‘Europe’s breadbasket’ at risk: Ukraine braces for 30% drop in wheat production
07 April 2022 | 2:23 pm
Concern over global food supplies has been rising since Russia invaded Ukraine. Known as "the breadbasket of Europe", Ukraine is a major exporter of wheat and other cereals. But with fierce fighting threatening crops and harvests, authorities say wheat production this year could drop by 30 percent. We take a closer look. Plus, the US Federal Reserve has signalled that it will start selling off its massive haul of bonds to the tune of $95 billion a month, rattling markets.
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Tallinn has hit back at reports that it upset its EU allies with reimbursements it has sought for weapons sent to Ukraine, in a trying moment for the bloc.
The Orthodox monks accused of Russia links have been ordered out of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra monastery. But they refuse to vacate the complex.
A warm winter with relatively little snow means less water flowing into Europe’s rivers come summer. This will require rethinking nuclear and hydropower production.
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Alexei Moskalyov had fled house arrest in Russia before a court sentenced him to two years in prison for "discrediting" the Russian army. His daughter had drawn a sketch at school against Russia's war in Ukraine.
A year ago, the Ukrainian town of Bucha near Kyiv was freed from Russian occupiers, who are accused of committing war atrocities there. DW spoke to the relatives of civilians who were killed.
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