A survey in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine shows that 700,000 people, many of them subsistence farmers, face food insecurity. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization aims to scale up food aid by providing seed, fodder and farming equipment.
In a DW interview, Kurt Volker pledges that Washington will not strike a separate deal with Moscow over the heads of Europeans and Ukrainians - but says it is good that all agree the current situation must improve.
The US Secretary of State has called on Russia to honor the 2015 Minsk accord, which calls for a ceasefire in Ukraine. Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine's president, hailed the visit as a strong showing of Washington's support.
After a prolonged drought, incessant rains in most parts of Zimbabwe had raised hope that food shortages would be eased. But an outbreak of armyworms may be making the situation worse.
Russia's power in the Syria conflict has been overestimated. The danger Moscow poses for Ukraine and Europe, however, has been underestimated. But the two issues are related, write's DW's Ingo Mannteufel.
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