Early on the morning of February 24th, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on state television that Russia will carry out a 'special military operation' in eastern Ukraine.
Moscow claims the 'operation' is aimed at 'denazification and demilitarization' of Ukrainian territory at the request of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk 'people's republics', and is based on the right to self-defence. Russia also says that it does not attack the civilian population.
But, the fact is, Russian armed forces have killed innocent people, including children and the elderly. Russia deliberately targets civilian infrastructure and falsely claims that it is Ukraine's army that puts people's lives at risk.
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During the day, the Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled Russian attacks in the Donetsk region near Soledar, Mayorsk, Kurdiumivka, Zaitseve, Bakhmut, Bakhmutske, Vyiimka, Spirne, Pervomaiske and Kamyanka, according to the General Staff. The Ukrainian army destroyed a Russian Su-25 aircraft, 5 UAVs of various types, hit 5 command centres, up to 15 areas of concentration of personnel and equipment of the Russian Federation, 2 air defense positions and 3 warehouses with ammunition.
Since the beginning of the counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Kharkiv region, 454 settlements have been liberated, Deputy Head of the Office of the President Kyrylo Tymoshenko said.
The upper house of the Russian parliament may consider draft laws on the annexation of the occupied territories of Ukraine to the Russian Federation at a meeting on October 4, Russian "Interfax" reports. The EU does not recognize the results of the "referendums" that Russia organized in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, and all those involved in them will bear responsibility. This was stated by the Deputy Director of the European External Action Service for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Luc-Pierre Devin.
About 800 Azov servicemen remain in Russian captivity, more than 40 of which are women, among them are pregnant women. Almost 90% of the Azov prisoners released from captivity were found to have an extreme stage of anorexia and striking moral and psychological exhaustion, the Azov regiment reported.
French investigators have arrived in Ukraine to investigate the events in Izyum, the French Foreign Ministry reported. Currently, it is not known how long the French investigators will work in Ukraine, and when to expect the conclusions of their work.
In Belarus, an inspection of the railway infrastructure is being carried out, which may indicate preparations for the reception of military echelons from the Russian Federation. This is written by the "Belaruski Hayun" monitoring group. It is noted that the community of railway workers in Belarus reported that inspection of loading points at railway stations, preparation of car approaches to loading and unloading points, development of schedules for the movement of military echelons is being carried out.
9 bulkers with grain for Africa, Asia and Europe left the ports of Odesa, the Administration of Sea Ports of Ukraine reported. Since August 1, when the "grain agreement" came into effect, 231 ships left the ports of the Odesa region. 5.29 million tons of agricultural products were sent for export.
Ukraine has agreed to start work on a new special program with the International Monetary Fund, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said. Ukraine is expected to receive a total of $2.8 billion from the Fund this year.
The New Zealand government has expanded sanctions against Russia. The country's foreign minister, Nanaia Mahuta, announced that 19 new "members of Putin's inner circle" would be subject to financial sanctions and travel restrictions. Earlier, New Zealand member of parliament and opposition leader Christopher Luxon said that the Russian ambassador should also be expelled from the country.
During the seven months of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, 17 journalists and media workers, including bloggers, were killed. This is stated in the report of the UN Monitoring Mission on Human Rights in Ukraine.
Ukraine terminated the air service agreement with Syria, which had been in effect since 1993.
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Ukraine presented to 30 partner states the project of the tribunal regarding Russia's war crimes committed against Ukraine, President Zelenskyy said. The difficulty of holding Russia accountable for this crime is that the existing international legal instruments are not sufficient. That is why the Special International Tribunal is needed.
In the morning, the anti-aircraft defense of the Naval Forces of Ukraine destroyed three of the three Shahed-136 kamikaze drones that attacked the Mykolaiv region. The Russian army fired an X-59 missile at the airport in Kryvyi Rih. It was destroyed. No people were injured, said the head of OVA Reznichenko. The Russian Federation also attacked Zaporizhzhia, shelled the Kharkiv region, in particular, attacked the city of Pervomaiskyi with rockets. 8 civilians died there, including a teenage girl. On the night of September 27, the Russian army fired almost 90 shells in the Nikopol district of the Dnipropetrovsk region.
Shelling and fighting continue in Donbas. During the day, the Russians shelled more than 50 settlements, the General Staff reported. There remains the threat of air and missile strikes on the entire territory of Ukraine. Thus, during the day, the Russian army carried out 9 missile and 22 air strikes, carried out more than 90 attacks from multiple rocket launchers.
The US Congress agreed to provide financial assistance to Ukraine in the amount of about 12 billion dollars.
Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to address both houses of the Russian Parliament on Friday, September 30. There is a real possibility that Putin will use his address to officially announce the annexation of the occupied regions of Ukraine to the Russian Federation, according to British intelligence. The fake referendums currently being held in Donbas, as well as in the temporarily occupied territories of the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions of Ukraine, are scheduled to end on September 27.
The Russian occupying forces completely blocked the exit from the occupied territories of the Kherson region. And in Luhansk region, the occupiers announced the partial mobilization of medical workers, the head of the regional administration, Serhiy Gaidai, said.
The partial mobilization announced by President Putin continues in the Russian Federation. It became a challenge for the authorities, according to a report by the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW). Russian state media began to acknowledge complaints about ongoing problems with the mobilization process, analysts noted. They mostly blame the allegedly unmotivated and careless workers at the army recruitment points.
To leave the country after the announcement of "partial mobilization", Russians are ready to pay from 20,000 to 25,000 pounds (that's about 21,000 to 27,000 dollars) for a seat on a private plane. This is reported by The Guardian. First of all, we are talking about flights to countries that do not require visas. These are Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey. Yevgeny Bykov, a representative of the Vash Charter company, said: "The situation is absolutely crazy now. We received 50 requests a day, now there are about 5,000 of them."
The Maritime Administration of Sweden warned of two leaks on the Nord Stream-1 gas pipeline in the waters of Sweden and Denmark, writes Reuters. The day before, it became known about the leak on "North Stream-2", the launch of which was blocked after the full-scale invasion of Russia into Ukraine.
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The US Congress is allocating $12 billion in aid to Ukraine, Reuters reports citing its own sources. Earlier this month, Joseph Biden asked Congress for $11.7 billion in new emergency military and economic aid to Ukraine. Also, the US will allocate an additional $457.5 million to help Ukrainian law enforcement agencies and criminal justice agencies, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said.
In Donetsk region, the Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled attacks by the Russian Federation in the areas of the settlements of Spirne, Soledar, Pidgorodne, Bakhmut, Mayorsk, Kamianka, Pobyeda, and Pavlivka. Also, the Ukrainian aviation carried out about 20 strikes on Russian positions and missile forces and artillery hit 3 control points of the Russian Federation, 5 areas of concentration of manpower and equipment of the occupiers, 1 position of anti-aircraft missile systems, 2 units of missile forces and artillery, 3 warehouses with ammunition.
The commanders of the Mariupol garrison undergo a medical examination in Turkey and are able to call their relatives. However, the date of their meeting with the families has not yet been set, said Tetyana Kharko, the acting sister of the commander of the 36th brigade Serhiy "Volyn" Volynskyi. On September 21, Ukraine returned 215 military personnel from Russian captivity. 108 of them are "Azov" fighters. Five commanders ended up in Turkey. According to the agreements, they will remain under Erdogan's protectorate until the end of the war.
Kazakhstan does not recognize the possible annexation of four regions of Ukraine by Russia after holding pseudo-referendums in the temporarily occupied territories. This was reported by Reuters with reference to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan.
At the Verkhniy Lars checkpoint on the border between Russia and Georgia, an armored personnel carrier with Russian military personnel appeared from the Russian side and are about to set up a checkpoint. This is reported by the Georgian information portal "News of Georgia". According to their information, there is panic in the queue to enter Georgia, and rumors are spreading rapidly that the border guards will check men trying to leave Russia in order to avoid being mobilized. The Russian mass media, citing their sources in the FSB, write that the armored personnel carrier was placed in case people in line decide to break through the border.
Poland has closed entry for Russian citizens through air and sea checkpoints, the State Border Service of Ukraine reports. Citizens of the Russian Federation will not be able to enter the country for tourist, business or cultural purposes. Despite this, those Russians who arrive for humanitarian purposes, as well as dissidents, holders of residence permits, participants in the transportation of goods and members of diplomatic missions will be able to enter Poland.
The International Nuclear Energy Agency has started negotiations on the creation of a nuclear safety zone at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. This was reported in Energoatom with reference to the director of the IAEA, Raphael Grossi.
Lithuania handed over 50 M113 armored personnel carriers to Ukraine, the country's Defense Minister Arvydas Anushauskas said.
The Russian Federation is preparing cyber attacks on the critical infrastructure of Ukraine and its allies, primarily Poland and the Baltic states, the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine says. First of all, the blow will be directed at enterprises of the energy sector.
Great Britain introduced new sanctions against Russia due to Russia's holding of pseudo-referendums in temporarily occupied Ukrainian territories. The sanctioned list includes 92 individuals and legal entities. Among them are 33 Russian officials whom the Kremlin sent to the captured territories, as well as local collaborators. The sanctions package also includes 55 managers of Russian state companies, in particular, members of the board of Gazprombank, Sberbank and Sovkombank.
In September 2022, Ukraine liberated almost the entire Kharkiv region from Russian troops. For 80% of Ukrainians, the successes of the Ukrainian army are a joint result of the actions of Ukraine and Ukrainians and the support of the West. These are the results of a survey conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology.
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The Russian military attacked Odesa oblast with kamikaze drones during the night. One drone was destroyed by the air defence and another two hit military infrastructure. Local soldiers were evacuated due to the detonated ammunition and fire. According to the current reports, no one has been injured—operational command South.
During the night, the Russian military launched rocket attacks on Zaporizhzhia and a nearby village. At about 5 am Russian troops shelled Mykolaiv. No casualties have been reported so far. On the night of September 26, Russian troops fired about 130 MLRS and heavy artillery shells at the Nikopol district of the Dnipropetrovsk region.
Russians tried to attack in Kherson oblast but had to retreat. Fighting and shelling continue in Donbas. During the day, the Russian army carried out 5 missile and 12 air strikes, fired more than 83 MLRS shells, and made 4 drone strikes on civilian infrastructure.
Mobilisation continues in Russia. According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Russian military commissariats now work round the clock. Rostov Oblast, bordering the temporarily occupied Donbas, is closed for entry and exit. Russia is also mobilising people in occupied Crimea and continues to use the sham referendum on annexation in Donbas and the captured parts of Zaporizhzhia and Kherson to find men of combat age.
More than a hundred people were detained yesterday during anti-mobilisation protests in the capital of Dagestan, Makhachkala. Armed security forces and armoured vehicles arrived at the protest sites. Irkutsk resident, 25, who received a conscription notice, opened fire in the military office and injured an enlistment officer.
Mobilisation in Russia will create additional forces; however, they will be ineffective and come with large internal social and political costs, suggests the Institute for the study of war. UK intelligence believes that the Russian military, drafted during the partial mobilization, will be sent to the front line with minimal training.
The United States agreed to transfer NASAMS anti-aircraft missile systems to Ukraine, however, they have not arrived yet, said President's spokesman Nikiforov to Suspilne.
Japan bans the export of chemical weapons-related goods to Russia as part of additional sanctions against Moscow due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The country is also "deeply concerned" about the possible use of nuclear weapons by Russia, stated the Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan Hirokazu Matsuno, according to Reuters.
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In the Kherson region, the Armed Forces of Ukraine destroyed 2 ammunition warehouses and the command centre of Russian troops. In the Zaporizhzhia region, the artillery of the Armed Forces of Ukraine destroyed about 10 units of weapons and military equipment of the enemy in the area of the settlement of Huliaipole, as well as one S-300 air defense system with ammunition storage near the city of Tokmak, the General Staff reports. However, Ukrainian air defense forces shot down an Iranian kamikaze drone "Shahed-136", which the Russian army was trying to use to attack Mykolaiv. This is the seventh shot down kamikaze drone since September 22.
The USA provided Ukraine with NASAMS anti-aircraft missile systems, President Zelenskyi said in an interview with CBS. It is a Norwegian anti-aircraft missile system with an American radar that can fire 72 missiles in 12 seconds and shoot down planes, helicopters and cruise missiles. NASAMS is used by 12 countries of the world, the USA adopted it as one of the types of protection of the White House, and in Latvia deployed that to protect the Baltic region.
Mobilization in Russia. Russian military commissariats have been put on 24-hour duty, reports the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Russia is also proceeding mobilization in the occupied Crimea. Crimean Tatars receive 90% of summons there, says Yevgeny Yaroshenko, an analyst of the KrymSOS organization. Earlier, the occupation administration of Crimea announced that they plan to mobilize 100,000 citizens on the territory of the peninsula.
After the so-called "referendums" on joining the Russian Federation in "DPR", "LPR", the Zaporizhia and Kherson regions, men of mobilization age will be prohibited from leaving Russia. The approximate date of the start of the ban is September 28, reports Russian media "Meduza".
In the Republic of Dagestan, which is part of Russia, protests broke out against the "partial mobilization" announced by the Kremlin. In particular, residents of the village of Endirey blocked the federal highway. Shortly after the start of the action, Russian security forces arrived at the spot. One of them fired several shots into the air. Protests also took place in the capital of the republic, Makhachkala. As Deutsche Welle reports, in general, thousands of people took part in the protests on the territory of the republic.
In the eighth package of EU sanctions against Russia, there will probably be no limits on oil prices. Most likely, there will be sanctions on chemicals, machines, and steel products, reports Radio Liberty's Brussels correspondent Rikard Jozwiak. Earlier it became known that the ministers of foreign affairs of the European Union agreed to prepare new sanctions against Russia and increase the supply of weapons to the Ukrainian troops in response to mobilization in the Russian Federation, announced on September 21 by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Ukraine plans to offer the European Union three areas of support for Ukrainian culture and mass media: protection of objects of Ukrainian national heritage damaged or destroyed by the Russians, support for Ukrainian artists and mass media, because the advertising market has shrunk a lot, said Oleksandr Tkachenko, Minister of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy topped the list of the 50 most influential Jews in the world in 2022 by The Jerusalem Post. The President of Ukraine was ahead of Prime Minister of Israel Yair Lapid, who took second place in the rating, and Prime Minister of France Elizabeth Bourne, who was in third place. The US Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides and former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are also in the top five of the list.
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Odesa was attacked by kamikaze drones and hit the administration building in the center of the city three times. The rescue operation and fire extinguishing are ongoing.
At night, the Russian army shelled Mykolaiv: residential buildings were damaged, there is a connection to the water supply network, the mayor Sienkevych said.
The Russian military fired about 170 shells from "Grady" and barrel artillery at three communities of the Nikopol district in the Dnipropetrovsk region. Almost 7 thousand people were left without electricity.
Today is the third day of so-called "referendum" on joining the Russian Federation in the occupied territories of Donbas, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions.
The Russian state agency TASS reported that Ukrainian servicemen in Olenivtsi, who are registered in the Donetsk region, allegedly "took part in referendums." The adviser to the head of the OP Podolyak stated: "They can be forced to engage in propaganda, but they are still heroes for Ukraine."
Ukraine has sent a request about the timing of the UN Security Council regarding Russia's fictitious referendums in the occupied territories, said the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nikolenko. He added that the Russian Federation should bear responsibility for attempts to change the internationally recognized borders of Ukraine in violation of the UN Charter.
The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) suggests that Russia may be preparing for the forced mobilization of Ukrainian servicemen, which would violate the Geneva Convention.
British intelligence suggests that the mobilization in the Russian Federation can be used to strengthen units of the Russian Guard, which is now specifically helping to hold "referendums."
The Netherlands does not deport Russian men who left the Russian Federation due to the announcement of partial mobilization there. This was announced by the State Secretary of the Netherlands, Van der Burgh. Earlier, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia declared that they do not allow Russians to cross the border. And the German authorities promised that they would let Russians into the country's territory.
Ukraine calls on all nuclear powers countries to express their views on the inadmissibility of the Russian Federation's statements about their possible use of nuclear weapons, said the head of the Foreign Ministry, Kuleba.
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Pseudo-republics of "LPR" and "DPR" and representatives of occupation administrations in Kherson and Zaporizhzhia oblasts continue the sham referendums on joining the Russian Federation.
U.S. President Joe Biden stated that America will never recognise the results of the fake referendums in the occupied territories of Ukraine and their annexation by Russia.
Turkey will not recognize the results of Russian pseudo-referendums, stated President's Spokesman İbrahim Kalın according to CNN Türk. "We do not consider these one-way referendums to be correct. We did not recognise the 2014 Crimean referendum and its results and our position on such referendums is clear."
Over the past 24 hours, Russians carried out 5 missile strikes and 14 air strikes and fired more than 60 MLRS shells at military and civilian objects in Ukraine. 60 settlements were shelled.
In Zaporizhzhia, Russians hit a residential building with a rocket. One person was killed and another eight residents were injured. In the morning, communities in Dnipropetrovsk oblast were attacked with Grad MLRS. Russians shelled settlements near the border in Kharkiv oblast. Continuous shelling and fighting continue in Donbas.
The Russian army continues to attack Ukrainian dams and respond to the offensive of Ukrainian troops. On September 21 and 22, Russia struck a dam in the Kharkiv region on the Siversky Donets River, using short-range ballistic missiles or similar weapons. This happened after the attacks on a dam in central Ukraine near Kryvyi Rih. Ukrainian forces are advancing further downstream along both rivers.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine deprived the Iranian Ambassador of accreditation and will "significantly reduce" the number of diplomats at the Iranian Embassy in Kyiv. This decision was made in response to the supply of Iranian weapons to Russia to be used in the war against Ukraine. In just 24 hours, the Air Force of the Armed Forces shot down six Iranian kamikaze drones launched by Russia.
In the Odesa region, kamikaze drones launched from the direction of the Black Sea destroyed the administrative building in the port area, killed two people, and injured two others.
Oleksii Makeyev was appointed Ambassador of Ukraine to Germany. He replaced Andrii Melnyk, who had been an ambassador for almost 8 years. Makeyev was a special representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine on sanctions policy and a member of the international expert group of Yermak-McFaul.
The Bundestag did not support transferring tanks to Ukraine. At the same time, Germany is preparing a new military aid package, which includes six Gepard anti-aircraft self-propelled units.
The President of Ukraine Zelensky called on the Ukrainians mobilised in the occupied territories to move to Ukrainian positions at the earliest opportunity.
The EU should allow entry to Russian citizens avoiding mobilisation, believes European Council President Charles Michel. He is convinced that the EU should “be open to those who do not want the Kremlin to use them for its purposes.” Finland, on the contrary, plans to completely ban tourist trips for Russians.
According to American officials, in recent weeks, Russian President Vladimir Putin has become more directly involved in the strategic planning of the war in Ukraine, in particular, rejecting the request of his commanders to allow the retreat of Russian troops from Kherson—The New York Times
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So-called 'referendums' for joining Russian Federation have started in the occupied territories of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia regions. In the so-called "L/DPR" people will be asked: "Do you want to join Russia?". And in the captured parts of Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions: "Do you support withdrawal from Ukraine, creating an independent state and joining the Russian Federation?". The results of the so-called "referendums" will be announced by the invading administrations on September 27-28.
Law enforcement and intelligence agencies of Ukraine, as well as the Ministry for the Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories, have full information on the organisers and executives of pseudo-referendums in the temporarily occupied territories. The Ministry stresses that collaborative or separatist activities during the full-scale invasion could lead to a prison sentence of up to 15 years.
President Volodymyr Zelensky encouraged Russians to protest, fight or surrender to Ukrainian captivity after the mobilisation has started in Russia.
In total, during the war, Ukraine returned 802 citizens via a prisoner exchange. The twentieth exchange took place on September 21, returning 215 Ukrainians, 200 of whom were exchanged directly for Putin's daughter's godfather, ex-leader of a pro-Russian party Viktor Medvedchuk. According to intelligence, FSB was especially after him as Medvedchuk provided a link to financing certain officials and intelligence networks.
According to UK intelligence, fighting continues in the Donetsk region, as Ukrainian troops attack Lyman east of the Siversky Donets River, which Russia occupied in May.
In the past day, the armed forces of the Russian Federation carried out 4 missile strikes and 27 airstrikes and fired more than 75 MLRS shells at military and civilian objects in Ukraine—the General Staff. On the night of September 23, the Russian army shelled Dnipropetrovsk oblast, bombed Donetsk oblast, and shelled houses and infrastructure in Zaporizhzhia oblast attacking more than 45 settlements in total.
