The Russian Parliament has amended the law on military service, state media reported


Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba spoke with United Nations Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield before the start of the meeting in New York on Tuesday. (Seth Wenig/AP)

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba is focusing on the spillover effects of Ukraine’s war on the energy and food crises in meetings with counterparts on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, according to UN diplomats familiar with the matter.

Kuleba is doing it with a specific goal: to try to maintain solidarity between the nations that support Ukraine, recognizing the impact the war is having on their country, diplomats said.

While the devastation in Ukraine is dire, Ukrainian government officials believe that highlighting how the war has had an impact beyond Ukraine’s borders will likely encourage continued support for Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression.

The food crisis is a central spillover effect being felt globally, and Ukrainians are pushing to maintain and extend the current grain deal, diplomats said.

Kuleba also plans to privately embarrass the leaders of countries that are getting cheap oil from Russia, saying they are profiting from Ukraine’s victimization, one diplomat said.

Meanwhile, U.S. and European officials feel confident they will push for continued aid to Ukraine this week, U.S. and European officials said.

There are a number of factors that influence this expectation. First, Ukraine’s gains on the battlefield have put the wind at their backs, as it would not be good for countries to back away from aid to Ukraine while they are succeeding. Second, comments from Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian President Narendra Modi last week provide more impetus to hold the line on aid to Ukraine, officials said.

Some background: Last week, Modi told Putin that “now is not the time for war” – a stark rebuke from a leader who has remained silent on the conflict that has raged for more than six months.

In a meeting with the Chinese leader on Thursday, Putin acknowledged Xi’s “questions and concerns” about the war.