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  • Officials from Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, and the United Nations reached an agreement on major elements of a plan to resume Ukrainian grain shipments across the Black Sea which had been disrupted following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, according to the Wall Street Journal. Representatives from the four sides agreed during a conference in Turkey to build a coordination center in Istanbul where their representatives would supervise outgoing grain shipments, according to Turkey’s defense minister.
  • A pro-Russia separatist leader in eastern Ukraine indicated that three foreigners sentenced to death for “mercenary activities” could be executed in secret if their appeals are denied, Radio Free Europe reported.
  • The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) established an embassy in Russia this week, CNN wrote. According to a source in the Russian newspaper Kommersant, Ambassador Olga Makeyeva and Foreign Minister Natalia Nikonorova told journalists that diplomats representing the Russia-backed DPR had already received “a huge number” of petitions from civilians, for help addressing their issues.

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