Ukrainian military in Mykolaiv oblast destroyed four Shahed-136 Iranian-made kamikaze drones used by the Russian army—AFU Air Force Command spokesman Yurii Ihnat.
Ukraine has restricted international travel to male students of foreign universities. Previously, students who were studying abroad before February 24 were allowed to travel outside Ukraine to continue their studies. However, the permit was withdrawn due to the mass forgery of documents.
The Czech Republic is against giving humanitarian visas to Russians fleeing the mobilisation declared by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Some Baltic countries have also announced that they will not grant asylum to Russians fleeing from mobilisation. At the same time, Germany declared its readiness to provide asylum and international protection to defectors from the Russian army, who are threatened with repression in the Russian Federation by the Putin regime.
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During the day, Ukrainian aviation struck ten areas of Russian military and equipment concentration and two positions of anti-aircraft missile systems of the Russian Federation, the General Staff reports.Units of the Defense Forces of Ukraine repelled Russian attacks in the areas of Kupyansk, Zaitseve and Novomykhailivka settlements.
The classified clause of the decree on mobilization allows the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation to call up one million people for military service, instead of 300,000, as previously reported in the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, writes the Russian edition "Novaya Gazeta. Europe" with reference to a source in the Administration of the President of Russia. "The number was corrected several times, and at the end, they stopped at one million," the source howled. The press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmytro Peskov denied this information.
The special operation regarding the exchange of prisoners from Azovstal was being prepared in 4 countries, said Andriy Yermak, the head of the President's Office. According to him, in addition to Ukraine, Poland, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey were included in it. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres also participated in the exchange.
All Ukrainians released from captivity on September 21 are in different conditions. Some of them were tortured. In addition, captured military personnel were held in many different institutions, the head of Ukrainian intelligence, Kyrylo Budanov, said. Head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Denys Monastyrskyi, said that most of those released from captivity have already met their relatives, some of them are in hospital in Chernihiv.
Five British soldiers, who were held captive in the "DPR" and were released during the exchange of prisoners of war on September 21, arrived at London's Heathrow Airport and have already met their families. This is reported by The Guardian.
During the war, Ukraine returned 802 citizens through exchange. There were 20 exchanges in total, said Vasyl Malyuk, acting head of the SBU.
The "DPR" plans to involve children aged 13 to 17 to participate in the "referendum" on joining Russia, the Security Service of Ukraine reports. The department added that the occupiers are recruiting children in order to artificially increase the lack of "votes".
The International Financial Corporation, which is part of the structure of the World Bank, allocated 30 million dollars for investments in Ukraine and Moldova. This money will be invested in fast-growing technologies as well as in export-oriented companies of both countries.
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Ukraine has released 215 Ukrainian military from Russian captivity, 108 Azov fighters among them. By the exchange agreement, five officers, including the commander of the Azov regiment Denys Prokopenko, 36th Marine Brigade commander Serhii Volynsky and others, will stay in Turkey until the end of the war "under the personal protection of President Erdogan," said Zelensky. The military is guaranteed the opportunity to see their families. Other fighters already arrived in Ukraine, a pregnant medic among them.
Ten foreigners who fought on the Ukrainian side, including citizens of the United States, Britain, Morocco, Sweden, and Croatia, were also released. They are returning to their countries with the mediation of Saudi Arabia. British citizens Shawn Pinner and Aiden Aslin and Moroccan citizen Brahim Saadoune, previously sentenced to execution by the illegitimate Donetsk Republic's militants, are also released.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken welcomed the prisoner exchange between Ukraine and Russia, which includes two U.S. citizens captured while serving in the Ukrainian military.
As part of the exchange, Ukraine handed over to the Russian Federation Viktor Medvedchuk and 55 Russian captives. The pro-Russian politician and Putin's daughter's godfather Medvedchuk is accused of treason in Ukraine. The head of the Security Service assured that the investigation is completed, and the criminal case can go on even if Medvedchuk was transferred to the Russian Federation.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said: "We could exchange Medvedchuk for only one of our Azov heroes, and the fact that we returned so many of them is, indeed, something, pardon me, to drink to today."
During the past day, the Russian military carried out 8 missile strikes and 16 air strikes and fired 115 MLRS shells on the territory of Ukraine—the General Staff.
The Russian army attacked the Dnipropetrovsk region during the night and hit Zaporizhzhia city centre on the morning of September 22. The missile destroyed a hotel trapping people under the rubble. One fatality has been confirmed, and five more were wounded.
Anti-mobilization rallies were held in Russia following President's Putin announcement. According to the Russian media, the security forces have already detained more than 1,300 Russian protesters.
Russia has exhausted its supply of volunteers who want to fight in Ukraine, thus the mobilisation was announced, believes UK intelligence. There is an indication that partial mobilisation is likely to be extremely unpopular among part of the Russian population.
EU foreign ministers agreed to prepare new sanctions against Russia after Vladimir Putin announced the first mobilisation since World War II—EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell. This will be the eighth package of sanctions.
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The Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled enemy attacks in Kharkiv region and Donbas in the areas of Kupyansk, Vesele, Zaitseve, Kurdyumivka, and Bakhmutske settlements. Ukrainian aviation made 32 strikes against Russian positions. It has been confirmed that 17 areas of concentration of manpower and military equipment of the enemy, 4 strongholds, 10 positions of anti-aircraft missile systems and one warehouse with ammunition have been damaged, the General Staff reports.
On September 21, the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, signed a decree on partial mobilization in Russia. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that 300,000 reservists will be called up during the mobilization.
During the 77th session of the UN General Assembly, Joe Biden condemned Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, accused it of the global food crisis and of spreading lies about Western sanctions against the background of the war in Ukraine. "President Putin has made open nuclear threats against Europe and reckless disregard for the obligations of the non-proliferation (nuclear weapons — ed.) regime. Now Russia has announced mobilization and the Kremlin is organizing a sham referendum to try to annex parts of Ukraine — an extremely significant violation of the Charter UN," said Biden.
Russian President Vladimir Putin threatens to use nuclear weapons again. There are fears that Russia may use the so-called referendums on Ukrainian territory as an excuse to declare Ukrainian counterattacks an attack on Russia itself, said John Kirby, a spokesman for the US National Security Council. "We always have to take this kind of rhetoric seriously. It's not like what he's been saying for the past seven months. We've taken it seriously," he added.
British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said the partial mobilization announced in Russia is a sign that Russian President Vladimir Putin recognizes that "his invasion is failing." "He, together with the Minister of Defense, sent tens of thousands of his citizens to their deaths, poorly equipped and poorly managed. No amount of threats and propaganda can hide the fact that Ukraine is now winning the war," he added.
Despite the announcement of a partial mobilization in the Russian Federation, Putin has already been conducting mobilization in his country for the entire last month. This means that he has problems with military personnel. The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, stated this in an interview with Bild.
The bodies of 320 civilians and 18 servicemen of the Armed Forces have already been exhumed at the cemetery in Izyum, which was formed during the occupation of the city by the Russian army. Such figures were given by the prosecutor of the Kharkiv region, Oleksandr Filchakov, on the evening of September 21. According to him, 445 graves were discovered in the cemetery, in some of them 2 to 4 people were buried at the same time.
The European Commission has started discussing a new package of sanctions against the Russian Federation. Rikard Jozvyak, the editor of Radio Svoboda, said: "It can potentially be presented to the member states next week. The focus is likely to be on oil production curbs and G7 lists."
Speaking to the faithful in St. Peter's Square in the Vatican during his weekly general audience, the Pope called hints of nuclear weapons "madness": "This tragic war brings us to the fact that what some people think about nuclear weapons is madness."
After the President of the Russian Federation announced a partial mobilization in the morning, Russians bought up all airline tickets from Moscow to Minsk, Istanbul and Yerevan, and ticket prices rose sharply.
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On the morning of September 21, the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, announced a partial mobilization in Russia. He informed that the decree has already been signed and mobilization begins on September 21. He said that Russia will support the so-called "referendums" in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, which are scheduled for September 23-27. In addition, the head of the Kremlin said that the Western countries have arranged "nuclear blackmail" of Russia, therefore, in the event of a threat to its territorial integrity, it is ready to "use all available means."
During the partial mobilization, 300,000 reservists will be called up, Russian Defense Minister Serhiy Shoigu said. He also said that during this time, Russia lost 5,937 servicemen in the war on the territory of Ukraine. According to the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, as of the morning of September 21, Russia's total combat losses since the start of the full-scale offensive on Ukraine on February 24 amounted to about 55,110 servicemen. The Russians lost about 300 servicemen in a day.
Mobilization in Russia is a tragedy for the Russian people and recognition of the incapacity of the professional army of the Russian Federation, said the spokesman of the president Serhii Nikiforov.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's announcement of a partial mobilization in Russia amid the war against Ukraine is a worrying escalation, British Foreign Secretary Gillian Keegan told Sky News. She added that Ukraine is moving forward, liberating territories previously occupied by the Russians. In her opinion, Putin's threats should be taken seriously. Keegan called blackmailing Putin with nuclear weapons as an obvious escalation.
Latvia will not issue humanitarian visas to Russians who want to leave the country to avoid the mobilization announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rynkevich said. Also, the country will not change the border crossing restrictions for Russian citizens with Schengen visas, introduced on September 19.
During the day, the Russian military carried out 8 missile and 35 air strikes, carried out more than 120 attacks from rocket salvo systems on objects on the territory of Ukraine, the General Staff reported.
At night, the Russian military shelled the Kholodnohirsky district of Kharkiv — they hit a high-rise building. Rescuers unblocked 10 people, including one injured person.
Nikopol in the Dnipropetrovsk region was shelled twice overnight - 30 Russian shells landed there. A 56-year-old man was injured. The Russian army also shelled the Zaporizhzhia NPP — the communication equipment of the sixth power unit was damaged. On September 20, in Donetsk region, six people were killed and another 20 people were injured as a result of shelling by Russian troops.
The UN recorded 5,916 civilian deaths as a result of the Russian invasion, of which 379 were children. According to the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, 391 children have died since the beginning of the full-scale invasion.
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The occupying "authorities" of the temporarily occupied Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia regions of Ukraine will hold "referendums" on joining the Russian Federation on September 23-27. The Chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, Vyacheslav Volodin, emphasized that the State Duma will support the "free expression of will" of the residents of the "DPR" and "LPR" to join Russia. The press secretary of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi, Serhii Nikiforov, said that the holding of the so-called "referendums" will not affect the position of the president in any way, but it will close any diplomatic way to resolve the military conflict between Ukraine and Russia.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated that fictitious referendums have no legitimacy and do not change the nature of Russia's aggressive war against Ukraine. Also, Federal Chancellor of Germany Olaf Scholz stated that Germany will not recognize "referendums" on the Ukrainian territories occupied by the Russian Federation.
Russia is withdrawing a paratrooper regiment from Syria in order to transfer it to Ukraine, the General Staff reports. Due to the terrorist actions of the Russian troops, the infrastructure of more than 20 settlements of Ukraine was damaged during the day. Among them: Slovyansk, Siversk, Soledar, Bakhmut, Vuhledar, Stepne, Nikopol and Ochakiv.
The State Duma of the Russian Federation adopted a draft law with amendments to the Criminal Code, which introduce liability for desertion and surrender. According to the new law, refusal to participate in military operations will be punishable by up to 3 years — as a failure to comply with an order. Surrender will also become a criminal act, punishable by up to 10 years of imprisonment. 13 Russian anti-war movements urged Russian soldiers not to "die for Putin".
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that, in his opinion, Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to end the war he started in Ukraine. "In Uzbekistan, I met with President Putin, and we had very thorough discussions with him. And he is actually showing me that he is ready to end this (war, — ed.) as soon as possible. That was my impression, because the way it is now things are going on, it's quite problematic; I think a significant step forward will be made," Erdogan said.
The European Union handed the State Border Service thermal imaging equipment for monitoring the border in the amount of almost 500,000 euros.
The Verkhovna Rada passed a law that provides that parents who have a third child born during military service have the right to demobilization. Now the document must be signed by President Volodymyr Zelenskyi.
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At night, the Russian army shelled the Nikopol district in the Dnipropetrovsk region. During the day, Russians attacked settlements in the Kharkiv region. Fierce fighting continues in the Luhansk region. In the Donetsk region, a rocket hit Bakhmut at night. Fighting continues in the Kherson region.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled Russian army's attacks near four settlements, and carried out airstrikes on 24 areas of concentration of servicemen and equipment of the Russian army. In the meantime, Russian troops launched 10 missile attacks and 15 air raids, carried out more than 56 attacks from multiple rocket launcher systems at objects on the territory of Ukraine, the General Staff reported.
Russia still can't manage to establish air superiority over Ukraine. Since the beginning of the war, the Air Defense Forces of Ukraine have shot down about 55 Russian fighter jets. Because of this, Russian planes rarely fly deep into Ukraine, but fire long-range missiles instead, said the commander of the US Air Force in Europe, General James Hecker.
The so-called "public chambers" of "LPR" and "DPR" called for immediate "referendums" to recognize them as subjects of the Russian Federation. The Office of the President stated that this will not be a panacea for the invaders. In the report of the American Institute for the Study of War, it was noted that such calls mean the panic of the puppet regimes against the background of the counteroffensive of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
During four days, the bodies of 146 people who died during the occupation of the city by the Russian military were exhumed in Izium.
Up to 50 women from "Azovstal" are being held captive by Russians, two of them are pregnant. A total of about 50 women are held captive by the Russians. In May, on the order of the top military leadership, about two thousand Ukrainian servicemen surrendered to the Russians from the territory of "Azovstal", 900 of them were fighters of the "Azov" regiment.
Slovenia will transfer 28 M-55S tanks to Ukraine. In exchange for this, the country will receive 40 military transport vehicles from Germany. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Slovenian Prime Minister Robert Holub agreed on this.
The Council of the European Union officially decided to urgently provide Ukraine with additional macro-financial assistance (MFA) in the amount of €5 billion.
Entry restrictions for citizens of the Russian Federation with Schengen tourist visas, regardless of the country in which they were issued, came into effect in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland.
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President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that it may seem to some that after a series of victories on the Ukrainian front, "we have a certain lull." But this is preparation for the next series of "important words that must be heard, because Ukraine must be free - all of it."
On the night of September 19, the Russian army shelled the Mykolaiv region. The missile hit 300 meters from the South Ukraine nuclear power plant. There was a short-term power outage. Windows were damaged in buildings on the territory of the NPP.
In general, during the past 24 hours, during Russian shelling, civilians were injured in the regions of Zaporizhzhia, Kharkiv and Donetsk. There are casualties in the Sumy and Donetsk regions.
In the Kharkiv region, in one of liberated cities, seven Sri Lankan citizens were found, who were held captive by the Russian military. Documents were taken from the prisoners, their nails were pulled out, they were beaten and fed twice a week.
In Svatove, the Luhansk region, there was an explosion in the building of the former bus station, where Russian militaries stayed. About 200 soldiers of the Russian army died.
Over the past day, the aviation of the Defense Forces of Ukraine has carried out 21 strikes — it has been confirmed that 16 locations of Russian military deployments and strongholds, as well as 5 positions of anti-aircraft missile systems, have been hit, the Ukrainian General Staff reported.
Russia has probably lost at least four aircrafts in Ukraine over the past 10 days, the British Ministry of Defense reported, citing British intelligence.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is increasingly betting on irregular volunteer and intermediary forces, rather than on regular units and formations of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, according to analysts of the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW). According to their data, Putin avoided the Russian higher military command and the leadership of the Ministry of Defense all summer, and especially after the defeat in the Kharkiv region, it means that relations between the Kremlin leader and the Russian military leadership are deteriorated.
The situation in the south of Ukraine remains tense, but it is controlled by the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Russian troops are attacking, and the Ukrainian army continues to repulse assaults and strengthen its positions in some areas of the southern front, the spokesman of the Operational Command "South" Vladyslav Nazarov reported. At the same time, ISW believes that Russian troops are trying to carry out a more targeted and controlled withdrawal of forces in the western part of the Kherson region. In this way, Russians are trying to avoid the chaotic fleeing of their troops that took place in the Kharkiv region at the beginning of September.
Ukraine appealed to the Russian Federation, the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross regarding the new shelling of the colony in Olenivka, where Ukrainian prisoners of war and civilian hostages are being held in violation of the Geneva Conventions. Russian media reported that as a result of the shelling, one Ukrainian prisoner of war was killed and four more were wounded.
A plane carrying more than 150 Ukrainian peacekeepers, who performed a peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and will now help the Armed Forces of Ukraine, arrived at Lviv International Airport.
On September 20, first McDonald's restaurants, closed due to the full-scale war across Ukraine, will open in Kyiv. At first, the restaurants will work only for delivery, and the halls, express windows and McDrive will open in October.
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Over the course of a day, the Russian military launched six missile and 28 airstrikes, carried out more than 90 rounds of anti-aircraft fire at military and civilian targets in Ukraine, the General Staff reports.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine destroyed a barge with equipment and accompanying Russian military personnel in the Kherson region, the operational command "South" reports. The Russian army lost 62 soldiers and five units of armored vehicles.
Ukrainian aviation struck 13 areas of concentration of manpower and equipment of the Russian army and three positions of anti-aircraft missile systems. In addition, Ukrainian air defense units shot down five UAVs and a Ka-52 helicopter.
On the night of September 18, Russian troops struck the Nikopol district of the Dnipropetrovsk region three times with Grady and heavy artillery, injuring three people. In Donetsk region on September 17, as a result of Russian shelling, five people were killed and another 18 were injured.
Four doctors were killed during an attempt to evacuate patients of a psychiatric hospital in the village of Strelecha in the Kharkiv region on September 17 — the Russian military opened fire, Oleg Sinegubov, the head of the OVA, said. Two patients were also injured. During the evacuation, 30 out of 600 patients were taken out of the hospital.
According to British intelligence, Russia has increased its targeting of civilian infrastructure, even where it is unlikely to have an immediate military effect, in an attempt to directly undermine the morale of the Ukrainian people and government.
The US-based Institute for the Study of War (ISW) noted that Russian forces continue to prioritize "strategically pointless" offensive operations around Donetsk and Bakhmut instead of defending themselves during Ukrainian counteroffensive operations in the Kharkiv region.
The Czech Republic, which currently chairs the EU Council, called on the European Union to create an international tribunal in the case of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. This happened after the discovery of hundreds of graves in Izyum, recently liberated by Ukrainian troops, the BBC reports.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Russian President Vladimir Putin that now is not the time for war and that it is necessary to "move to the path of peace". Putin told Modi that he was aware of his concerns.
Australia will not ban Russian tourists from entering the country, Defense Minister Richard Marles said. Asked whether Australia would ban Russian tourists from leaving, Marles said the sanctions were aimed at the Russian government "not at the Russians themselves".
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The UN will send a mission to the place of mass burial in Izium in Kharkiv oblast. The exhumation of bodies for further forensic medical examination is in progress. There are over 400 corpses, and most have traces of violent death. Some of them are children. ISW believes that mass burials and Russian torture in the liberated cities of Kharkiv prove that Russians commit war crimes in all occupied territories. The international community is shocked and condemns the massacres of Ukrainians in Izium. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said reports of a mass grave in Izium should revive supporting Ukraine in the liberation of its lands. European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said that the EU will make efforts to punish all those involved in this crime. The head of the Latvian Foreign Ministry Edgars Rinkēvičs said that the mass burial in Izium proves that Russia is a terrorist state.
Over the past day, the Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled attacks near five settlements and hit the locations of the Russian Army units, headquarters, and positions of anti-aircraft missile systems. Over the past 24 hours, the Russians have launched 4 missile attacks, 24 airstrikes and 72 rocket artillery shells.
On the night of August 17, Russian troops shelled the Dnipropetrovsk region with heavy artillery and launched a rocket attack on the village of Tavriiske in the Zaporizhzhia region. A school and a sports club were destroyed as a result of the attack. Also, rockets were fired at Kharkiv: one of them hit an enterprise building and caused a fire. No casualties have been reported.
The invaders in Luhansk oblast increased checks on local residents due to a boost in the Ukrainian partisan movement. Mobile and cable Internet networks have been disconnected according to the head of the Luhansk Oblast Administration Serhii Haidai.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine confirmed the German Bundeswehr plans to provide Ukraine with MARS II multiple launch rocket systems and 50 Dingo armoured vehicles. This was stated by the Minister of Defence of the Federal Republic of Germany Christine Lambrecht at the Bundeswehr conference in Berlin.
Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard will propose to the UN General Assembly a plan to establish a Dialogue and Peace Committee for an immediate stop of hostilities in Ukraine—Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. According to him, the initiative will aim to achieve a truce for at least 5 years "for the sake of peace among all nations".
The head of the National Police of Ukraine, Ihor Klymenko, reported that 10 Russian torture chambers were found in the cities of Vovchansk, Kupyansk, Balaklia and Izium released from the Russian occupation of Kharkiv Region, six of them in Izium. "Approximately 445 burials are known. This is more than one week's work. These bodies have been covered since March," he said.
In Izium, exhumation of bodies at mass burial sites has begun. "The number of dead may exceed the tragedy of Bucha many times over," says Oleg Kotenko, the commissioner for issues of persons missing under special circumstances. More than 400 dead civilians have already been reported, including children. Most of them have traces of violent death. Also in a mass burial after the discovery of mass burials in the city, Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on the world to recognize the Russian Federation as a sponsor of terrorism.
In Kupiansk, Kharkiv Region, the occupiers illegally held 400 people in cells designed for 140, the SBU press service reports. "The illegal prison was confined to the district police department of Kupiansk, where the "command center" of the occupation administration was located during the Russian invasion. In these premises, the Rashists were keeping and abusing local residents who refused to cooperate with them," the report says.
Vladimir Putin stated that the main targeted Russian "military operation" against Ukraine remains unchanged and takes place in the "liberation" of the entire territory of Donbas. In addition, Putin said that he "regrets" the fact that in a Western country "an idea has appeared to use Ukraine for the collapse of Russia."
In Donetsk region, the Ukrainian Armed Forces repelled Russian attacks in the areas of Vesela Dolyna, Bakhmut, Zaitseve, Avdiivka and Novomykhailivka settlements, the General Staff reported. Today, Ukrainian aviation hit 4 areas where the Russian military and military equipment of the Russian army are concentrated and one Russian stronghold.
Russia has placed about 800 military planes and helicopters at airfields near the Ukrainian borders. The press secretary of the Air Force of Ukraine, Yuriy Ignat, will start about this. In total, Russian aviation near Ukraine makes about 200 sorties per day, he added.
The UN General Assembly decided to allow the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky to speak at the week of the high-level session of the UN General Assembly in the format of a video address. 101 participants voted for the decision. Against - 7 (Russia, Cuba, Belarus, Eritrea, North Korea, Nicaragua and Syria). Abstained — 19. The general debate of the week in the UN General Assembly will be held on September 20-26.
The military reserves of the Russian Federation are smaller than expected, said the Minister of Defense of Germany, Christine Lambrecht. According to her, Russia was aware of significant losses in Ukraine, and the discovery that Russian forces have a large number of military equipment "does not correspond to reality."
Ukraine is more than 80% prepared for the heating season, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said. According to him, the state is already storing the amount of energy carriers, and the government has allocated 1.4 billion hryvnias to prepare for emergency situations.
At least 39 media workers became victims of the Russian Federation's full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Two more are considered missing, reports the National Union of Journalists.
In two months, more than 50% of Ukrainian schools were equipped with protective shelters, said Minister of Education and Science Serhiy Shkarlet. It is noted that for the next year, a subvention in the amount of UAH 1.5 billion is planned in the budget for the arrangement of special buildings or shelters in schools.
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A mass burial site was discovered in liberated Izium, Kharkiv region. In total, ten Russian torture chambers were found in the liberated cities of Kharkiv oblast, six of them in Izium. The National Police reported that 445 graves have been discovered so far.
The US Treasury Department has imposed sanctions on 22 people who support Russia's war against Ukraine, in particular, the head of Chechnya Kadyrov and his close relatives.
The IAEA requires Russia to cease all actions at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant and at any other nuclear facility in Ukraine.
The water level in the Ingulets River has dropped and continues to fall after the Russian missile damaged the dam. Russia launched seven cruise missiles at the city on September 14, which caused the rising of Ingulets and partial flooding of more than a hundred residential buildings.
Russia continues to shell the Ukrainian infrastructure and hit hydraulic structures in Kryvyi Rih again on September 15. An infrastructure object in the Kirovohrad region was also shelled. Four people, including two children, were wounded in a Russian strike on Kharkiv during the night. Over the past 24 hours, the Russian troops have launched 11 missile attacks and 15 air strikes and fired 96 MLRS shells at various Ukrainian objects—the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
A powerful explosion occurred in the Russian-occupied Kherson on the afternoon of August 16. Another explosion occurred near the Prosecutor General's Office in Luhansk, which was captured by the Russians in 2014.
The National Anti-Corruption Bureau is looking for MP Andrii Derkach. He is suspected of state treason and illegal enrichment, according to the report. According to the investigation, over the past two years, the MP received at least 567,000 USD from the Russian Federation for "subversive activities" against Ukraine.
Russian officials and bloggers are increasingly blaming the Russian Defence Ministry for Russia's failures on the front lines, according to ISW analysts. Analysts also noted that the Russian authorities are intensifying covert mobilization and recruitment of soldiers for the war in Ukraine after the successful Ukrainian counterattack in the Kharkiv region.
From September 19, Latvia is restricting entry for Russian citizens with Schengen visas for security reasons, announced the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs. He also urged Russian troops to get out of Ukraine.
Official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Maria Zakharova said that if the United States decides to supply Ukraine with long-range missiles, Washington will cross the red line and become a direct party to the conflict. The spokesman for the U.S. Department of State Ned Price responded that the United States of America is sending weapons to Ukraine only to protect its territory from the Russian invasion.
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As of September 14, almost all Kharkiv oblast was liberated from the Russian military. Almost 400 settlements were deoccupied, said President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky in an appeal to the nation.
Since September 6, the Armed Forces of Ukraine liberated about 8,500 square kilometres, 388 settlements, and 150,000 people in Kharkiv oblast. UK intelligence believes that part of the Russian troops fled from the Kharkiv region in "obvious panic" under AFU's pressure, as evidenced by the abandoned high-value equipment.
Ukrainian defenders freed the village of Kyselivka in Kherson oblast, and currently, only Chornobaivka separates them from the city of Kherson.
During the past day, Russia launched 27 missile and air strikes on Ukraine and fired 86 rocket artillery shells at military and civilian objects in 30 settlements of Ukraine—the General Staff. Russia has to move the remnants of its troops from Kharkiv to keep the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia.
The Russian army shelled Toretsk in Donbas and destroyed a hospital, including pediatric and surgical departments, and damaged windows in a maternity ward. The nurses were injured in the shelling.
Russia launched a missile attack on the Kryvyi Rih. Dam constructions were damaged, which led to the water level in the Ingulets River rising by 2.5 meters and partially halting the city's water supply. Authorities are evacuating people to safe areas due to the risk of flooding. According to the Head of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Administration Valentyn Reznichenko, Russians struck Kryvyi Rih with Kinzhal and Iskander missiles.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled Russian attacks in eight settlements and launched 12 air strikes on the places of concentration of troops and equipment of the Russian Federation. Air defence units destroyed four Russian aircraft.
About 80 million euros are frozen in Latvian banks due to sanctions against the Russian Federation due to the war in Ukraine. Also, the EU extended individual sanctions for another six months. President Biden's administration is discussing new sanctions against Russia with the US Congress. The proposed sanctions would be similar to declaring the Russian Federation a state sponsor of terrorism.
On 14 September, the European Commission launched a contest within the annual Creative Europe programme for projects supporting Ukrainian culture and allocated five million euros to implement them.
Volodymyr Zelensky was involved in an accident on the evening of September 14. According to his press secretary Serhii Nikiforov, the president was examined by doctors and did not have serious injuries. The driver of the car that caused the accident was handed over to the ambulance doctors.
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In the Donetsk region, the Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled Russian attacks in the areas of Spirne, Soledar, Mayorsk, Zaitseve, Odradivka, Vesela Dolyna, Vodiane, and Novomykhailivka. Over the course of a day, the Ukrainian aviation carried out 11 strikes — six positions and places of concentration of Russian personnel and their equipment, three positions of anti-aircraft missile systems, and one plane were eliminated, the General Staff reports.
In the centre of Izium, liberated from the occupiers in the Kharkiv region, on September 14, military personnel together with representatives of the authorities led by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi raised the flag of Ukraine. "We have to send messages to our people who, unfortunately, are still under occupation. And here is my signal to the people in Crimea: we know that these are our people, and it is a terrible tragedy that they have been under occupation for more than eight years. We will come back. I don't know when exactly. But we have plans, and we will come back, because this is our land and our people," Zelenskyi said.
The strategy behind Ukraine's rapid military gains began to take shape several months ago during a series of intense talks between Ukrainian and American officials. This was reported by The New York Times, citing data from American officials. During August, at the request of the Ukrainians, US officials intensified the provision of intelligence on the position of Russian troops, highlighting weak points in the Russian lines. The intelligence also indicated that it will be difficult for Moscow to quickly strengthen its troops in the northeast of Ukraine or transfer troops from the south, the publication writes.
At the beginning of the war with Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin could reject a peace agreement with Ukraine recommended by his aide Dmitrii Kozak. Reuters writes about this with reference to its sources. According to Reuters, the Deputy Head of the Administration of the President of the Russian Federation, Dmitrii Kozak, allegedly told Putin at the beginning of the war that he had concluded a temporary agreement with Kyiv. The document seemed to say that Ukraine would remain outside NATO. But Putin, according to Reuters, rejected this offer and continued the campaign. The agency learned about this from three people close to the Russian leadership.
A group of creditor countries, including the United States, postponed Ukraine's debt payments until the end of 2023. This was reported by the US Treasury Department.
The Russian military command is canceling the dispatch of new units to participate in the war against Ukraine due to the mass refusal of personnel to participate in hostilities, reports the Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine. In addition, the Russian Federation is trying to reduce the treatment time of its soldiers in hospitals.
Ukraine has agreed with the European Union on macro-financial assistance in the amount of $8 billion, $5 billion of which will be provided by the end of September, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said. In general, Ukraine will receive $3 billion per month from the EU next year as financial aid, and 12 billion will be provided by the IMF.
Regional commissions have registered three thousand applications for compensation for destroyed houses as a result of the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation in Ukraine, but now it will not be possible to restore all homes. "Funds are being formed for the first wave of housing. 15.8 billion hryvnias will be sent from the funds confiscated from (Russian — edited) Sberbank and Prominvestbank," said Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal.
The Government expects that the weighted average exchange rate of the dollar in 2023 will be around UAH 42/$1 and will fluctuate. As of the end of 2023, the exchange rate may rise to UAH 49/$1. This was announced by Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal.
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For the first time since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine, the Kremlin admitted its defeat in the Kharkiv region, reports the American Institute for the Study of War. Analysts made this conclusion based on the statements made by officials and propagandists of the Russian state media, who widely discuss the reasons for Russia's defeat in Kharkiv. Until now, the Russian Federation has never admitted a defeat. Retreat from Kyiv and Serpent Island in the Black Sea was called "a goodwill gesture" and was explained by prioritising the "liberation" of Donbas.
The Ukrainian military liberated more than 300 settlements in the Kharkiv region during the week of the counterattack. Zelensky reported that the de-occupied area of about 4,000 square kilometres is still being stabilised.
Russian occupation troops continued shelling the border of Chernihiv oblast on September 13. Kharkiv and Dnipropetrovsk oblasts were shelled as well, and attacks continue in Donetsk oblast. Avdiivka suffered massive shelling, and Kramatorsk residential buildings were destroyed by rockets. Positional battles continue for each settlement of the Luhansk oblast. Mykolaiv was also shelled during the night, and at least two people died from the rocket attack.
The consequences of the shelling of Mykolaiv.
According to Ukrainian intelligence, Russian occupiers are trying to strengthen their forces under temporarily occupied Kherson, redeploying additional units there.
The Russian occupation authorities disconnected the mobile internet in Luhansk oblast. Also, the occupiers continue to export looted property to the Russian Federation, as reported by the Head of Luhansk Regional Administration Serhii Haidai.
After the attack on thermal power plants and transmission lines which left the Kharkiv region without electricity for a long time, the government decided to provide the region with 400 million UAH and additional energy generators.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced that she would travel to Kyiv today to meet with President Zelensky. They will discuss introducing Ukraine to the free European roaming zone.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz spoke to Russian President Putin for an hour and a half. German Chancellor stressed that Russia should withdraw its troops from Ukraine and recognise its sovereignty and territorial integrity, otherwise a “diplomatic solution is inconceivable.” Putin spoke to Scholz about "the screaming violations of humanitarian law by the Ukrainian side, the continuous shelling of Donbas and Zaporizhzhia NPP".
The International Monetary Fund has allocated $1.4 billion in additional support to Ukraine.
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The Ukrainian military liberated more than 300 settlements in the Kharkiv region during the week of the counteroffensive, Deputy Minister of Defense Hanna Malyar reported.
Head of the President's Office Andriy Yermak and 12th Secretary General of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen presented recommendations on security guarantees for Ukraine. In particular, the recommendations provide for multi-year stable investments in the defense and industrial base of Ukraine, large-scale transfer of weapons, preventive measures of a military, financial, infrastructural, technical, and information nature to avoid a new encroachment on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. Russia believes that Ukraine's security guarantees are aimed at escalating the war.
Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, Ukrainian hackers have blocked a number of Russian sites. More than 2,400 online resources have been blocked in the last two weeks alone, the General Staff reports.
Russia has turned to the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Tajikistan with a request for the transfer of 220-mm rockets to the Uragan surface-to-air missile defense system. The Russians are also interested in ammunition for the 203-mm Pion self-propelled guns and UTD-20 engines for the BMP-1 and BMP-2, which are stored in large quantities in military warehouses in Tajikistan, reports the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
After the attacks of the Russian Federation on energy infrastructure facilities on September 11 and 12, work on the restoration of electricity supply continues. 820 settlements of Ukraine, a total of about 681,900 consumers, are still without power.
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell called on the European Parliament to continue financial support for Ukraine. In particular, he noted that "soon" Ukraine will be able to receive eight billion euros from the proposed nine-billion-euro aid package from the EU.
Russian military personnel are evacuating their families from Crimea and southern Ukraine, reports the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
Estonian Defense Minister Hanno Pevkur arrived in Kyiv and handed over a mobile hospital to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
The Cabinet of Ministers approved the draft budget for 2023. The projected GDP for 2023 is set at 6,371.3 billion UAH. GDP growth by +2.5% compared to 2022, a projected drop of 33.1%. Inflation +30%. The bill must be adopted by December 1.
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The National Guard of Ukraine confirmed the liberation of Sviatohirsk in Donetsk Oblast. Some settlements in Luhansk oblast were liberated as well, but they cannot be named yet, said the head of the regional administration Haidai. Meanwhile, the entire northeast of the Kharkiv region—from Vesele to Vovchansk—has been cleared from the Russian military.
In the Kharkiv region, the Armed Forces of Ukraine "crushed" the 1st Russian Guard Tank Army, which was being prepared to "counter" NATO. It was one of the most capable units of the Russian Federation, according to UK intelligence.
The counter-offensive continues in the south. Over the past 2 weeks, the Armed Forces have liberated about 500 sq km in Kherson oblast including Vysokopillia, Novovoznesenske, Bilohirka, Myroliubivka, and Sukhyi Stavok. According to the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), Ukrainian troops continue to make significant progress in the Kherson region and constantly deteriorate the morale and combat capabilities of Russian troops in the area.
In general, since the beginning of September, the Armed Forces have liberated more than 6,000 sq km in the east and south of the country, announced President Zelensky.
According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Russian military command suspends dispatching newly formed units to Ukraine.
During September 6-11, the Armed Forces of Ukraine destroyed 590 units of equipment of the Russian Federation worth 670 million dollars, much of which was destroyed during the counterattack in the Kharkiv region.
Ukrainian military destroyed an Iranian-made drone for the first time. The photos of the device were published by an officer.
The Russian army continues shelling Ukraine. A school and kindergarten were destroyed in the Kharkiv region during the night. In the afternoon, Kharkiv lost the power supply due to an attack. The city still has no electricity and experiences cell network outages. The Russian military shelled the Sumy region with mortars and attacked Dnipropetrovsk oblast with rocket artillery systems. Fighting continues in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions. Five people were killed in Donetsk in the last 24 hours due to Russian shelling, and another ten were wounded. One of the strikes hit Sloviansk.
In total, during the past day, the Russians conducted two missile and 25 air strikes, as well as fired 11 MLRS attacks on military and civilian objects in Ukraine.
Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called on the West to strengthen the weapons supply to Ukraine in light of the successful counterattack. He said in an interview with Politico that this will help finish the full-scale war more quickly. Mr Kuleba noted that Ukraine's offensive in the east and south proves that all Western partners' investments in Ukrainian defence capabilities “lead to staggering results.”
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Ukraine has changed the course of the war in its favour, but the counterattack will not end it, reports the Institute for the Study of War (ISW). Most likely, the war will last until 2023, but Kyiv will increasingly dictate the place and nature of the main hostilities, analysts said.
According to UK intelligence, Russia has ordered to withdraw its troops from the entire occupied part of the Kharkiv region to the west of the Oskil River. Since September 7, Ukraine has regained territory of at least twice the size of Greater London. In total, over 30 settlements in Kharkiv oblast have been liberated and controlled by the Armed Forces in recent days.
The Russian army suffered significant losses due to the successful actions of the Ukrainian army in the Kherson direction—the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. According to UK intelligence, Russia is probably trying to move reserves across the Dnipro River to the front line near temporarily occupied Kherson. The Southern Defence Forces speaker Nataliia Humeniuk stated that Russian units are looking to negotiate with UAF about surrendering the Russian so-called "special operation". “They abandon weapons and equipment and either take the risk and leave in the opposite direction or resort to the international humanitarian law and surrender,” she said. It is also known that the Russian military prohibited civilians from entering and leaving settlements and imposed a curfew.
On the evening of September 11, the Russian army fired rockets at Dnipropetrovsk and Poltava oblasts. Some were shot down by air defence. One of the missiles was directed at a thermal power plant and power lines. Emergency power and water supply outage affected Kharkiv, Poltava, Donetsk, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhia, and Sumy regions. As of now, the electricity and water supply have been restored.
Positional battles continue in Luhansk oblast. Russia carried out seven artillery, six mortar, and five MLRS shellings at Ukrainian positions overnight. During the night, the Russian Federation launched a missile attack on Kramatorsk in the Donetsk region. A maternity hospital and residential houses were damaged. Other settlements were also shelled: three civilians were killed and nine were wounded across the region in the past day.
Consultations began on how to establish a secure zone at the Zaporizhzhia NPP where the last functioning reactor was shut down yesterday —IAEA press service. The IAEA stressed that a nuclear and physical security protection zone should be established immediately.
The EU decision to cancel the visa facilitation agreement with the Russian Federation came into effect on September 12. The agreement was established in 2007. From now on, Russian citizens are subject to the general rules: the visa fee will be 80 EUR, additional documents will be required, and the issuing time will increase to 45 days.
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During September 11, Russians launched 16 missile and 3 air strikes on objects on the territory of Ukraine. 15 settlements were hit, including Derhachi, Kramatorsk, Kostiantynivka, Dnipro, Voznesensk and Mykolaiv, the General Staff reports. The Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled several Russian attacks in the Donbas and continue to liberate the Kharkiv region. Russian occupiers are fleeing the territory of the Luhansk region, leaving even those cities that were occupied back in 2014, and in Kreminna, the Ukrainian flag was raised by the partisans. This was announced by the head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration, Serhii Haidai.
Russians are not conducting a controlled withdrawal from the territory of the Kharkiv region, as the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reported the day before, but are fleeing in a hurry, reports the American Institute for the Study of War. Ukrainian forces entered the Russian-occupied territory of the region to a depth of 70 kilometers in some places and recaptured more than 3,000 square kilometers of territory during last five days since September 6, ISW said. This is more territory than Russian forces have captured during all operations since April, the analysts added.
On September 11, the last working power unit was turned off at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. Preparations for its transfer to the "cold state" are currently underway, said Olena Pareniuk, a senior researcher at the Institute of Radiation Safety. "Now the entire cooler, which was loaded in the power unit, is working. It will not be possible to start the operation of the reactor quickly, it will be necessary to overload the fuel and carry out certain routine works. We completely stopped the ZNPP for quite a long period of time," she added.
The command of the Russian occupation forces is probably planning another provocative attack on the city of Enerhodar and the Zaporizhzhia NPP in order to blame Ukraine for this. This is reported by the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
On September 11, Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron held telephone talks. The heads of state discussed the situation in Ukraine, focusing on the issue of restoring the safety of the Zaporizhzhia NPP.
