- A Ukrainian grain ship left Odesa for Lebanon yesterday, marking the first (legal) grain exports from Ukraine since the war began five months ago. Under the terms of the UN-brokered deal to allow grain exports, Russia and Ukraine will jointly inspect the ship in Istanbul. More shipments are due to follow.
- The NYT elaborated on Pres. Zelensky's evacuation order for Donetsk: it's the first broad evacuation order the Ukrainian government has issued, and was motivated not by immediate danger, but by concern that Russian bombardment of key infrastructure has made the region unlivable in winter.
- The International Committee of the Red Cross says pro-Russian officials still haven't allowed its aid workers access to theprison in Olenivka that Ukraine and Russia both say the other bombed. Many of the Ukrainian prisoners of war killed in the attack had surrendered at the Mariupol steel plant and were hailed as national heroes, so Russia's account that Ukraine bombed the prison to prevent them from (re-)surrendering seems dubious.
- U.S. Speaker of the House Pelosi set off on a trip to Asia over the weekend, and there's speculation she'll visit Taiwan - although Taiwan wasn't explicitly mentioned on her itinerary. China has warned it will "not sit idly by" if she does recognize Taiwan with a visit.
- The Chinese Manned Space Agency dodged a bullet - or rather, dodged a rocket booster - when debris from its Long March 5B rocket plopped safely into the Sulu Sea. Watchers had worried that the debris would fall on a populated area, although the chances of that happening were slim.
- UN peacekeepers opened fire at a border post in Beni, killing at least two people. Details are murky, but it sounds like the men they fired on were border police who - for some reason - had blocked them from crossing from Uganda back into DRC.