Prigozhin Presumed Dead; Kyiv Cites Advances

(Bloomberg) — Wagner mercenary group founder Yevgeny Prigozhin is presumed to have been killed in a plane crash Wednesday two months after he led a failed mutiny against Vladimir Putin’s military establishment. Ukraine meanwhile cited progress on the battlefield.

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Forces are advancing around the recently captured town of Robotyne on the southern front line, Ukraine’s military General Staff said. The military also reported progress south of Russian-occupied Bakhmut.

The embattled nation braced for more attacks as it celebrates Independence Day. Seven people were injured by a Russian missile attack against the central city of Dnipro overnight, regional Governor Serhiy Lysak said on Telegram. Damaged targets included a transport facility, water and gas pipes, residential buildings, an agriculture firm and a furniture studio.

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Grain prices rose in the US amid uncertainty created by a heat wave and another Russian attack on Ukraine’s crop terminals. Several crop terminals at the Izmail port on the Danube were damaged overnight, curbing its export capacity by 15%, according to Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov.

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