Russians are using all means to force Ukrainians to resettle. In particular, to Russia and the occupied territories. This was told by the deputy director of the European department of Human Rights Watch, Rachel Danber. She added that not all deported Ukrainians manage to leave Russia easily, due to lack of money, communication, and often documents.
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Since the beginning of September, more than 3,000 square kilometers have been returned to the control of Ukraine, said the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Zaluzhny. In the Kharkiv direction, the Ukrainian military began to advance not only to the south and east, but also to the north. There are 50 kilometers to go to the state border.
On September 10, 2022, Ukrainian troops announced that they had entered the city of Kupyansk in eastern Ukraine, pushing Russian troops out of a key logistics center during a counteroffensive.
The Ukrainian flag flew over the village of Chkalovske, Chuguyiv District, Kharkiv Oblast, President Zelenskyi said.
During the day, the Russian military launched 16 missile and 34 air strikes against military and civilian targets in Ukraine. 28 settlements were affected by this.
At night, Russian troops shelled Mykolaiv: nine people were wounded, three of them are in the hospital. The Russian military also hit the center of the Dnipro with a missile. One person is injured. Pokrovsk in Donbas came under shelling at night: four dead and six wounded people are currently known. More than 20 residential buildings were damaged. The Russian military also struck the Kramatorsk industrial zone. As a result of all shelling of the Donetsk region during September 10, ten residents of Donetsk region were killed, 19 more people were injured.
In the morning, the Russians attacked the Cherkasy region with rockets, the Ukrainian anti-aircraft defense system went off, debris damaged a private house.
In Donbas, Ukrainian military personnel are located on the outskirts of Lysychansk in Luhansk region, the head of Luhansk OVA Gaidai reported without details. Fighting continues on the outskirts of Liman in Donetsk region, Mayor Zhuravlyov told Suspilne.
In the south, the Ukrainian military has advanced from two to several tens of kilometers in some areas, Humenyuk, the head of the press center of the Southern Defense Forces, told Suspilne.
Russia has recognized its retreat from the districts of Balaklia and Izyum in the Kharkiv region to the territory of the so-called "DNR". Russian forces are not conducting a controlled withdrawal. They are hastily fleeing from the southeastern part of the Kharkiv region to avoid the encirclement around the city of Izyum. This was reported by the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW).
The Zaporizhzhia NPP has been completely stopped: the sixth power unit has been disconnected from the power grid and should be transferred to a "cold shutdown" — the safest state, Energoatom reported.
Ukraine expects to receive the first state-of-the-art German Iris air defense system in the fall. Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba announced this at a press conference with German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock in Kyiv on Saturday, September 10. He also said that during Burbok's visit to Kyiv, he discussed with her the possibility of supplying Ukraine with Leopard tanks and artillery ammunition.
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The Russian army carried out 13 missile and 23 air strikes on the territory of Ukraine during the day. The Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled attacks near five populated areas and struck ammunition depots and 25 strongholds and places of concentration of the Russian military, the General Staff reports.
The Russian military shelled three districts of Dnipropetrovsk region, there were no casualties or casualties. The Russian army was also shelled at night in Mykolaiv, according to preliminary data, without casualties.
As of September 9, the Ukrainian military in the Kharkiv region recaptured about 2,500 square kilometers during the counteroffensive. Also, the Armed Forces of Ukraine can destroy the positions of the Russian Federation and create a cauldron for their troops around Izyum, the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) reported. On August 10, the military reported that the Armed Forces entered Kupyansk, Kharkiv region. The city has been under Russian occupation since February 27.
The Armed Forces liberated and took control of more than 30 settlements in the Kharkiv region. In some villages of the region, right-wing activists and the military are already checking the territory.
In three days, the Ukrainian military destroyed Russian air targets worth 157.5 million dollars, the Air Force of the Ukrainian Armed Forces reported. These are cruise missiles, airplanes and helicopters. According to the military, the Kh-101 cruise missiles are among the most expensive and most technologically advanced missiles in service with the Russian Federation.
In the conditions of the energy crisis in the European Union, Ukraine will help neighboring Poland, in particular by exporting electricity.
Russian President Vladimir Putin resorts to energy blackmail of Europe because the Russian army is not achieving its goals on the battlefield in Ukraine. This was stated by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken after a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Putin thought he would divide and weaken NATO, he said, but the alliance has become stronger, more cohesive and better resourced than ever before.
The Council of the EU will allocate five billion dollars of macro-financial aid to Ukraine — this decision was made at a meeting of finance ministers of EU countries and heads of European banks. The money should go to the "normal work" of the country and the work of critical infrastructure, including schools and hospitals.
As a result of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, 5,767 civilians were killed, 8,292 were injured, and a total of 14,059 civilian casualties were confirmed. THIS is the data of the UN Monitoring Mission on September 9. They say the actual numbers are probably much higher.
On Saturday, September 10, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany, Annalena Burbok, arrived in Kyiv with an unannounced visit. This is reported by DW. This is the second visit of the German minister to Kyiv since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation.
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As of September 1, the Armed Forces of Ukraine freed more than a thousand square kilometers from Russian troops, President Zelenskyi said. The Ukrainian military liberated Balaklia in the Kharkiv region, advanced in the Donetsk region and liberated the village of Ozerne from Russian troops.
Russian troops struck seven regions of Ukraine. Fighting continues in Donbas and Kherson region. It was reported in the summary of military-civilian administrations. Shelling continued in Sumy, Dnipropetrovsk, and Kharkiv regions.
The armed forces of Ukraine repelled attacks by Russian troops near seven populated areas, and also carried out 20 airstrikes on two strongholds and 15 areas of concentration of Russian manpower and military equipment.
Russia uses almost all types and classes of missiles that they have against Ukraine, and the country has de facto become a testing ground for these weapons. Yuriy Ignat, the spokesman of the Air Force Command of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, stated this in an interview with RBC-Ukraine.
Military exercises started in Belarus on the border with Ukraine. In response, Ukrainian side also started training near the border, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine announced.
The new $675 million military aid package for Ukraine announced by the US Department of Defense will include additional munitions for HIMARS MLRS, HARM high-speed anti-radar missiles, RAAM remote anti-tank mines, as well as armored vehicles, ammunition and shells. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken also arrived in Kyiv with an unannounced visit, he announced another $1 billion in US military aid.
The fifth meeting of allied countries that are helping Ukraine in the war with Russia took place at the Ramstein air base in Germany. Representatives of more than fifty countries discussed what they can do to improve Ukraine's defense and security. The US announced a long-term support strategy, NATO - a "winter package", Germany promised mine clearance training, Norway - 160 high-precision multi-purpose Hellfire missiles and night vision devices.
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Ukrainian troops in the southeast of Kharkiv Oblast are likely to use the redeployment of Russian forces to the south to conduct a very effective counterattack northwest of Izium. According to the analytical report of the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), the Ukrainian forces advanced at least 20 km into the Russian-controlled territory in the east of the Kharkiv region.
At the same time, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reports that the Russian army continues to focus on establishing full control over the territory of the Donetsk region, maintaining captured areas of Kherson, part of Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia, and Mykolaiv regions. During the past day, the Russian army launched more than 10 missile attacks and 22 airstrikes on Ukraine.
On the afternoon of September 8, the Russian Federation shelled Kharkiv. Two people were killed and five were wounded. In total, eight civilians were injured in the past 24 hours in the Kharkiv region, including a child, 2. The Russian armed forces continue to shell civilian infrastructure and settlements of Mykolaiv oblast. Nikopol district of Dnipropetrovsk oblast was shelled four times with Grads and heavy artillery during the night of September 8.
Three bodies were found under the rubble of a house destroyed by Russian shelling on the morning of September 7.
The occupation administration of Luhansk oblast reported all but 8.5% of houses are ready for the heating season. However, the head of the Luhansk Oblast Military Administration Serhii Haidai stated that the invaders did not account for the destroyed Sievierodonetsk, Lysychansk, Kreminna, and Rubizhne. "There will be a disaster in the captured cities of Luhansk oblast: the houses are damaged, have no heating, windows, ceilings or walls, there’s no promised electricity and gas supply," he said.
A series of explosions on air bases in the temporarily occupied Crimea was caused by AFU's successful actions, according to a joint statement of Commander-in-Chief Zaluzhny and the First Deputy Chairman of the National Security and Defence Council Committee Zabrodsky.
As a part of the prisoner exchange, the Russian Federation handed over the body of the captured British volunteer Paul Ury to Ukraine. The body indicates a violent death. The Ukrainian and UK sides have already opened an investigation.
Ukraine's budget for 2023 allocates more than a trillion UAH for security and defence, said President Zelensky.
The Ministry of Defence postponed the mandatory military registration of women in Ukraine until October 1, 2023.
US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin announced another military aid package for Ukraine worth $675 million. The package will include 105mm howitzers, artillery ammunition, HARM missiles, Humvees, armoured ambulances, and AI systems. In total, the United States supplied 126 howitzers to Ukraine and allocated another 6.3 billion USD for security assistance.
Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ilze Brands Kehris told the UN Security Council that setting up filtration camps for the Ukrainian population has led to numerous violations of human rights, including the right to freedom, personal security, and privacy.
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The Russian army continues to focus its efforts on establishing full control over the territory of the Donetsk region, holding the temporarily captured districts of the Kherson region, part of the Kharkiv region, Zaporizhzhia region, and Mykolaiv region. According to the General Staff, during the day, the Russian army launched more than 7 missile and 25 air strikes on military and civilian objects on the territory of Ukraine.
On the night of September 7, the Russians again shelled Slovyansk in the Donetsk region, the head of the city administration, Vadym Lyakh, said. In the morning, the Russian army shelled Zmiiv in the Kharkiv region
On September 6, a child died as a result of Russian shelling in the Mykolaiv region. In total, since the beginning of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation in Ukraine, 383 children have been killed. This is reported by the Office of the General Prosecutor of Ukraine.
Over the past day, the Ukrainian aviation has carried out 27 strikes and destroyed the Russian ammunition depot. Almost 40 strongholds and places of accumulation of Russian military personnel and equipment were also hit, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported. Air defense units of Ukrainian forces destroyed a Su-25 aircraft, a Ka-52 helicopter, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and five Kh-101 cruise missiles.
"Radar and communication stations, bridge and pontoon crossings, 3 warehouses of ammunition and fuel and lubricants of different levels fell into the affected area - thereby significantly reducing the combat and logistical capabilities of the occupiers," the message reads.
Russia is buying millions of artillery shells and short- and medium-range missiles from North Korea, The New York Times reports, citing declassified US intelligence data. Similar information was given in an interview with CNN by an unnamed American official.
The Russians tried to put pressure on IAEA Director General Raphael Grossi when IAEA experts were preparing a report on the situation at the Zaporizhzhia NPP. This was stated by the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN, Serhiy Kyslytsia, at the meeting of the UN Security Council, which was once again initiated by Russia due to the shelling of the temporarily occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant allegedly by the Ukrainian military. According to Kyslytsia, Russia is trying to use the tools of the UN Security Council to redirect the attention of the international community and divert it from the urgent need to demilitarize and de-occupy the Ukrainian nuclear power plant, which the Russians have turned into their military base.
According to the analysts of the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW), Russian President Putin may try to force the IAEA and the international community to recognize the de facto right of Russia to participate in the operation of the ZANP, in order to achieve de facto recognition of Russia's occupation of southern Ukraine.
The President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, said that Russia has allegedly not started anything in terms of military operations, but is only trying to end them. He also accused the West of deception related to the grain agreement. He stated this during a speech at the plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum in Russia.
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The IAEA published a report on the results of the mission in the Zaporizhzhia NPP. According to experts, the situation in Ukraine is unprecedented. To prevent a nuclear accident due to physical damage caused by military means, the agency insists on the immediate creation of a nuclear safety zone. In addition, the agency reported that they have a specific and detailed technical plan for assistance in restoring the safety of Ukraine's nuclear facilities.
Russian troops launched at least 16 missile and air strikes on the territory of Ukraine. The Armed Forces shot down five cruise missiles and repelled Russian attacks near eight settlements — Dolyna, Soledar, Novobakhmutivka, Kodema, Zaitsevo, Avdiivka, Maryinka, and Liubomyrivka, the General Staff reports. Also, during the day, the Armed Forces destroyed the pontoon and ferry crossings of the Russian army, eight Russian ammunition warehouses, and struck six control points of the occupiers, in particular, the corps level.
More than 25,000 Russian soldiers have died in the war in Ukraine since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation, British Defense Minister Ben Wallace said. On the morning of September 6, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that the Armed Forces of Ukraine had already liquidated about 50,150 servicemen of the Russian Federation.
Another operation was held to transfer the bodies of fallen soldiers between Ukraine and Russia. Ukraine returned the bodies of another 25 of its defenders.
Chancellor of Germany Olaf Scholz refused to supply Kyiv with German Leopard-2 tanks for €1.55 billion, Welt reports with reference to Ukrainian government circles. Back on April 8, 2022, the Krauss-Maffei Wegmann company informed Kyiv that it was ready to deliver 100 Leopard-2 tanks to Ukraine, but it never received an export license from the German government.
Russia still receives record revenues from energy sales that far exceed its spending on the war against Ukraine. The European Union remains the largest buyer of Russian fuel. Spiegel writes about this with reference to research by the Finnish Centre for Energy and Clean Air Research. Russia's revenues from oil, gas and coal exports in the first six months of the full-scale war against Ukraine amounted to about 158 billion euros, far exceeding the costs of the invasion, which are estimated at 100 billion euros.
The European Commission has approved a proposal to completely suspend the visa facilitation agreement with Russia from September 12. According to the European Commissioner for Internal Affairs Ilva Johansson, being a tourist in the EU is not a fundamental right of Russians. According to her, the European Commission expects the EU Council to approve this decision within a week. In addition, the commission adopted a proposal on non-recognition of Russian passports issued in the occupied regions of Ukraine.
Ukraine has already fulfilled almost 70% of the Association Agreement with the EU, so it is waiting for the support of European politicians to start negotiations on EU membership as early as next year, said Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal.
According to the results of August, the international reserves of Ukraine increased by 13.6% and as of September 1, according to preliminary data, amounted to $25.436 billion, the press service of the National Bank of Ukraine reports.
About 7,000 restaurants and cafes have been closed in Ukraine since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation. At the same time, more than 2,000 new establishments were opened. This was reported by the co-founder of the National Restaurant Association of Ukraine, Olha Nasonova.
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Russians fired 3 missiles, launched more than 35 airstrikes, and conducted about 50 MRLS attacks in the past 24 hours. On the night of September 5-6, Russian occupiers launched rocket attacks on civilian targets in Bakhmut and Kostiantynivka in Donbas. The situation there remains difficult. In the Luhansk region, the Russian military tried twice to storm the Bakhmut direction, where defenders of the Luhansk region hold the defence. A school was destroyed in the Donetsk region during the shelling of Kurakhove.
This morning, anti-aircraft Air Force units destroyed five out of the six X-101 cruise missiles fired from Russian Tu-95MS from the Caspian Sea into Southern and Eastern Ukraine—Air Force Command.
An Air Force anti-aircraft unit also destroyed a Russian Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopter on September 6.
Yesterday the Armed Forces of Ukraine destroyed a warehouse with Russian S-300 missiles that were used for attacks on Kharkiv. The President of Ukraine announced that Ukrainian troops are conducting multiple counterattacks, not only in the Kherson direction.
This morning, Russian troops attacked Kryvyi Rih with a missile and set an oil depot on fire, according to the head of the Dnipropetrovsk regional military administration Valentyn Reznichenko. Kharkiv and Dnipropetrovsk regions were also attacked, and Sumy suffered mortar and artillery shelling.
The Russian army is losing drones and trying to save UAV stocks, given the lack of components due to international sanctions. The limited availability of reconnaissance UAVs probably worsens the tactical awareness of commanders and increasingly interferes with Russian operations, according to the UK MoD.
As of the morning of September 6, the total combat losses of Russia since the beginning of the full-scale offensive against Ukraine on February 24 reached 50,150 personnel. According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Russians lost about 350 servicemen in the past day.
On September 5, after Russian troops shelled around Zaporizhzhia NPP and caused a fire, the last 330 kV power line linking Zaporizhzhia nuclear and thermal power plants was disconnected from the Ukrainian power system. The sixth power unit was unloaded and disconnected.
As shelling intensifies in the temporarily occupied Enerhodar and the situation around the Zaporizhzhia NPP remains tense, the Russian Federation should provide a humanitarian corridor to evacuate the residents, stated Minister of Reintegration Iryna Vereshchuk.
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During the day, Russian militaries carried out more than 40 attacks from MRLS and more than 25 airstrikes on the territory of Ukraine. The Armed Forces repelled attacks near 9 settlements, and also knocked the Russians out of their positions in the Kramatorsk direction. The Ukrainian aviation carried out 15 strikes on the positions of the Russian troops, the General Staff reports. In the Kherson region, the Armed Forces of Ukraine struck a pontoon crossing, which was set by Russian militaries near the bridge over the lock of the Kakhovska HPP. They also destroyed two ammunition warehouses in the Kherson district. Russians turned off the Kakhovska HPP, which caused the blackout of part of the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions.
In the temporarily occupied Luhansk region, during several days, the Ukrainian army destroyed about 400 Russian soldiers and 100 units of Russian vehicles near Kreminna, the head of the Luhansk regional military administration Serhii Haidai said. "We have some positive news regarding the situation on the left bank of the Siversky Donets — this is the Izium direction. For the Luhansk region, these are the "first signs" of future good news that may relate to the process of deoccupation of our region," Haidai said.
The adviser to the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, Mykhailo Podoliak, called on the residents of the temporarily occupied territories, as well as the occupied Crimea, to prepare for the deoccupation and follow the recommendations — to set up shelters, stock up on water and charge power banks.
The Verkhovna Rada's Committee on National Security, Defense and Intelligence supported the draft law proposing to make military registration for women voluntary. According to the order of the Ministry of Defense, starting from October 1, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is obliged to register women for military registration according to a new list of specialties and professions related to military registration.
The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy held telephone talks with French President Emmanuel Macron. The Elysée Palace issued a statement following the conversation: the French president reminded of the urgent need to restore security and preserve nuclear facilities, which can only be achieved through the withdrawal of Russian troops.
As part of the Eighth meeting of the Association Council between Ukraine and the EU in Brussels, Ukraine and the EU signed five agreements that bring Ukraine closer to joining the European Union and contribute to the stability of the Ukrainian state in the war against the Russian Federation. It is about the "Digital Europe" program, cooperation in the customs and tax spheres, the provision of budgetary support to Ukraine for €500 million, and the agreement thanks to which the European Commission increases the budget for grants for Ukraine by €122 million.
More than 1,100 Hasidim arrived in Cherkasy to celebrate the Jewish New Year Rosh Hashanah. The head of the Cherkasy Regional Military Administration, Ihor Taburets, noted that the local authorities are introducing additional restrictions for pilgrims within the curfew, due to the fact that a crowd of people can become a target for rocket attacks and terrorist threats.
The Ukrainian Oscar Committee announced that one more film from Ukraine will be included in the list of candidates for the "Oscar" award — the film "Sniper. The White Crow" by director Maryan Bushan. The film is based on the real story of an eco-settler and teacher from Horlivka, who enrolled in a volunteer battalion after the occupation of his hometown in 2014 and became a sniper.
Electricity manufacturers received UAH 1.25 billion from Ukrenerho to prepare for winter. This money can be used to repair power units and other equipment. Thermal power plants will be able to additionally purchase coal and gas for the winter.
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Ukrainian troops liberated one settlement in the Donetsk region and two more in the south of Ukraine, and moved forward in Donbas towards Lysychansk-Siversk, announced President Zelensky in his evening address.
Russians shelled the Nikopol district of the Dnipropetrovsk region twice during the night. Sumy and Chernihiv oblasts were attacked as well. The invaders shelled Mykolaiv once again overnight. In the evening, Russians hit a district in Kharkiv with a C-300 missile. Three people were injured. The shell fell on the ground damaging a residential building.
Shelling continues in Donbas. The invaders carried out five mortar attacks and six artillery shellings of Ukrainian positions and adjacent settlements overnight. Twice, the Russian military tried to break through the defence. All the attacks were repelled. Three people were killed in the shelling in Donetsk oblast.
The offensive in Donbas will remain the main priority of the Russian troops in Ukraine, despite the latest Ukrainian offensive actions, believes the UK Department of Defence with reference to British intelligence. According to the experts, the main directions of the Russian offensive in Donbas remain in Avdiivka near Donetsk and 60 km north of Bakhmut.
