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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said kyiv was ready for an imminent prisoner swap with Russia and called on the allies to continue to exert economic and political pressure on Moscow.

Meanwhile, a UK minister has warned that the death toll from global grain and food shortages due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine ‘could be even higher than the lives lost directly in the war’ .

Here are the latest developments:

Zelensky addresses the World Economic Forum: Ukraine’s president told an audience at the World Economic Forum in Davos that kyiv is ready for a prisoner swap with Russia “even tomorrow”. Speaking via video on Monday, Zelensky said “swapping people” is a “very political decision that depends on the support of many states.” He urged world leaders to “maintain political pressure” on Russia “in any way possible”, calling for increased business closures, oil embargoes and economic sanctions.

Global grain shortages: Deaths from global grain and food shortages due to the war in Ukraine ‘could be even greater than the lives lost directly in war,’ British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said in an interview on Tuesday. with Sky News. Shapps said he was “very concerned” about the issue and met with his Ukrainian counterpart Oleksandr Kubrakov last week in Germany to discuss how infrastructure could be put in place to ensure grain leaves Ukraine. “It’s hard to overestimate how Ukraine was, and is, the breadbasket of the world,” he added. Meanwhile, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has accused Russia of “weaponising” food supplies – as it has done with energy.

Biden at the top of the Quad: US President Joe Biden met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his new Australian counterpart, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, in separate meetings at the Quad Summit in Tokyo on Tuesday. Ahead of his meeting with Modi, Biden said he and the Indian leader – who was reluctant to condemn Russia’s war in Ukraine – would discuss the “brutal and unwarranted” conflict. Meanwhile, Biden “welcomed Australia’s strong support for Ukraine since Russia’s invasion” during his town hall meeting with Albanese, and the two leaders “agreed on the importance of continued solidarity , in particular to ensure that no such event happens again in the Indo-Pacific”. the White House said in a statement.

Colombia will train Ukraine in demining: Colombia’s armed forces are sending a team to Ukraine to train its military in demining operations, the Colombian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Monday. The 11 military engineers will be deployed to an unidentified neighboring NATO country where the training will be carried out, according to the statement. The news comes two months after US President Joe Biden announced that Colombia would be designated as a major non-NATO ally, strengthening security and economic ties between the two.

Request from the Kherson military base: Pro-Moscow authorities in Ukraine’s Kherson region will demand a Russian military base in the area, Russian news agencies reported on Tuesday. Russian state news agencies RIA-Novosti and TASS quoted Kirill Stremousov, deputy head of the Russian-installed administration in the Kherson region, as saying that “there should be a military base of the Russian Federation in the Kherson region. We will demand this, and the whole population is interested in it.” The Russian military took control of parts of the Kherson region in mid-March, and Russian-backed officials say they have held a series of positions governmental.

Moscow strengthens its alliance with China: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow must end all dependence on the West and instead deepen its ties with China. “Now that the West has adopted a ‘dictator stance’, our economic ties with China will grow even faster,” Lavrov said during a question-and-answer session in Moscow on Monday, according to a ministry transcript. Russian Foreign Affairs.

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