(Bloomberg) — The founder of the Wagner mercenary group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, is believed to have been killed in a plane crash Wednesday, two months after he led a failed mutiny against Russian military commanders that President Vladimir Putin called “treason.”
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In Ukraine, troops are expanding their advance around the recently captured city of Robotyne on the southern frontline, the military general staff said on Facebook. The army also reported progress south of Russian-occupied Bakhmut, it said. President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday resisted criticism that Kiev’s armed forces are too dispersed across the front line.
The embattled country braced for more attacks as it celebrates Independence Day. Seven people were injured by a Russian missile strike on the central city of Dnipro, regional governor Serhiy Lysak said on Telegram. The missiles targeted a transportation facility and damaged several buildings.
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US grain prices rose amid uncertainty caused by a heat wave and another Russian attack on Ukrainian grain terminals. According to Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov, several harvesting terminals in the port of Izmail on the Danube have been damaged overnight, reducing export capacity by 15%.
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