In total, in the past 24 hours, the Russian Federation has fired 25 missiles and launched more than 22 airstrikes on military and civilian objects—Ukrainian General Staff.
Since the beginning of the full-scale war, Russia has deported more than 7,000 children from Ukraine. Only 51 minors have managed to be returned so far, human rights commissioner Dmytro Lubinets said in an interview with Voice of America.
Four out of the six IAEA inspection team members completed their work at the Zaporizhzhia NPP and left it, according to Energoatom. It is expected that two experts will continue to work at the NPP permanently.
The Ukrainian company added that the plant continues to operate at the risk of violation of radiation and fire safety standards. Power unit no.5 is disconnected from the power grid due to Russian shelling since September 5.
Before the 8th meeting of the Ukraine-EU Association council, the EU High Representative Josep Borrell published a joint video address with the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal on Twitter. “Ukraine is Europe, and Europe is your home. We reaffirm our support for Ukraine and its European path,” said Borrel.
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During the day, the troops of the Russian Federation carried out more than 10 missile attacks and 24 airstrikes on the territory of Ukraine. They hit military and civilian objects, says the morning summary of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Russian armed formations do not stop trying to attack Ukrainian positions in the Donetsk region, in particular, in the Bakhmut and Avdiivka directions. At the same time, the Russian Federation is trying to compensate the lack of military personnel by calling for volunteer railway employees to join the army.
At night, the Russians shelled the entire border with the Sumy region, attacked a community in the Chernihiv region and shelled the Nikopol district in the Dnipropetrovsk region three times. In addition, air defense forces destroyed a Russian missile in the Kryvyi Rih region.
Kharkiv and the districts of the region were also attacked. One person died, two were injured.
Around 02:30, Mykolaiv came under massive rocket fire, initially from the S-300. Three medical institutions, two educational institutions, a hotel and a museum were significantly damaged.
In Chernihiv, during a charity fair where there was an exhibition of military equipment, a grenade launcher went off, as a result of which six children were injured. The SBI has already started an investigation.
The IAEA reported another shutdown of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. "Enerhoatom" reported that this happened as a result of "continuous shelling by the Russian occupation forces."
The occupying forces of the Russian Federation stopped letting humanitarian cargoes in, including vital medicines, in the temporarily occupied territory of the Zaporizhzhia region. Melitopol Mayor Ivan Fedorov told this on a national telethon on September 4.
The United States does not see Putin's readiness to end the war against Ukraine right now, National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said.
Since the beginning of Russia's attack on Ukraine, almost 6 million Ukrainian citizens have already crossed the Polish border. This is reported by the Border Service of Poland.
As of the morning of September 4, at least 1,120 children were injured in Ukraine as a result of the full-scale armed aggression of the Russian Federation. This was reported in the Prosecutor General's Office. According to the official information of juvenile prosecutors, 382 children died and at least 740 were injured of varying degrees of severity.
Russia's invasion of Ukraine, day 192. Online updates.
The Ukrainian military repelled the attacks of the Kadyrovets’ in the Bakhmut direction, and also struck Russian military warehouses in the temporarily occupied Energodar and Kherson.
Russian troops fired from the "Grad" MRL at Nikopol and Marganets in the Dnipropetrovsk region. They also fired 5 rockets over the region, but they were shot down by Ukrainian air defense forces. In Kharkiv, the Russians fired a rocket near a school.
There were also rocket attacks in Donetsk region. In the Kherson region, the Russian military continues shelling not only the occupied, but also the liberated territories of the Armed Forces.
S President Joseph Biden will address the Congress with a request for emergency funding for Ukraine in the amount of 11.7 billion dollars, which will be directed to military aid and budgetary support of the state.
Gas transportation in the "North Stream" gas pipeline has been completely stopped. The official reason is malfunctions that prevent safe operation of the gas turbine engine. At the same time, the European Commission believes that Russia is reporting false information about the pipeline damage.
In Kalush, in the Ivano-Frankivsk region, students of the youth organization "Union of Ukrainian Youth in Ukraine" purchased a Starlink user terminal. 11-year-old children sold lemonade on the streets of the city. The communication system will be handed over to the Special Operations Forces unit of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Russia has submitted a request for US visas for 56 members of the Russian delegation headed by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who are going to participate in the annual meeting of world leaders at the UN General Assembly on September 20. The US has not yet issued any visas.
The last burial of 13 Ukrainians, who were killed by the Russians during the occupation of the city in March and February, took place at the cemetery in the city of Bucha, Kyiv region. Some of the dead have not yet been identified. In general, according to the city council, about 1,100 people died in the Buchansk district due to the actions of the occupiers, including 12 children and young people under the age of 21. The figures are imprecise, because the bodies are still being exhumed, and for most of the buried, investigation is establishing the causes of death.
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Another exchange of prisoners of war between Ukraine and Russia took place in the Donetsk region. Fourteen Ukrainian defenders returned home. Ten soldiers from the 58th and four from the 30th Independent Motorized Infantry Brigade were released from captivity. They were captured in the spring of 2022.
A permanent mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency will function at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant stated IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi after he visited the NPP. According to him, the mission's work has just started, the agency's experts had the opportunity to go around the entire site of the power plant, and the Ukrainian employees of the Zaporizhzhia NPP are in serious emotional and psychological distress, but thanks to professionalism they "carry on with all the responsibilities entrusted to them perfectly".
Russian armed forces have redeployed some of their equipment and forces in the temporarily occupied southern regions of Ukraine in connection with the IAEA visit to the NPP, as well as due to Ukrainian well-targeted strikes — AFU General Staff. The Ukrainian military repelled Russian attacks near Husarivka, Kharkiv region, and in Bakhmut and Avdiivka directions, Donetsk region.
The European Union is preparing a new funding package of 5 billion euros for Ukraine. The European Commission will offer a loan package next week, writes Bloomberg with reference to EU diplomats familiar with the plan. This money is part of a larger aid package, worth EUR 9 billion, promised by Europe last May.
Since August 1, Ukraine has sent 1.72 million tons of agricultural products from Odesa, Chornomorsk, and Pivdenny ports — press service of the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine. In total, 68 ships bound for 18 countries left the unblocked ports during August.
Ukraine imposes five years sanctions on teachers from the occupied territories cooperating with the invading authorities. Educational institutions that disseminate the occupants’ so-called "educational standards" will also be sanctioned. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Reintegration. National Security Council will define how the sanctions will be implemented.
Ukraine and the United Kingdom are developing a project to better distribute the Ukrainian television and radio signal in the temporarily occupied territories, said the Minister of Culture and Information Policy Oleksandr Tkachenko.
The National Police seized the property of eight Russian and two Belarusian enterprises, namely 390 railway cars worth about 400 million UAH.
56% of educational institutions in Ukraine are ready for full-time in-person studies, said the Minister of Education and Science Serhii Shkarlet. Most of them are in Kyiv, Lviv, Zakarpattia, Chernivtsi, and Kirovohrad regions.
As of the beginning of September, 48% of Russian citizens support the continuation of hostilities in Ukraine, while 44% believe that it is necessary to return to peaceful negotiations according to the Russian Levada-Center survey results. At the same time, the war is supported mainly by the older people: 40-54 years (53%) and 55+ years old. Respondents between 18 to 24 years predominantly (54%) believe that it is worth initiating peaceful negotiations.
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A permanent mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency will function at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, stated IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi after his visit to the NPP. According to him, the mission’s work has just started. Agency experts had the opportunity to go around the entire site of the power plant. “I went inside the blocks, I had the opportunity to see emergency systems, diesel generators, other elements,” said Grossi, “It is obvious that the plant and its physical integrity have been violated several times, accidentally or intentionally—we do not have the necessary elements to evaluate it”. The mission will be at the station for a long time.
A plant employee told Suspilne on September 1 that IAEA inspectors did not have private conversations with Zaporizhzhia NPP staff and moved around the station with Russian military and Rosatom employees. The Russians led the inspectors along their route, showed "maps of attacks" and tried to convince them that the station was allegedly being shelled by the Ukrainian military.
Today's UK intelligence report states that fierce fighting continues in southern Ukraine, specifically in the Enerhodar district near the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia NPP.
During the night, Russians launched rocket attacks on Kharkiv and Donbas, destroying a kindergarten in Sloviansk. Four people were killed in the Donetsk region in the past day, and ten more were injured. The Russian army also shelled Mykolayiv oblast. Explosions were heard in Kherson all night and during the day according to the military and civil administrations report. Nikopol district in the Dnipropetrovsk region suffered shelling as well: a man, 56, was wounded.
In the past day, southern defence forces destroyed five ammunition depots in Beryslav, Kherson and Bashtansky districts and the ferry crossing near Kozatske in Kherson—OC South.
On September 1, Russia started military exercises Vostok-22. The UK intelligence believes that the war in Ukraine showed that the previous training of the Russian troops proved ineffective and aimed to make an impression. Russia publicly stated that 50,000 military personnel will take part in the exercise, but it is unlikely that more than 15,000 servicemen will be actively involved this year.
Russian President Vladimir Putin extended the deadline for Russian troops to seize the Donetsk region from August 31 to September 15 states the Institute for the Study of War. ISW analysts refer to the words of Deputy Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of Ukraine Oleksii Hromov, who said that Russian forces are regrouping units of the Central Military District to increase the number of troops operating in Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts.
The High Anti-Corruption Court of Ukraine confiscated the Ukrainian assets of the Russian oligarch Yevtushenkov, particularly 17 real estate objects and his shares in several Ukrainian companies. This is the first court verdict on assets of Russian origin.
Ukrposhta started selling charity stamps with the dog Patron raising a million EUR for a demining machine. The proceeds will also be donated to animal shelters.
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The International Atomic Energy Agency mission aiming to study the situation at the Zaporizhzhia NPP arrived in temporarily occupied Energodar, where the plant is located. Ukraine cannot ensure the UN inspectors' safety at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, reports CNN with reference to Minister of Energy of Ukraine Herman Halushchenko. IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi has been advised that safety is "your personal responsibility". According to Halushchenko, Grossi "confidently accepted the risk".
Russia is trying to seize the Donetsk region, however, their attacks in Sloviansk, Bakhmut, Avdiivka, and Novopavlivka directions were repelled by Ukrainian forces during the day — General Staff. Deputy Head of the Main Operational Department Oleksii Hromov said that Russian troops received an order from Vladimir Putin to reach the administrative boundaries of Donetsk Oblast by September 15.
Vladimir Putin announced this new goal of the so-called "special operation" in Ukraine during an open school lesson in Kaliningrad. According to the Russian president, an anti-Russian enclave is allegedly being created in Ukraine and "the special military operation aims to eliminate it". Mykhailo Podoliak, Advisor to the Head of the Ukrainian President's Office, responded that Russian leaders change their goals as they please. Previously, Russia called the United States' dominance in the world the reason for the war in Ukraine. Before that, the goal was to "prevent the threat of a Third World War". This includes the "rescue" of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk "people's republics".
As of September 1, Ukraine managed to export about one and a half million tons of grain via the grain corridor. 60 ships carrying Ukrainian grain, rape seeds, sunflower seeds and other products left from three Black Sea ports to Africa and the EU. This was reported by the Ambassador for Special Assignments at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Olha Trofimtseva.
The International Committee of the Red Cross only managed to visit a few hundred prisoners of war on both sides. ICRC has no access to thousands of other prisoners, stated its Director-General Robert Mardini. He added that the ICRC has fruitful negotiations with the Russian side regarding access to the injured prisoners of war in Olenivka: "Unfortunately, we have not received access yet, but we are trying to get it, it is an absolute priority for us".
A Human Rights Watch report released on September 1 describes how Russian and Russian-affiliated forces forcibly relocate Ukrainian civilians, including those who try to evacuate, to the Russian Federation or occupied Ukrainian territories. This violates the laws of war.
The Finnish Ministry of Defence has officially announced a new military assistance package for Ukraine. The nature and details of military assistance are not disclosed. According to The Guardian, Finland will allocate 8.3 million euros to Ukraine, and the total amount of financial aid will reach 92.3 million euros.
Minister of Environmental Protection Ruslan Strilets announced that Ukraine's environment suffered losses of about one trillion UAH due to Russia's military invasion.
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Mortar shelling is going on in Enerhodar, the city neighbouring the Zaporizhzhia NPP, since 5 a.m. Some people were injured according to the preliminary information, and civil infrastructure has been hit as well, said Mayor Orlov. The shells hit the NPP site where emergency protection was triggered and the 5th unit was disconnected from the power, reported Energoatom. According to the General Directorate of Intelligence, Enerhodar was attacked by a group of Russian K-52 assail helicopters.
The shelling continued in the morning along the pre-agreed route of the IAEA mission from Zaporizhzhia to the nuclear power plant. Initially, the group could not proceed "for security reasons", reported the head of the Zaporizhzhia military administration Starukh. Ukraine demands that the Russian Federation "stops provocations". Later, despite the danger, IAEA representatives continued their way to Enerhodar. IAEA head Rafael Grossi said that even with "increased military activity in the area", the mission will go on.
The Ukrainian military destroyed a pontoon crossing in Dariivka, Kherson region, set up by the Russian military to supply equipment and ammunition—operational command South.
Five people were killed in Donetsk oblast in the past 24 hours, and another 12 were injured, reported the head of the regional administration Kyrylenko. The shelling continued in Chernihiv Oblast: three communities suffered mortar fire on August 31. Dnipropetrovsk region was attacked with Grad MLRS.
Russian army continues to shell the Mykolaiv region. Kharkiv was attacked with rockets during the night, however, not all the missiles fired from Belgorod reached the city. Odesa was attacked with two Oniks missiles on the night of September 1. According to the operational command South, the rockets were fired from the temporarily occupied Crimea. One of them was shot down by ASW, and the other hit an open area. No one was hurt.
U.S. intelligence believes that Russia faced a "serious shortage" of the military in Ukraine. They are likely to start recruiting convicts, according to Associated Press and CNN.
The United States received an arrest warrant for a Boeing 737-7EM aircraft belonging to Lukoil, a Russian transnational oil and gas corporation. Its value is approximately $45 million.
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The International Atomic Energy Agency mission arrived in Zaporizhzhia. IAEA director Rafael Grossi stressed that the mission to the Zaporizhzhia NPP will last at least several days and may be extended if possible. He stated that the IAEA mission's visit is fully coordinated with the Ukrainian side.
The Russian armed forces tried to attack Ukrainian positions in Kharkiv and Donetsk oblasts: in Bakhmut, Avdiivka, and Novopavlivka directions, however, the Ukrainian military repelled all the attacks — the General Staff. In Kherson Oblast, the Armed Forces of Ukraine keep the Kakhovsky and Antonovsky automobile bridges under fire control. The bridges are used to transport Russian equipment and ammunition for the defence of the region's captured territories.
Sweden will hand over another package of military aid to Ukraine, including artillery ammunition worth half a million SEK, announced Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde, and noted that this package won't be the last. In particular, the Swedish government is considering transferring artillery and ASW systems to Ukraine.
Russian armed groups participating in the war in Ukraine may face a shortage of artillery ammunition, guided missiles, and other types of weapons by the end of the year, writes Russian The Insider. The media notes that there is a steady perception of huge artillery stockpiles that Russia inherited from the USSR. However, in reality, Soviet artillery shells have a limited shelf life: the Russian army already faced a shortage of the main 122-mm and 152-mm calibre ammunition in the summer of 2002, during the second Chechen campaign.
More than 130 people who openly oppose the war, support Ukraine and resist Russia have been illegally detained in Crimea since the beginning of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine. This was reported by Tamil Tasheva, the permanent representative of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.
The European Union has suspended the visa agreement that facilitates issuing Schengen visas to Russians. However, this is not a total visa ban since the countries cannot agree on the latter, said EU High Representative Josep Borrell.
Ukraine has already accumulated 13 billion cubic meters of gas. Approximately 14.4 billion will be stockpiled by October 15, according to the forecast. It is possible to get through a moderate winter with such supplies as gas consumption has significantly decreased, said CEO of Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine Serhii Makohon.
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The IAEA mission led by its head Rafael Grossi left Kyiv for Zaporizhzhia NPP in the morning, reported Energoatom. The mission will spend several days at the nuclear power plant. "We have a very important task to perform there, to assess the real situation and stabilise it as much as we can. I am very aware of the relevance of this point," said IAEA Director Rafael Grossi during a press conference in Kyiv. He announced that IAEA is planning to establish a permanent representation at the Zaporizhzhia NPP.
The Russian army is shelling Enerhodar before the mission arrives at the NPP to accuse the Ukrainian military of shelling the city from Nikopol's side, reported the head of the Nikopol district administration Yevtushenko. The Mayor of Enerhodar Orlov published a photo of the damaged City Council building.
During the night, Russian troops shelled Kramatorsk, Sloviansk, Chasiv Yar, and Kurakhove in Donetsk Oblast. Nikopol district (Dnipropetrovsk region) suffered four artillery attacks: one woman was injured. Two people were injured during the night shelling of the Kharkiv city centre.
Ukrainian troops managed to push the front line during the counter-offensive in the south and now Russia will likely try to close the gaps in its defence line, reports the UK intelligence.
Russian Gazprom suspended Nord Stream gas pumping for scheduled preventive maintenance. The gas supply is to be restored on September 3.
The EU is discussing a ban on issuing Schengen visas to Russians. At the same time, the Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell believes that this idea is unlikely to have the necessary unanimity. The Kremlin is already threatening with a response, but they don't know what would it entail.
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Russian troops are trying to establish full control over the territory of Donetsk region, to hold captured areas of Kherson, Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia and Mykolaiv regions. Also, Russia is strengthening the grouping of troops in the Donetsk direction and is continuing to move parts of the 3rd Army Corps to the temporarily occupied territories of the Zaporizhzhia and Kharkiv regions, the General Staff reports.
A team of 14 UN nuclear service experts arrived in Kyiv ahead of a planned visit to the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. The mission is headed by the head of the IAEA, Raphael Grossi. According to the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Oleg Nikolenko, the mission is expected to start work at the ZNPP in the coming days and will focus on three tasks: physical protection of the plant, nuclear safety, guarantees of non-proliferation of nuclear materials.
The European Union will send 5.5 million tablets of potassium iodide to Ukraine to protect Ukrainians from possible radiation exposure. This is stated in the statement of the European Commission.
The Russian army attacked at least ten wooden HIMARS dummies with expensive Kalibr missiles. This is reported by the American publication The Washington Post with reference to anonymous Ukrainian and American high-ranking officials. As the publication writes, the Armed Forces of Ukraine use wooden dummies of the HIMARS multiple-launch rocket systems to force the Russians to spend expensive cruise missiles on the wrong targets. It is noted that Russian reconnaissance drones are not able to recognize a fake target.
Ukraine is negotiating with some countries of the European Union about the location of the international tribunal regarding the top military leadership of Russia. Andriy Smirnov, deputy head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, announced this.
All the countries of the European Union are united in the issue of providing assistance to Ukraine in the war with Russia, and in the summer the pace of military aid to the Armed Forces increased. This was stated by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, after the meeting of foreign ministers in Prague. The official also reminded that the European Peace Fund, from which five tranches of military aid were allocated to Ukraine, amounts to 5.7 billion euros, and the EU is far from "exhausting it", and that the war in Ukraine requires the training of new soldiers and training military infrastructure.
For the first time since February, a ship with Ukrainian grain arrived in Africa. This was announced by the director of the UN World Food Program, David Beasley. A ship with grain docked at the port of Djibouti, it will be unloaded, and then the ship will go to Ethiopia, Beasley explained. Also, on August 30, six ships left the ports of Odesa, Chornomorsk, and Pivdenny at once. Among them is the KATERIA vessel chartered by the UN World Food Program to help the population of Yemen. This was reported by the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine.
According to safety indicators, more than 51% of educational institutions of Ukraine are ready for the beginning of the educational process in full-time education. This was reported by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine.
The Cabinet of Ministers introduced personal sanctions against the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, and seven more of its representatives. The Government adopted the relevant order at a meeting on August 30.
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The Armed Forces of Ukraine launched offensive operations in various directions, in particular in the Kherson region, and also broke through the first defense line of the occupiers. President Zelenskyi called on the occupiers to go home.
Over the past day, the Armed Forces of Ukraine hit 13 command centres of the Russian army in the Kherson, Beryslav and Kakhovka districts. A ferriage that Russian militaries were building across the Dnipro, and three ammunition depots were destroyed in Beryslav, Vysokopillia, and Antonivka.
After the announcement by the Armed Forces of Ukraine about the start of the offensive to the south, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation stated that "the Ukrainian counteroffensive was limited and unsuccessful" - with such disparaging statements, the Kremlin seeks to "support the facade of its great military successes in Ukraine", according to the Institute for the Study of War (ISW).
