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Sunday, 27 February 2022

Last Night’s Talk Shows: It’s all about Russia’s war in Ukraine

The Russia-Ukraine conflict dominated our airwaves this weekend. At the top of the agenda were reassurances on our wheat supplies: Egypt has sufficient wheat reserves to last until the end of 2022, Internal Trade Development Authority head Ibrahim Ashmawy said in a phone call with Al Hekaya (watch, runtime 1:01). Russia and Ukraine together supply around 80% of our wheat imports, leading to fears that the war between the two countries could threaten supply. We have more on the story in this morning’s Commodities section, above.

Around 6k Egyptians live in Ukraine, including almost 4k students, whose evacuation is being prioritized, Emigration Minister Nabila Makram told Hadith Al Kahera (watch, runtime 11:10). Around 1.1k Egyptians have fled or are in the process of fleeing Ukraine to Romania, while some 120 students are making their way to or have already arrived in Poland, Makram told Ala Mas’ouleety’s Ahmed Moussa (watch, runtime 4:34). An operations room has been set up to communicate with Egyptians in Ukraine, Makram told Al Hayah Al Youm’s Lobna Assal (watch, runtime 7:48). She also shared how to communicate with the Egyptian Embassy in Kyiv to ensure a safe exit from Ukraine in a phone-in with Al Hekaya (watch, runtime 11:41).

The talking heads also gave us a wider rundown of events in Ukraine: A political expert based in Ukraine talked Kelma Akhira’s Lamees El Hadidi through the latest developments on the ground (watch, runtime 9:09 ), while Amr Adib broke down the situation for the audience of Al Hekaya (watch, runtime 24:13).

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