More than 14 million people are on the brink of starvation in the Horn of Africa, according to relief groups, and nearly 40 million people are at imminent risk of famine this year, according to the World Food Program, a United Nations agency. Aid organizations have also warned that diverting aid from African populations in favor of Ukrainian refugees will only make things worse on the continent.
Russia-Ukraine War: Key Developments
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On the ground. Ukraine said it was making progress in its counterattack in the south of the country and had regained some ground outside the Russian-occupied city of Kherson. Ukrainian troops pushed Russian soldiers back in street battles in the city of Sievierodonetsk, indicating that fighting there continued.
In West Africa, one of the most visible effects of the war so far has been on bread prices that were already on the rise. In Burkina Faso, bakers went on strike last month after the government shuttered bakeries that had raised the price of a baguette. In the Ivory Coast, bakers have decreased the size of the baguette in the face of soaring wheat costs.
The African Union has vowed to maintain a neutral position on the war, but African countries have been divided over it: 19 of the continent’s 54 countries have not condemned the invasion by Russia, which is the continent’s largest arms supplier.
For months, African leaders also shunned President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine, who asked at least twice to address the African Union. Mr. Sall said Thursday that Mr. Zelensky could soon address the organization in a videoconference, although no date has been announced.