British intelligence, referred to by the Ministry of Defense of Great Britain, states that it is still impossible to confirm the scale of Ukrainian achievements during the advance of Ukrainian troops in the south.
On August 29, the Russian army attacked Mykolaiv with two rockets. It is known about at least 24 wounded and 2 dead.
Around 10:00 a.m. on August 30, explosions rang out in Kharkiv — according to reports, eight strikes were recorded in the city centre, mayor Terekhov confirmed. There is destruction, a fire broke out in one of the recreation areas. According to preliminary information of the RMA, at least 5 people were killed and four others were injured.
At night, the Russian army launched a rocket attack on Zaporizhzhia, and the Chernihiv region was shelled with artillery. In the Dnipropetrovsk region, Russians shelled three districts. Powerful explosions continued all day and all night in the Kherson region, heavy fighting is taking place in the region. During August 29, Russian occupiers shelled populated areas of the Donetsk region for 26 times. Most of the shells were fired at Avdiivka, Bakhmut and Slovyansk.
The fifth meeting of the Contact Group on the Defense of Ukraine with Pentagon member Lloyd Austin, defense ministers and high-ranking officials of a number of countries will be held at the Ramstein Air Base on September 8.
Sweden will provide Ukraine with $50 million for defense, and Norway will help with the heating season.
On the eve of the meeting of the ministers of foreign affairs and defense of EU countries in Prague, Germany and France wrote a letter in which they suggest not to completely ban entry for Russian citizens, – Politico said. The ministers are expected to simply reach a political agreement to slow down the Russian visa process and make it more expensive.
The IAEA mission arrived in Kyiv — CNN journalists saw members of the delegation in Kyiv in the morning. Soon, a mission of 14 international experts, led by IAEA Director General Grossi, is to go to the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia NPP.
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On August 28, in the evening, the Russians shelled the Rivne region. Strikes were made on the object of military infrastructure. In the Dnipropetrovsk region: the Russian army shelled three districts — Nikopol, Synelnikiv, and Dnipro. Due to shelling of Nikopol, one person died, five were injured. On the evening of August 28, the Russian military attacked the industrial infrastructure of Mykolaiv with the Uragan surface-to-air missile. The Kharkiv region was repeatedly attacked: in particular, on the evening of August 28, the center of Kharkiv was shelled, and in the morning, the Kyiv district was shelled, presumably with cluster shells. One person is injured.
Fighting continues in Donbas. The Russian army tried unsuccessfully to advance in several directions, reports the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. A rocket attack and artillery shelling were recorded in Luhansk region. In the Donetsk region, 8 civilians were killed and 7 more were wounded due to shelling.
EU foreign ministers plan to support the idea of canceling the visa facilitation agreement with Russia. A decision may be made this week.
The Prosecutor General's Office reported that since the beginning of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, as of August 29, Ukrainian law enforcement officers have registered 44,938 crimes committed by the Russian Federation.
The Director General of the IAEA, Raphael Grossi, said that the mission to the Zaporizhzhia NPP is already on its way. Grossi announced this on Twitter. He also said that he personally led the mission.
As of August 29, Zaporizhzhia NPP operates with the risk of violating radiation and fire safety standards. The company "Energoatom" reported that during the last day, the Russian military continued to shell Energodar and the site of the ZNPP. As a result of this, 10 peaceful residents of Energodar received injuries of varying degrees of severity, four of them were employees of the nuclear plant. "The occupiers, preparing for the arrival of the IAEA mission, increased the pressure on the personnel of the ZNPP to prevent them from disclosing evidence of the occupiers' crimes at the plant and its use as a military base," the state-owned enterprise added.
According to independent Russian media reports, due to the problems Russia is facing in its war against Ukraine, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has now been removed from the Russian leadership. Operational commanders inform President Putin directly about the progress of the war. This was announced by the Ministry of Defense of Great Britain with reference to the data of British intelligence.
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The Ukrainian military repelled the attempts of the Russian armed formations to attack in the Kharkiv region - near Svitlychny, and in the Donetsk region - in the Slovyansk, Avdiivsk and Novopavlovsk directions, the General Staff reports. In the Kherson region, the Armed Forces of Ukraine struck the control points of the Russian army — in Kherson, Darivka, and Nova Kakhovka. Ammunition, 3 armored cars, an MSTA-S self-propelled artillery installation and 11 Russian soldiers were destroyed.
Russian propagandist and mercenary Ihor Mangushev staged a public stand-up performance, taking with him to the stage a skull that, according to him, belongs to a Ukrainian soldier from "Azovstal". Dmytro Lubinets, the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, said that despite the speech arranged by the Russian, Ukrainians should control their emotions and continue to document the crimes of the Russian Federation. He also reminded that the bodies of those killed in war should be treated with respect and dignity.
Poland and the Czech Republic will protect Slovakia's airspace as it decommissions its MiG-29 fighter jets, and Ukraine may receive these aircraft.
This was reported to the Ministry of Defense of Slovakia. The agreement on patrolling the airspace of Slovakia will enter into force on September 1.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's decree to increase the size of the army is unlikely to increase the combat power of the Russian Federation in the war against Ukraine, since Russia has already lost many soldiers, and there are very few willing to go on a contract. This was reported by the Ministry of Defense of Great Britain. Earlier, on August 25, Vladimir Putin signed a decree to increase the size of the Russian army by 137,000 people. The decree enters into force on January 1, 2023.
In the temporarily occupied territory of the Kherson region, Russian military personnel will live in schools, where the educational process will take place at the same time, in order to avoid shelling by the Armed Forces. Deputy director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Serhiy Danilov, announced this.
200,000 tons of grain of the new harvest, collected in the fields of the occupied Luhansk region, were exported to Russia. This was reported by Lyubov Bezkorovaina, deputy director of the Department of Agro-Industrial Development of the Luhansk Regional State Administration.
EU foreign ministers plan to support the idea of terminating the visa facilitation agreement with Russia, the Financial Times reports citing its own sources among European officials. As a first step, ministers plan to provide political support for suspending the deal at a two-day meeting in Prague scheduled for August 30
Ukraine informed the IAEA about renewed shelling at the site of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in recent days. On August 25-27, shelling took place at the ZNPP. Hits were recorded in the special housings of the station, located 100 meters from the reactor housings. Some water pipes were also damaged, but they were repaired. The head of the IAEA, Raphael Grossi, said that he continues consultations with all parties with the aim of organizing an IAEA expert mission to the ZNPP in the next few days. At the same time, Energoatom reported that the radiation cloud in the event of a severe accident at the Zaporizhia NPP will cover part of southern Ukraine and southwestern regions of Russia.
Almost 45,000 crimes related to the military invasion of the Russian Federation have been registered in Ukraine. This is reported by the Prosecutor General's Office.
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The Armed Forces forced the Russian troops to retreat in the Kharkiv, Slavyansk, Kramatorsk, Bakhmut, Avdiiv and Novopavlovsk directions.
Over the last day, the Russians suffered the biggest losses in a day in the Donetsk direction. In particular, the Russian army lost about 250 soldiers per day, the total number of Russian personnel losses reached 46,750 soldiers. Also, during the day, the Russian Federation lost six tanks and armored vehicles, five artillery systems and several drones.
At night, the Russians shelled Zaporizhzhia, attacks were also recorded in the suburbs of Melitopol. Also, a Russian missile hit near a children's camp in Kharkiv Oblast. The area of the Kramatorsk railway station and the center of Sloviansk came under Russian shelling: there were no casualties or injuries.
On August 28, another 6 ships with Ukrainian grain left the ports of Odesa region. Currently, other bulk carriers continue to be loaded in the ports of Greater Odesa. The process is coordinated by the Joint Coordination Center. It includes representatives of the UN, Turkey, Ukraine and Russia.
Russia blocked the UN declaration on nuclear weapons because of the mention of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. The IAEA has already formed a mission that will visit the Zaporizhzhia NPP — it will be headed by the head of the agency, Raphael Grossi. The visit is expected next week, according to The New York Times.
Experts from 13 different countries will join the mission. Among them there will be no representatives of the USA and Great Britain, because Russia considers them biased towards Ukraine.
Ukrainian intelligence claims that the Russian Federation has 45% of the missiles it had before the war.
The US began to use more sea transportation to deliver weapons to Ukraine. The Pentagon expanded the use of sea transportation for the delivery of weapons to Ukraine. At the beginning of the war, aviation was used for this purpose, then with the increase in the supply of heavy military equipment and artillery, which requires a large amount of ammunition, preference is given to the sea route.
Ukraine successfully uses the method of resistance warfare developed in the USA. According to CNN, it is about the "Operational Concept of Resistance" (Resistance Operating Concept/ROC). The concept of resistance was developed in 2013 after Russia's war with Georgia. The approach is guided not only by the Ukrainian military, but also by the civilian population of the country as part of the concerted resistance to the Russian army. The doctrine of resistance involves violent actions, including the use of Molotov cocktails, deliberate arson, and the addition of chemicals to gas tanks to sabotage enemy vehicles, and calls for an extensive messaging campaign to prevent the spread of hostile messages and maintain population unity.
On August 28, a 430-meter-long flag of Ukraine was unfurled in Kyiv. The flag was unfurled across the Park Pedestrian Bridge to Trukhaniv Island, the correspondent of Suspilne reports.
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Russia shelled 7 regions. On the night and morning of August 27, there were loud explosions in Zaporizhzhia. In the Dnipropetrovsk region, the Russian military shelled the Nikopol district seven times and Kryvorizky district three times during the night. Kharkiv region: the city center and several other districts of the city and region were shelled at night. Mykolaiv and Kherson regions were shelled.
Serhii Gaidai, the head of the Luhansk region, said that Russia has increased its firepower, but it has no operational success at the front. According to him, on the night of August 27, the Russians launched 23 artillery barrages, in particular, they used MLRS. Three tank offensives were carried out, and four missile strikes were carried out.
Over the past five days, the intensity of Russian assaults in the Donetsk direction has also increased. British intelligence suggests that Russia has stepped up attacks in Donbas to draw additional units of the Armed Forces there amid reports of Ukraine's plans for a counteroffensive.
On August 26, in the temporarily occupied village of Kamianka in the Zaporizhzhia region, the Russian military fired at residential buildings for the purpose of provocation. So far, five dead are known, among them two children.
The representative of the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Vadym Skibitsky, said that the territory of Belarus poses a threat to Ukraine, and this is primarily a threat of missile strikes both from the air and from the ground. One division of the "Iskander" missile complex, which carries out missile launches, three divisions of C-400 and S-300 are located on the territory of Belarus, he said. Tu-22M3 bombers, which can carry cruise missiles, threaten the country's airspace.
In connection with hostilities, the Ukrainian government plans to evacuate the population from part of Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia, and Mykolaiv regions. At the same time, the evacuees are promised monetary assistance.
In the evening of August 26, the second power unit of Zaporizhzhia NPP was connected to the grid, reports Energoatom. In the meantime, Ukraine has purchased the necessary drugs to protect the thyroid gland in the event of an accident at the ZNPP in order to deliver it to medical facilities in time, taking into account where the radioactive dust will spread in the event of an accident at the ZNPP.
The head of the IAEA hopes for the admission of the mission to the ZNPP in the coming days. According to The Wall Street Journal, the visit may take place on August 29. Ukraine told the agency that the ZANP has permanent access to off-site power for cooling and security, and that one reactor unit has been reconnected to the national grid.
Amnesty International commented on the plans of the Russian Federation regarding the so-called "trial" of the fighters of the "Azov" regiment. Human rights defenders emphasized that Russian mock trials of prisoners of war in Mariupol are illegal and "a mockery of justice."
The Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine reported that 44 vessels transported a million tons of agricultural products from the ports of Odesa region in almost a month through the "grain corridor".
The US Ministry of Defense concluded a contract for 182 million dollars. with the company Raytheon Missiles & Defense for the manufacture of NASAMS anti-aircraft missile systems, which will be transferred to Ukraine. The estimated date of completion of the works is August 23, 2024.
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During the night, the occupiers shelled the Dnipropetrovsk region for 9 times. The Mykolaiv Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Kherson regions and the Donbas were also shelled. The day before, on August 25, the Sumy region came under GRAD fire and mortar shelling.
The IAEA stated that the ZNPP has restored the connection with the energy system of Ukraine, but all 6 units remain disconnected. Previously, the actions of the Russian occupiers caused a complete disconnection of the ZNPP from the power grid. Previously, regulators warned that the loss of all power sources could lead to a "Fukushima scenario."
Zelenskyi had a telephone conversation with Biden. The leaders of the states discussed Ukraine's next steps on the way to defeating the aggressor and the importance of holding Russia accountable for war crimes.
The statement of the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, Sergei Shoigu, that Russia is deliberately slowing down the pace of its military campaign in Ukraine, guided by the need to reduce casualties among the civilian population, is deliberate misinformation. This was announced by the Ministry of Defense of Great Britain with reference to the data of British intelligence. Russia's offensive stalled due to Russia's poor military performance and fierce Ukrainian resistance, intelligence sources said. According to them, Shoigu and President Putin fired at least six generals for insufficient speed of advancement.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree increasing the number of Russian army personnel by 137,000 to 1.15 million. The decree enters into force on January 1, 2023.
Latvia supports Ukraine in the investigation of Russian war crimes. Latvian prosecutors are collecting evidence, in particular, regarding the filtration camps through which Ukrainians relocated to the Russian Federation pass. About 80 citizens of Ukraine who reached Latvia from Russia have already been interrogated.
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In the Kharkiv Region, the Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled the Russian offensive near Petrivka. In the Donetsk region, Russian attacks near Dolyna and Dmytrivka (Slovyansk direction) and near Kodema and Bakhmutske were repulsed (this is how Russians are trying to advance on Bakhmut). Near Avdiivka, the Russian army tried to advance in the area of Pervomaiske, but had no success. In the Mykolayiv region, the Ukrainian army repelled Russian attacks in the Blahodatne district, and in the Kherson region — near Tavriyske, the General Staff reports.
The Zaporizhzhia NPP was completely disconnected from the power grid for the first time, Enerhoatom reported. This happened due to fires at the Zaporizhzhia TPP ash dumps, located next to the Zaporizhzhia NPP. Start-up operations are currently underway to connect one of the power units to the grid. At the same time, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Raphael Grossi, said that sending the IAEA mission to the Zaporizhzhia NPP is "inevitable". UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said that the UN will support any IAEA mission through the territory of Ukraine to the ZNPP.
The European Union strongly condemns the Russian missile attack on the settlement of Chaplyne, said the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell. And the UN humanitarian coordinator for Ukraine, Denise Brown, called on "all parties" to follow the international law. It is about the Russian shelling of the Chaplyne railway station in the Dnipropetrovsk region with four missiles, which took place on August 24, on the Independence Day of Ukraine. As a result of the shelling, five passenger cars of the train caught fire. Another rocket destroyed a private house. 25 people died, 31 people were injured. In total, during the day of August 24, Russians shelled 58 Ukrainian settlements, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Yevhenii Yenin said.
About 500 bodies of Ukrainian soldiers have already been returned from Mariupol, the patronage service "Azov" reported. According to Olena Tolkachova, the head of the "Azov" patronage service, the bodies of the soldiers are in bad condition. It is impossible to identify them visually, so experts are involved.
Ukraine has already returned 53 children from Russia, Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said. But she added that parents, relatives or acquaintances of children who were probably kidnapped and taken to the Russian Federation can apply to the Ministry of Reintegration regarding their search.
Spain sent approximately 20 armored vehicles, 75 pallets of field artillery ammunition and a full air defense battery to Ukraine. This was reported by the Ministry of Defense of the country. In addition, Spain will give Ukraine a thousand tons of diesel, as well as military uniforms for the winter. Shipment should be in September.
More than 200,000 tons of Ukrainian agricultural products have already been exported through the "grain corridor" through the Black Sea. This was reported by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.
Elon Musk's company SpaceX, which is behind the Starlink global satellite systems development project, has reduced prices for satellite internet for Ukraine and a number of other countries. In Ukraine, the subscription fee for Starlink will decrease from $100 to $60.
Yuliia Svyrydenko, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy of Ukraine, said that Ukraine's economy should stabilize and can grow by 15.5% next year. But it all depends on the war scenario. According to the minister, current forecasts for gross domestic product in 2023 range from a further contraction of 0.4% to growth of 15.5%, after a likely drop of 30-35% this year.
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On Independence Day, August 24, the Russians intensified their shelling of Ukraine: in a day they shelled 58 populated areas, First Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Yevgeny Yenin said. The air alert on Independence Day in Ukraine was announced a total of 189 times.
On August 24, Russian troops shelled the village of Chapline in the Dnipropetrovsk region several times. During the first shelling, the rocket destroyed a private house. A woman and a child were rescued from the rubble, one child died. The second shelling was three rockets. They targeted the railway building and the railway station. The impact caused a fire in 5 passenger cars. According to data on the morning of August 25, 22 adults and three children were killed, and more than 30 were injured.
They fired all night in Dnipropetrovsk region. Strikes were recorded in four districts of the region. Also at night, the Russians shelled Chernihiv Oblast. Kharkiv and Mykolaiv Oblast were subjected to night shelling. At night, the Russians shelled the Kyiv region. Kryvyi Rih was attacked with cluster munitions.
On August 24, three people were killed and another person was injured in Soledar by shelling from the Russian invaders. Sloviansk was shelled in the morning, it passed without casualties.
Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation into Ukraine, 762 people have died in Donetsk region, and 1,953 people have been injured. It is currently impossible to establish the exact number of dead and wounded in Mariupol and Volnovakha.
On August 24, Boris Johnson visited Kyiv, where he announced a new aid package from Great Britain worth 54 million pounds. In particular, it will include 850 hand-held Black Hornet microdrones. President Zelensky awarded Johnson with the Order of Freedom.
US President Biden announced a package of military aid to Ukraine worth almost three billion dollars. It will include air defense systems, artillery systems and ammunition, unmanned aerial systems and radars.
The UN Security Council held a meeting on the anniversary of Ukrainian Independence on August 24. The meeting was convened by the USA and European countries represented in the Security Council (Great Britain, France, Norway, Ireland, Albania). Western and European countries, in particular the USA, Great Britain, Albania, and Norway, called on Russia to withdraw its troops from Ukraine and emphasized that the Russian Federation violates international law, the laws of warfare and must answer for its crimes. Representatives of China and African countries also condemned the war, and in particular the military actions threatening the Zaporizhia NPP. They called for a peaceful solution and negotiations. All countries welcomed the unblocking of Ukrainian grain exports from Black Sea ports.
Russia maintains an increased military presence on the territory of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, and the occupation of the plant poses risks to the operation of the reactors. This was reported by the Ministry of Defense of Great Britain with reference to intelligence data. On August 21, 2022, images showed Russia maintaining an increased military presence at the site with armored personnel carriers within 60 meters of Reactor No. 5, intelligence said.
GUR of the Ministry of Defense released footage of how on August 24, 2022, the Resistance Movement unfurled the flag of Ukraine over Mariupol and other occupied cities of Ukraine.
Since mid-March, Russian troops in Ukraine have lost a territory larger than the territory of Denmark. At the same time, in the last 39 days they managed to get a territory the size of Andorra. This is only one percent of the territory they lost. This is stated in the analytical report of the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW). On August 24, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that Russian forces are slowing down the overall pace of their offensive operations in Ukraine.
Shoigu also confirmed that Russia's goals in the war have not changed, analysts noted.
On Ukraine's Independence Day, Pope Francis said that the daughter of Kremlin ideologist Oleksandr Dugin, Daria, who was blown up in the suburbs of Moscow, is an "innocent victim of war." Ambassador of Ukraine to the Vatican Andriy Yurash expressed his disappointment with the words of the pontiff.
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August 24 is Ukrainian Independence Day and exactly six months since the full-scale Russian invasion. The Office of the President does not rule out that today Russia may increase the number of missile strikes on Ukrainian cities, including Kyiv.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy congratulated Ukrainians on the 31st anniversary of Independence. "Half a year ago, Russia declared war against us. On February 24, all of Ukraine heard explosions and shooting. And on August 24, we might not have heard the words: "Happy Independence Day." On February 24, we were told: "You have no chance." And now, on August 24, we say: Happy Independence Day, Ukraine!" said Zelensky.
More than 1,097 children were injured in Ukraine during six months of full-scale armed aggression of the Russian Federation. As of the morning of August 24, according to the official information of juvenile prosecutors, 374 children died and at least 723 were injured of various degrees of severity. This was reported in the Prosecutor General's Office. These data are not final.
