exported per month, compared with six million tonnes prior to the conflict. The UN aims to negotiate a sea corridor so Ukrainian grain exports can pick back up, but it is proving to be a difficult task. Russia must agree to relinquish its blockade with help from Turkey.

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Ukraine Stories

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People queue at a cash machine in Kherson (Credit: (KEYSTONE/SPUTNIK/RIA Novosti)

‘Almost like a concentration camp’. In occupied Kherson, the new reality means high prices, shops filled with Russian products, rubles, no education, and doctors forced to work in military hospitals. Recently, the city in the south of Ukraine also experienced four days of total internet and phone signal blackout.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

Going nowhere is scarier than staying under shelling. Russia’s aggression in Ukraine has cost Oksana Myronenko the life of her mother and health of her father. Myronenko, once a trauma surgeon, didn’t stop fighting. She now dedicates her life rescuing the elderly and disabled people left behind in Ukraine's war.

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