Poland said Wednesday it will stop providing weapons to Ukraine as tensions rise between Kyiv and Warsaw over a temporary ban on Ukrainian grain imports to some EU countries.
“We no longer transfer weapons to Ukraine because we are now arming Poland,” Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on social media.
The grain ban was initially put into place earlier this year to protect the livelihood of local farmers worried about being undercut by the low prices of Ukrainian grain. Last week, after the EU announced plans to suspend the ban, Poland, along with Hungary and Slovakia, said they intended to defy the change and keep the ban in place.
Kyiv has repeatedly spoken out against the ban.
Here's what else you need to know:
- US aid: The White House is planning to provide a new aid package to Ukraine when President Volodymyr Zelensky visits on Thursday, a US official told CNN. The package — based on existing drawdown authority — will include additional artillery, anti-armor, anti-aircraft and air defense capabilities that will better equip the country for an ongoing counteroffensive and beyond. Notably, the package is not expected to include Army Tactical Missile Systems, known as ATACMS, that would allow Ukrainian soldiers the ability to strike longer-range targets. Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden is seeking to hear a "battlefield perspective" from Zelensky during his visit to Washington Thursday, the White House said.
- Rebuilding Ukraine: Zelensky met Wednesday evening with Wall Street CEOs and business power players to discuss efforts to rebuild his war-torn country and its economy, a person familiar with the matter told CNN. The roundtable, convened by JPMorgan Chase, included former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, billionaire Mike Bloomberg, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, hedge fund billionaire Bill Ackman, former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and billionaire Barry Sternlicht, the source said.
- Nuclear talks: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed the safety of Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant during his meeting Wednesday with International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi. Their meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly came after Zelensky appealed to world leaders to restrain Russia's weaponization of nuclear plants.
- UN veto: During a speech at Wednesday’s UN Security Council meeting, Zelensky called for Russia's veto power at the body to be removed. Ukrainian soldiers are doing on the battlefield "at the expense of their blood" what the UN Security Council "should do by its voting," he said.
- On the ground: Russia said Thursday it had intercepted 22 Ukrainian drone attacks, including 19 over the Black Sea. It comes after the Ukrainian military claimed Wednesday it had successfully hit a Russian command post in occupied Crimea. A series of explosions reported in Crimea on Wednesday were the work of Ukrainian forces, Ukrainian Defense Intelligence confirmed. Elsewhere, saboteurs were responsible for an attack on an airfield near Moscow on Monday, according to Kyiv.