On the morning of August 24, in Myrhorod, the Poltava region, four shellings were recorded over the city's infrastructure, the head of the regional administration, Lunin, reported. At midnight, the Russian army struck Zaporizhzhia. The Dnipropetrovsk and Kharkiv regions were shelled at night: peaceful areas of the city were attacked with rockets and MLRS. Three Kharkiv residents and a child are in the hospital because of these shellings. At night and in the morning, the Russian armed forces shelled the Mykolaiv region. As a result of the shelling of the city of Novy Buh, at least nine people were injured, there are children among them, the Mykolaiv Regional Military Administration reported.
The Donbas met August 24 restlessly. Settlements and fortifications of Ukrainian troops on the border of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions withstood three missile strikes and one air raid. For 13 times Russians fired from barrel artillery, and another 17 times from rocket launchers. Mortars were used five times. Six times Russians were forced to retreat when they tried to attack.
In the Donetsk region, one person was killed and two were injured in one day.
The Air Force of the Ukrainian Armed Forces reported that on the night of August 24, they shot down a Russian Ka-52 helicopter in the eastern direction.
The Security Service of Ukraine reported that it prevented the plans of the Russian special services to use relatives of the Ukrainian military to hold staged rallies in the Kyiv, Zhytomyr and Poltava regions on the eve of Independence Day. With such "protest actions", Russia intended to aggravate the socio-political situation in Ukraine. According to the idea of the Russian special services, the hired "protesters" were supposed to criticize and condemn the military command of Ukraine.
A meeting of the UN Security Council was held in New York, which was urgently called at the request of Russia. For the second time, the Russian Federation has appealed to the UN regarding Ukraine's accusation of shelling the Zaporizhia NPP. Most of the countries at this meeting called on Russia to withdraw its troops from the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. The Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the UN stated that in this way Russia is diverting information from the Security Council meeting scheduled for August 24, the topic of which will be the consequences of Russian aggression in Ukraine.
Alexandr Lukashenko, who allowed the Russian military to attack Ukraine from the territory of Belarus, congratulated Ukrainians on Independence Day. Lukashenko's wishing a "peaceful sky" is published on his official website.
The Pentagon released a photo of preparations for sending a new batch of weapons to Ukraine.
Ukraine's worst-case scenario regarding a military invasion of the Russian Federation is behind us, and ahead is a counteroffensive by the Armed Forces of Ukraine and a new stage of the war, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said in a CNN commentary. "We are in the process of stabilizing the entire battlefield or the front lines with little movement of units, and we have established a lot of good methods of restraining the enemy," he noted.
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The troops of the Russian Federation are concentrating their efforts on establishing full control over the territory of Donetsk region, maintaining the captured districts of Kherson, part of Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia, and Mykolaiv regions. During the day, the Armed Forces repelled several Russian attacks, the General Staff reports. The Ukrainian military destroyed ammunition warehouses and command posts of Russian troops in three settlements of the Kherson region. The defense forces struck the places of deployment of Russian troops in the Kherson region and on the territory of the Novovorontsov community of the Kherson region.
In Kyiv, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Polish President Andrzej Duda opened the Walk of the Brave on Constitution Square. Volodymyr Zelensky emphasized that this Alley will feature the names of political leaders and other representatives of partner countries that provide Ukraine with important support in the fight against the Russian Federation.
The Russians are shelling the ash dumps of the Zaporizhzhia TPP, reports the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. As a result of mortar strikes on ash pits, clouds of dust are formed, which are blown by the wind around Energodar, the city where the plant is located, increasing radiation levels.
Since February 24, Russia has launched about 750 missiles over Ukraine from the territory of the temporarily occupied Crimea, said Volodymyr Zelensky. "They destroyed at least hundreds of civilian objects: schools, universities, residential buildings. And that's why the restoration of Ukraine's control over the Crimean peninsula will be the biggest anti-war step in Europe," the Ukrainian president added.
The President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in a speech during the summit of the Crimean Platform, noted that non-recognition of the annexation of Crimea is and will remain the principle position of the country headed by him. "We consider the seizure of Crimea illegal and unconstitutional. This is our principled position from both a moral and a legal point of view," he said.
The Turkish government handed over 50 Kirpi armored vehicles to Ukraine and plans further deliveries. Defense News writes about this with reference to sources in the Turkish government and defense industry. According to a government source, the supply of armored vehicles to the Armed Forces of Ukraine was the result of a government agreement, not an agreement between Ukraine and the company BMC, which manufactures these armored vehicles.
Ukraine will receive 30 BVP-1 tracked infantry fighting vehicles from Slovakia. In return, Slovakia will receive 15 Leopard tanks from Germany. This was announced by the Minister of Defense of Slovakia, Jaroslav Nagy.
Germany and Japan will allocate more than 60 million dollars for the construction of permanent and temporary grain warehouses in Ukraine. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said this during a speech at the summit of the Crimean Platform. He also emphasized that Germany continues to provide weapons to Ukraine: "We are giving a new package that includes some air defense systems, MLRS, as well as armored vehicles."
In Russia, more than a thousand children from occupied Mariupol were illegally adopted in Tyumen, Irkutsk, Kemerovo and Altai Krai. This was reported by the Krasnodar Administration for Family and Childhood. More than 300 children are temporarily cared for in specialized institutions in the Krasnodar Territory.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced new sanctions against Russia during his speech at the second summit of the Crimean Platform. They will concern 62 people, as well as one enterprise of the defense sector.
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At night, the Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled Russian offensives in the Bakhmut, Avdiivka directions and near Vugledar, the General Staff reports. Also, the Russian army again shelled the Kryvorizky and Nikopol districts of the Dnipropetrovsk region. A fire broke out at the Shevchenko plant in Kharkiv. Shelling continues in Donbas. As of 8 a.m., this was reported to the Suspilne at the military-civilian administration headquarters.
As of the morning of August 23, Russia's total combat losses since February 24 are about 45,550 soldiers. This is stated in the notification of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. During the day, the Russian army lost about 150 soldiers.
The United States of America calls on its citizens to leave the territory of Ukraine. This is due to the increased threat of missile strikes "in the coming days". The day before, the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine urged Ukrainians to be especially careful on Independence Day due to the threat of missile attacks and provocations from Russia.
The Pentagon is sending Ukraine new weapons and equipment that will better prepare the Armed Forces for close contact combat. The Washington Post writes about it. This potentially signals that Kyiv sees an opportunity to regain lost ground after weeks of heavy artillery duels on the front line, the publication notes.
The Netherlands will allocate an additional aid package to Ukraine for support in the war and for the reconstruction of the country. This is reported on the website of the Ministry of Defense of the country. It is about more than 80 million euros.
Russian occupation officials in the Zaporizhia region covertly declared the region's independence from Ukraine, passing off Ukrainian citizens entering the occupied region as temporary asylum seekers. This is stated in the analytical report of the American Institute for the Study of War.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the risk of nuclear conflict has become the most serious in recent decades and called for an end to the rattling of nuclear weapons. He said this during a speech at a meeting of the UN Security Council initiated by Russia.
The former Chairman of the Constitutional Court, Oleksandr Tupytskyi, was declared wanted at the request of the prosecutors of the Office of the General Prosecutor. He is accused of unauthorized interference in the work of the automated system of the State Treasury Service of Ukraine. This was reported by the press service of the Prosecutor General's Office.
As of the morning of August 23, more than 1,097 children were injured in Ukraine as a result of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation. 374 children died and at least 723 were injured in various degrees of severity. Data — Office of the Prosecutor General.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy congratulated Ukrainians on National Flag Day and assured that he would return to every city and village temporarily occupied by the Russians.
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Almost 9,000 Ukrainian defenders died in the Russian Federation's war against Ukraine. This was said by the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valerii Zaluzhnyi.
Russian troops are conducting an offensive in six directions, in particular, they are trying to take full control over the territory of the Donetsk region and hold the captured districts of Kherson, part of the Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia, and Mykolaiv regions. The Armed Forces repulse the attacks. This is stated in the evening summary of the General Staff.
Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to the head of the President's Office, emphasized that Ukraine was not involved in the bombing of Daria Dugina, the daughter of Kremlin ideologist Alexandr Dugin. Earlier, it became known that on the evening of August 20, a car exploded in the Moscow suburbs, in which the daughter of the Kremlin ideologist Alexandr Dugin was inside. The FSB of Russia said that the woman suspected of having committed the murder served in the Azov regiment. The "Azov" regiment denied this.
Ukrainian defenders, who were captured by Russia, are kept by the occupiers in terrible conditions — in particular, the Russians torture and abuse them, as well as keep them in cramped cells where it is impossible to sleep. Ukrainian fighters who returned home after Russian captivity told about this during the press conference.
Moscow does not see the possibility of a diplomatic solution to end the war in Ukraine and expects a long conflict. The Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN in Geneva, Gennady Gatilov, told the Financial Times. According to Gatilov, the UN should play a greater role in efforts to end the conflict. He also accused the US and other NATO countries of pressuring Ukraine to withdraw from the negotiations. According to him, there will be no direct negotiations between the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, and the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyi.
About a million servicemen of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and other units of the Defense Forces are opposing the Russian army, Volodymyr Zelenskyi said. According to him, at the beginning of this year, before the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation, there were about 500,000 combatants in Ukraine.
The US Army is ready to conclude a contract for the supply of long-range and powerful Switchblade 600 kamikaze drones for Ukraine. This was reported in the Pentagon.
Ukraine received 5,000 Starlink satellite Internet terminals from Poland. This was announced by the Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba said that this year's "Crimean Platform", which will start on August 23, will become truly global — participation in the summit has been confirmed by 60 countries and international organizations, in particular from Africa and Latin American countries.
A representative of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights did not visit Ukrainian prisoners of war on the territory of the so-called "LPR". The press secretary of the UN Secretary General Stefan Dujarrik said this in a comment to Suspilne. The day before, the Russian mass media reported with reference to the "ombudsman of the LPR" that a representative of the UN visited Ukrainian prisoners of war in the pseudo-republic.
55% of the surveyed Ukrainians will consider the expulsion of Russian troops from the entire territory of Ukraine as a victory, and more than 90% believe in the victory of Ukraine in the war with Russia. These are the results of a new survey by the "Democratic Initiatives" Foundation named after Ilka Kucheriva and the sociological service of the Razumkov Centre.
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In the Kherson region near Chornobayivka, the Ukrainian army destroyed the ammunition depot of the Russian army. Also, the Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled most of the Russian attacks in the Donetsk region — in the Slavyansk, Bakhmut, Avdiivka, Novopavlivsk directions, and in the south of the country, but the Russian Federation was able to partially advance on two sections of the front — in the direction of Vasylky – Blahodatne (the Mykolaiv region) and in the direction of Lozivskyi — Pisky (the Donetsk region), the General Staff reports. The head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, once again stated that the Russian army had captured Pisky, but the city's military administration denied this.
There is a shortage of volunteers for contract service in Russia. Even despite the promise of monetary rewards to volunteers and members of their families, the Main Directorate of Intelligence of Ukraine says.
Deputies of the German Bundestag are in favor of expanding military aid to Ukraine, even if it temporarily weakens the military potential of the Bundeswehr. This is stated in a joint article by three members of the German Parliament — Christian Klink from the Social Democratic Party, Sara Nanni from the "Greens" and Alexander Müller from the Free Democratic Party.
The United States of America plans to transfer high-precision M982 Excalibur artillery shells to Ukraine, Politico reports citing its own sources. However, he says, these munitions will not be included in the next tranche of military aid for 800 million dollars. The M982 Excalibur is a precision-guided munition compatible with 155 mm digitally fire-controlled artillery mounts such as the US M777 or the French Caesar self-propelled guns.
As of the morning of August 21, 2022, Zaporizhzhia NPP operates with the risk of violating radiation and fire safety regulations. This was reported by Enerhoatom. The company noted that the station's Ukrainian staff continues to work to ensure nuclear and radiation safety, as well as to eliminate the consequences of damage caused by the actions of Russians.
Only one out of 20 Russian missiles hit military targets, the remaining 19 hit peaceful cities. This is reported by the Security Service of Ukraine.
Ukraine has fulfilled its obligations related to the Association Agreement with the EU by 70%, and is waiting for clarity on further steps, said Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olga Stefanishyna. Earlier, the head of the Verkhovna Rada, Ruslan Stefanchuk, said that the parliament should adopt a package of laws by the end of 2022, necessary to start negotiations on Ukraine's accession to the European Union.
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In Donetsk region, the Ukrainian Armed Forces repelled several assaults by Russians in the Slavyansk and Bakhmut directions. Fighting continues near Avdiivka. In the Mykolaiv Oblast, the Russian military is conducting an offensive in the direction of Vasylky — Blagodatne, and they have partial success — they have occupied the southern outskirts of Blagodatne, the General Staff reports.
During the night, Russian forces shelled cities and villages in eight regions of Ukraine, in particular they struck Mykolaiv, Nikopol, and Marganets and fired five Caliber missiles at Odesa region. Ukrainian air defense shot down two missiles over the sea. In Donbas, the Ukrainian Armed Forces repelled 13 Russian attacks. As of 8 a.m., this was reported in the summary of military-civilian administrations.
The American Institute for the Study of War believes that after attacks on military infrastructure in occupied Crimea, Russia is considering strengthening security on the peninsula, and such measures could distract Russian forces from the front line. "Russia's failure to stop attacks on occupied Crimea may also cause public discontent in the Russian society," the report says.
As of the morning of August 21, Russia's total combat losses since February 24 are about 45,200 servicemen. In a day, the Russians lost about 300 soldiers and a lot of equipment, according to the report of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
In the suburbs of Moscow, a car exploded in which the daughter of the ideologue of the "Russian world" Oleksandr Dugin was inside. This is reported by TASS. The explosion occurred in the evening of August 20 on the Mozhaisky highway in the area of the village of Velyki Vyazemy. Darya Platonova (Dugina) died on the spot. The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation initiated a case under the article "on murder committed in a generally dangerous manner."
Russia may increase the number of missile attacks on certain Ukrainian cities, including Kyiv, on Independence Day. This was stated by the adviser to the head of the Office of the President Mykhailo Podolyak. "They hate us, so they will try to increase the number of cruise missile attacks on a number of our cities on August 23-24. "Certainly, Kyiv will be on the list of these cities," said Podolyak.
As of the morning of August 21, at least 1,094 children were injured in Ukraine as a result of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation. 373 children died and more than 721 were injured to the various degrees of severity. Data — Office of the Prosecutor General.
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On the morning of August 19, the Russians began shelling Sumy Oblast with mortars. In the morning, the occupiers shelled Kharkiv with rockets, one person was killed. Also in the morning, the Russian army launched a missile attack on Mykolaiv. During the day, fighting continued almost on the entire territory of the Kherson region. In Donbas, the Ukrainian Armed Forces repelled ten Russian attacks. The military-civilian administrations reported about this as of 8 a.m.
On the frontlines, in the eastern and southern directions, shelling continues along the contact line. In Donetsk region, there are battles in the Slovyansk, Avdiivsk and Bakhmut directions, most of the attacks of the Russian armed forces have been repulsed, the General Staff reports.
As of the morning of August 19, Russia's total combat losses since February 24 amount to about 44,700 servicemen, the General Staff reports. The Russians lost 400 servicemen in a day.
The FSB of Russia tried to install "bugs" on the sidelines of the Verkhovna Rada, the Security Service of Ukraine reports. Counterintelligence revealed the fact of the recruitment of a former employee of the Apparatus of the Verkhovna Rada by the special services of the Russian Federation. On the instructions of his Russian curator, the agent was supposed to collect intelligence about the visits of foreign delegations to the Ukrainian parliament. In particular, about their personal composition, the content of official and informal conversations.
The Russians are forcing the Armed Forces of Ukraine to defend Kharkiv in order to prevent counterattacks elsewhere, according to a report by the Ministry of Defense of Great Britain. The report also notes that Russian troops hold the Kharkiv sector relatively weakly, but continue to conduct local raids and "probing attacks against Ukrainian forces".
The administration of President Joe Biden is preparing a new military aid package for Ukraine in the amount of about 800 million dollars. It can be announced on August 19. This was reported by Reuters with reference to three sources familiar with the matter. Estonia also approved a new military aid package for Ukraine. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Defense of the country. These are additional lethal support such as mortars and anti-tank weapons.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is going to take part in the summit of the G20 countries on November 15-16 on the Indonesian island of Bali. Indonesian President Joko Widodo said this in an interview with Bloomberg. According to Widodo, Putin announced his desire to come to the summit. According to the President of Indonesia, the President of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping, also intends to visit Bali.
As of the morning of August 19, more than 1,078 children were injured in Ukraine as a result of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation. 362 children died and at least 716 were injured in various degrees of severity. This was reported in the Prosecutor General's Office.
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres met in Lviv. The parties discussed the initiative to overcome the food crisis, the post-war reconstruction of Ukraine, the situation at the Zaporizhzhia NPP and a number of other issues. The meeting lasted 40 minutes. According to the media, Erdogan initiated the talks between Zelenskyi and Putin. After the meeting, the President of Ukraine stated that they are possible only if the Russian troops leave the illegally occupied territory of Ukraine.
In the Donetsk region, the Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled the Russian offensive in the Mykolaivka-Vyimka direction (the road to Kramatorsk), and from several villages through which the Russian army is attacking Bakhmut, Avdiivka, and Pisky, the General Staff reports.
More than 600 million hryvnias, which the Serhiy Prytula Charitable Fund managed to save from the "Bayraktar" collection, were spent on a satellite of the Finnish company ICEYE for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. It allows to scan objects in any weather conditions and "see" through obstacles, even walls.
On August 17-18, Kharkiv suffered the largest losses from Russian shelling in terms of the number of dead and wounded people since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Russia, said the mayor of the city Ihor Terekhov. On the evening of August 17, Russian militaries fired a rocket at a dormitory in the Saltivsky district of the city, killing at least seven people. On the morning of August 18, the Russian army launched seven S-300 missiles on Kharkiv and the region. With them, they hit a dormitory in the Slobidsky district of the city. 13 people died.
Russia is concentrating a large number of transport-launch containers with missiles for the S-300 complexes near the borders with Ukraine and in the occupied territories. The Armed Forces of Ukraine has admitted that the Russian Federation is preparing a massive shelling of Ukrainian cities on August 24, the day of Ukraine's Independence.
Most likely, Russian armed formations are preparing a provocation on the territory of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant on August 19. In particular, the occupiers ordered to reduce the number of personnel at the station and evacuated Rosatom employees, the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine reported. At the same time, the Ministry of Defense of Russia is spreading statements about the alleged preparation of a "terrorist attack" by the Armed Forces, intelligence officers noted.
The Human Rights Commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada, Dmytro Lubinets, has still not received answers from the Russian side regarding the possibility of visiting the territory of the former penal colony in Olenivka, in the temporarily occupied territory of the Donetsk region, where Ukrainian prisoners of war were killed in an explosion on the night of July 29. The official also reported that the Ukrainian side still has not received official lists of the dead and wounded in Olenivka.
The flow of international aid to Ukraine ran out in July. No major EU country, such as Germany, France, or Italy, has taken on significant new commitments, and military aid to Ukraine from European states, primarily the largest, has dropped to almost zero. This is the conclusion reached by analysts of the Kiel Institute of the World Economy, who monitor the amount of aid in Ukraine Support Tracker.
Slovakia will continue to provide armed support to Ukraine despite attempts by the Russian Federation to disrupt the supply of fighter jets. This was announced by the Minister of Defense Yaroslav Nad`. He added that this autumn, the government wants to hand over a fleet of MiG-29 aircraft to Ukraine for 300 million euros.
Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation of Ukraine, 906 health care facilities have been damaged, 123 of them have been completely destroyed, Minister of Health Viktor Liashko said.
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On the night of August 17, Russian troops launched a missile attack on the Odesa region. As a result of the impact of two rockets, destruction and fires broke out at one of the recreation centers and in several private buildings nearby. 4 people were injured.
In Kharkiv Oblast, during the day, the Russian occupiers launched artillery and rocket attacks on the city and the region. The Defense Headquarters recorded the launch of more than 5 missiles from the territory of the Russian Federation. Dnipropetrovsk region was also shelled. In Mykolaiv, a university building was targeted. In the afternoon of August 16, a missile was fired at the military airfield in Zhytomyr region.
More than a thousand people died in Kharkiv Oblast from Russian aggression. This is evidenced by the data of the international organization Human Rights Watch, published on August 16. All documented attacks in various settlements of the Kharkiv region were carried out by Russia with the use of explosive weapons with a wide range of action and prohibited cluster munitions, according to the report.
Ukraine may consider the Crimean bridge, which connects the occupied peninsula with the Russian mainland, as a legitimate military target. Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to the head of the President's Office, said this in an interview with The Guardian.
Russia's strategic goals remain unchanged: regime change in Kyiv and ensuring territorial control over most of Ukraine. This is stated in the analytical report of the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW). Analysts say that despite Putin's rhetoric, which only talks about the "liberation" of Donbas, Russia's global goals, such as seizing Ukraine, have not changed.
UN Secretary General Guterres will visit Ukraine for the second time since the beginning of the war: on August 18, he will come to Lviv, where he will meet with the President of Ukraine Zelenskyi and the President of Turkey Erdogan (who will visit Ukraine for the first time since the beginning of the invasion), and then he will go to the port of Odesa.
The Washington Post published a story about Putin's plans before a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, which the US President Joe Biden's administration knew about in the fall of 2021. The plans of the Russian Federation included the seizure of most of Ukraine. The Russians planned to capture Kyiv in 3-4 days, Russian special forces were to find and eliminate President Volodymyr Zelensky, killing him if necessary, and install a puppet government friendly to the Kremlin. Separately, Russian troops were to come from the east and pass through the center of Ukraine to the Dnipro, and troops from the temporarily occupied Crimea to seize the southeastern coast of the Dnipro. Then there was a plan: to move west, to the line from Moldova to western Belarus, leaving the remnants of the Ukrainian state in the west - a territory that, according to Putin's calculations, was inhabited by "incorrigible neo-Nazi Russophobes".
In an interview with the Washington Post, President Zelensky, answering the question of why Ukrainians were not warned about the Russian invasion in advance, said that it would have caused mass panic and people leaving, and "Ukraine would not have lasted more than three days."
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Russian troops are attacking in several directions in Donbas. They reached partial success in the direction of Solodke-Novomykhailivka, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. According to the head of the Luhansk Oblast Administration Serhii Haidai, fighting continues on three border sites between Luhansk oblast and Donetsk oblast. Four tank attacks and four air strikes were carried out around the Lysychansk refinery last night.
During the night, the Russian army intensively shelled Kharkiv with missiles and MLRS. Seven rockets were fired from the direction of the Russian Belgorod. Russians shelled Nikopol and Kryvyi Rih districts of the Dnipropetrovsk region. Two people were injured. Also, Russian troops continue to shell the Mykolaiv region: one person was killed, and one more wounded.
AFU are already using six M109 self-propelled howitzers, handed over by Latvia, in combat, announced Minister of Defence Oleksii Reznikov.
Explosions were heard in the Dzhankoi district of the Russian-occupied Crimea on the morning of August 16. Local Telegram channels and the occupation media started reporting the explosions around 7 a.m. Later, the self-proclaimed head of Crimea Aksionov confirmed the explosions and announced that two people were injured. Russian MoD claimed that "some ammunition has detonated" and "the situation is under control". Neither the General Staff nor any other command of the Ukrainian Armed Forces has commented on these explosions. Adviser to the Head of the Presidential Office Mykhailo Podoliak wrote "Demilitarisation in action".
The Institute for the Study of War reported that there was a split in the Russian forces fighting in Ukraine: "LPR" militants refused to continue fighting in the Donetsk region and complained about the exhausting pace of the offensive outside the Luhansk region.
Five more foreign citizens of the UK, Sweden and Croatia who fought on the Ukrainian side were charged with mercenarism in the so-called "Donetsk People's Republic". They all refused to plead guilty in the so-called "Supreme Court of the DPR".
Zaporizhzhia NPP continues to operate with the risk of violation of radiation and fire safety standards. The periodic MLRS shelling by Russian troops caused a serious risk to the safe functioning of the station. NPP reports that there are risks of hydrogen leakage and spraying of radioactive substances, and the fire hazard is high as well.
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In the Kharkiv region, the Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled Russian attacks in the direction of Kozacha Lopan' — Udy. In the Donetsk region, the Ukrainian army stopped the assault of the Russian troops in the direction of Dovhenke — Mazanivka (this is the way to Slovyansk) and on the way to Bakhmut in the areas of Ivano-Daryivka, Vyiimka and Vesele, and near Maryinka.
The Russian publisher "Vazhnye istorii", which specializes in journalistic investigations, established the names of Russian soldiers involved in the killing of Ukrainian civilians in the village of Andriyivka, the Kyiv region. One of the Russians confessed to the crimes during an interview. Thus, Russian military officer Danylo Frolkin, talking about the "execution of the civilian population", admitted that he killed a Ukrainian in March because he allegedly disclosed the coordinates of Russian army units. According to him, the commanders ordered to "take off the civilians", and they "don't treat Russian private soldiers like human beings."
The National Armed Forces of Latvia handed over four combat helicopters to Ukraine. This was announced by the Minister of Defense of the country, Artis Pabriks.
New Zealand is sending another 120 New Zealand Defense Force servicemen to Great Britain to help train the Ukrainian troops. They will join other partner countries in the UK's efforts to train 10,000 Ukrainian servicemen.
The Verkhovna Rada adopted a draft law on allocating 270 billion hryvnias of additional costs to the state budget through domestic lending. The state plans to transfer the main funds to military needs.
Also, the Verkhovna Rada allowed the forced confiscation of property during the war. The draft law concerns the forced seizure of equipment that can be used for the defense-industrial complex. Also, movable and immovable property can be transferred to the management of the National Agency for Identification, Search and Management of Assets Obtained from Corruption and Other Crimes.
The Verkhovna Rada approved the law on "customs visa exemption". Among other things, the document simplifies customs clearance for reliable enterprises, provides the status of a financial guarantor and ensures the payment of customs payments. The draft law also provides for the introduction of a European complaint handling mechanism and the continuation of the digitalization of customs, which should speed up its passage and reduce corruption risks.
According to security indicators, about 40% of institutions in the territory controlled by Ukraine are ready for the new academic year, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Kateryna Pavlichenko said. "But the local self-government bodies will independently decide on the resumption of the educational process," she added.
Latvia is resuming the program for providing rehabilitation services to wounded Ukrainian military personnel. Treatment will resume from August 15, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia informs. Also, the Ministry of Veterans Affairs of Ukraine launched a register of psychological rehabilitation service providers for veterans and their families.
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Donbas. The Russian military tried to advance on Sloviansk, Kramatorsk, Avdiivka, and Bakhmut directions, however, had to retreat after the attacks were repelled, according to the General Staff. The centre of Sloviansk came under fire.
For more than a week, invaders claim on social media that they have captured Pisky. Yet Pisky remains under the control of AFU, said the Eastern command spokesman Serhii Cherevatyi.
On August 14, the Armed Forces of Ukraine attacked the headquarters of Russian mercenaries from the private military company Wagner based in the occupied city of Popasna, Luhansk region. This was reported by the head of the Luhansk Oblast Administration Serhii Haidai. The number of mercenaries killed is being clarified.
This morning, the Russian Federation shelled Kharkiv. The rockets hit near a public transport stop. At least five people were injured. Kharkiv was also shelled during the night: at least 12 explosions were heard in the city. Four districts of the Kharkiv region were attacked with tanks and artillery. The number of casualties is currently unknown.
Explosions were also heard in Mykolaiv: an educational institution and a hotel on the outskirts of the city were damaged. Several communities of the Bashtanka district were also shelled, reported the head of regional military administration Vitalii Kim. According to preliminary information, there are no casualties. Nikopol and Synelnykovo districts of the Dnipropetrovsk region suffered shelling too, a social infrastructure object was destroyed in the latter according to the head of regional administration Valentyn Reznichenko.
Russians lost about 200 servicemen and 27 tanks and armoured vehicles in the past day, as well as one helicopter and five artillery systems, reports the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The total combat losses of Russia since the beginning of the full-scale offensive on Ukraine reached about 43,750 servicemen.
The Armed Forces took full fire control of all Russian logistics routes in Kherson Oblast. None of the bridges across the Dnipro River is suitable for transportation of heavy military equipment or ammunition, announced Kherson regional administration.
42 countries issued a joined statement calling on Russia to immediately withdraw troops from Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant and its immediate surroundings "so that the operator and the Ukrainian authorities can resume their sovereign responsibilities within Ukraine’s internationally recognised borders and the legitimate operating staff can conduct their duties without outside interference, threat, or unacceptably harsh working conditions."
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According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Ukrainian military in Donetsk region fired at Russians who tried to scout the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Serebryanka area and near Vesely, Spirny and Ivano-Daryivka in the Kramatorsk direction. In the direction of Bakhmut, Ukrainian soldiers neutralized a reconnaissance group of the Russian Federation in the area of Soledar.
At night, the Armed Forces of Ukraine once again struck the Antonivskyi road bridge, which connects the right and left banks of the temporarily occupied part of the Kherson region, Natalya Humenyuk, spokeswoman for the Operational Command "South", reported. According to her, the attack was made in order to establish the status of the bridge as impassable — it is one of the bridges through which the Russians transfer equipment and ammunition to their troops in the Kherson region.
During the day of August 13, the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine destroyed about fifteen armored fighting vehicles of the Russian Federation and dozens of soldiers. This is reported by the command of the Air Force.
The Russians once again shelled Energodar, the city where the Zaporizhia NPP is located. "As a result of the shelling, an employee of the Zaporizhzhya NPP, shop foreman Marko Maksym Petrovych, was killed. Two more energy workers were injured and have now been sent to the specialized medical and sanitary unit of Energodar," said Mayor Dmytro Orlov.
The European Union and 15 other countries put forward Russia's demands regarding the Zaporizhzhia NPP: to immediately withdraw troops from the station and the entire territory of Ukraine. The joint statement was published on the website of the EU delegation to international organizations in Vienna. The participants emphasized that the placement of Russian military and weapons at the nuclear facility: "is unacceptable and violates the principles of security and guarantees that all IAEA members have undertaken to respect."
Russian troops attack the civilian infrastructure of Ukraine much more often than military facilities. Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, the Russian army has hit more than 22,000 civilian objects and about 300 military personnel. This was announced by the First Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Yevhen Yenin.
Poland is working on a concept that will allow Russians to be denied visas. This was announced by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Piotr Vavzyk. But he added that Polish diplomacy has been conducting negotiations on this topic with some member states for several weeks, and Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, the Czech Republic and Slovakia also have a similar view on these issues.
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Russian troops shelled Mykolaiv: a rocket exploded near a residential building. One injury was reported so far. Dnipropetrovsk and Kharkiv regions were shelled as well.
On the night of August 14, the Russian military shelled Sloviansk in Donbas, reported the head of the Sloviansk city administration Vadym Liakh. The whole situation in Donbas remains difficult and tense, said the spokesman for the Eastern Command. "For more than a week, invaders claim on social media that they have captured Pisky. In fact, that's not true. Pisky is still controlled by the AFU".
Russian military shelled the Zaporizhzhya NPP once again on August 13 according to the mayor of Enerhodar Mr Orlov. Local residents report that the shelling is carried out from the city's park zone.
The Institute for the Study of War analysed the consequences of Ukrainian strikes on bridges across Dnipro in the Kherson region. The report states that Russians would feel the aftereffect in a few days or weeks, depending on how many reserves they have been able to stockpile on the Dnipro's western bank and how successfully Ukrainian forces find and destroy these stocks. ISW analysts note that if the Ukrainian Armed Forces destroyed all three bridges across Dnipro in the Kherson region and can prevent the Russians from restoring their operations, the Russian troops on the western bank of Dnipro likely won't be able to defend.
Germany blocked Russian aircraft due to sanctions. According to the German Ministry of Transport, ten Russian aircraft are currently residing at airfields in Germany. They cannot leave the country because of the sanctions against Russia, writes DW.
The Canadian military flew to the UK: instructors of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry regiment will conduct combat training for Ukrainian soldiers within the Unifier program. The program was suspended before Russia's full-scale invasion, hence it’s the first time this year that Canadian troops train Ukrainian fighters.
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Russian armed units are attacking the positions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the directions of Bakhmut and Avdiivka, where fighting continues. At the same time, the Ukrainian army repelled attacks in the directions of Slovyansk and Kramatorsk, as well as in the south of Ukraine, the General Staff reports. In the Kherson region, the leadership of the Russian army is moving to the left bank of the Dnieper, while the soldiers of the Russian Federation remain on the right bank. These positions of the Russian military have recently been shelled by the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
In the city of Brovary, Kyiv region, relatives of the "Azov" regiment servicemen staged the action "Olenivka — the new Auschwitz" with the demand to bring Ukrainian prisoners back home.
Despite offensives and counteroffensives, Ukraine and Russia will most likely not resort to decisive military actions this year, so it is worth preparing for a long conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation, said the head of military intelligence of Great Britain, Lt. Col. Jim Hockenhull.
Slovak Defense Minister Jaroslav Nad said that the first four Zuzana self-propelled howitzers, which were handed over by the country, are already at the disposal of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and are ready for deployment.
Slovakia plans to transfer its MiG-29 fighters to Ukraine next month. This was reported by the Slovak TV channel RTVS with reference to the Minister of Defense of the country Jaroslav Nad.
From July 1, the Ministry of Statistics and the General Staff of the Armed Forces launched a joint project to raise funds for 200 drones for the army. In the first month, more than 750 million hryvnias were transferred to the "Army of Drones", which is almost half of the required amount, said the head of the State Intelligence Service Yurii Shchygol.
The apartments, that are being built for displaced people, will be provided to servicemen, doctors and police officers after the war, when the displaced people return to their homes, said Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Kyrylo Tymoshenko. It's about five-story buildings that will be built within 5-6 months in 16 regions of Ukraine — 2,000 apartments in each region. Their cost with all furniture and equipment will be about $700-800 per square meter.
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The Russian army is focusing its efforts on establishing full control over the territories of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions and maintaining the temporarily captured areas of the Kherson, Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia and Mykolaiv regions, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reports.
On the evening of August 12, the Russian army struck Zaporizhzhia: infrastructure facilities were destroyed. One woman who was taken to the hospital died. Two more people were injured.
In Kherson region, Russian troops shelled Posad-Pokrovsky, Stepova Dolyna and 27 other settlements with tanks and artillery. Units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine struck another blow on the bridge over the dam in Nova Kakhovka — this road is no longer usable.
The Russian military shelled the private sector of Kramatorsk — at least three people were killed and more than 10 were wounded, the head of the regional administration Kyrylenko said. The shelling damaged at least 20 houses.
In the Kyiv region, the body of a resident who was shot by the Russian military during the occupation of the Buchan district was discovered. According to the Bucha city council, his daughter was kidnapped and taken to the territory of Belarus on February 28.
Ukraine has returned the bodies of 522 dead soldiers who were on the lists of missing persons, and is working to return all of them, Kotenko, the Commissioner for Missing Persons in Special Circumstances, said.
Ukraine calls on the international community to prevent the trial of Ukrainian defenders in Mariupol and asks to send representatives of the UN and the Red Cross to Olenivka, says a joint statement of the security and defense forces.
The Ministry of Culture is working on a draft law that will allow English to be given a special status in Ukraine as the language of international communication.
The Kremlin is trying to mobilize Russian industry to support the protracted war in Ukraine. The Military-Industrial Commission of the Russian Federation, chaired by Putin, is preparing to change the state defense procurement program and increase expenditures by 600-700 billion rubles (about $10 billion) by the beginning of September, the Institute for the Study of War reports.
Screenwriter and director Abel Ferrara visited Gostomel and the remains of the "Mriya" plane, which was destroyed during one of the first attacks of the Russian Federation in February. He came to Kyiv region together with his team. "What I see is horror," Abel said. He plans to make a documentary about the Ukrainian-Russian war.
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Kharkiv suffered rocket fire during the night: explosions were heard in three districts of the city. A higher education institution, a canteen and several warehouses were damaged. No casualties have been reported so far. Two districts of the Dnipropetrovsk region came under artillery fire yet again. Three people, including a child, were injured.
Fighting continues in the Donetsk region: the Armed Forces repelled several attacks, but the Russian military partially succeeded in the direction of Horlivka-Zaitseve, reported the General Staff.
Two more ships with food left Ukrainian ports: they are heading to Turkey and Iran, reported the Turkish Ministry of Defence.
Defence Minister Mr Reznikov reported that Ukraine received additional M270 MLRS from the UK.
Four ammunition depots detonated at the Saki airfield in Novofedorivka in the occupied Crimea, however, the airfield probably remains usable, reports the UK MoD intelligence. The British intelligence noted that at least five Su-24 FENCER fighter bombers and three Su-30 FLANKER H multi-purpose aircraft were likely destroyed or seriously damaged during the explosions. The air force was used as a base for the Russian Black Sea Fleet aviation. The naval aviation fleet is now considerably impaired.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said he does not share the idea to stop issuing visas for Russian citizens. He noted that the war in Ukraine is Putin's war [and not Russians']. Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba responded that it's not Putin himself but Russian soldiers who come to Ukraine to "kill and rape", while Russians tolerate it.
The UN Security Council emergency meeting initiated by Russia on the topic of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant was held in New York. IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi called on the parties to grant the agency's mission access to the Zaporizhzhia NPP. He noted however that there is no immediate safety threat to the nuclear power plant. The Permanent Representative of Russia to the United Nations Nebenzia accused Ukrainian Forces of shelling the NPP. He states that Russia has no reason to shell "neither itself, nor the station, nor Enerhodar". Nebenzia added that the Russian Federation is ready to support the IAEA mission and will do everything to make it happen by the end of August. Permanent Representative of Ukraine Serhii Kyslytsia said that the only way to eliminate the nuclear threat is to withdraw Russian troops and return control over the station to Ukraine, which was supported by the U.S. representative. Mr Kyslytsia welcomed the readiness of the Russian Federation to support the IAEA mission however noted that Russia must stop shelling Nikopol and Marhanets to make it happen. The representative of China, who currently chairs the UN, called on Russia and Ukraine to return to the peace negotiations.
The Russian Federation has been shelling the nuclear power plant for the past few days. Zaporizhzhia NPP is the largest in Europe. The Ukrainian company Enerhoatom, which manages the plant, said that the plant works with the risk of violating radiation and fire safety standards. Russian Rosatom employees are located at the station for the moment. However, Ukrainian personnel continue to work there.
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Russia is trying to establish full control over Luhansk and Donetsk Oblasts, reports the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Ukrainian troops repelled eight Russian attacks in Donbas and destroyed several Russian warehouses and positions in Kherson Oblast.
Russians shelled cities and villages in seven Ukrainian regions, hit Kharkiv and Kramatorsk.
On the night of August 11, Russian troops shelled four areas of the Dnipropetrovsk region with Grad and Uragan MLRS. At least two people were killed, seven were injured, 40 apartment buildings were damaged in Nikopol district, announced head of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Military Administration Valentyn Reznichenko.
More than three thousand people evacuated from Donetsk region in 10 days. Between August 1 and August 10, 2,968 people had left by evacuation trains, 195 people with limited mobility and 405 children among them.
Germany handed over 4 more Gepard anti-aircraft guns to Ukraine. According to the German government, there are now 12 of them in Ukraine. The Armed Forces also received 10 highly mobile multi-purpose wheeled vehicles, eight anti-drone devices, eight mobile ground radars and thermal imagers, and several refrigerators for medicines.
Switzerland may be representing Ukraine's interests in Russia. The countries have completed negotiations on the possibility of representing Ukrainian interests in Russia after diplomatic relations between Ukraine and the Russian Federation were severed. At the same time, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia stated that Moscow does not have any contacts with the official authorities of Switzerland on this issue.
Latvian Saeima approved the statement "On purposeful military attacks of Russia on civilians and public space of Ukraine" and recognised Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism.
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Russian troops shelled populated areas in seven regions of Ukraine, in particular, they hit Mykolaiv with "Smerchas" and "Hrads" attacked the Nikopol district of the Dnipropetrovsk region, where 10 people were killed and 11 wounded. Fighting continues in Donetsk region and Kharkiv region. In the Zaporizhzhia region, the air defense of the Ukrainian Armed Forces shot down two Russian missiles at night.
On August 9, explosions rang out near the Russian airbase located in Novofedorivka (near the city of Saka) in the occupied Ukrainian Crimea in 2014. One person died, five others were injured. In the evening, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation announced that "aircraft ammunition was detonated" at the airfield, and the equipment was not damaged. On August 10, the Air Force of the Ukrainian Armed Forces confirmed the destruction of 9 Russian military aircraft in Crimea.
British intelligence believes that Russia has created a large formation of ground troops to continue the war in Ukraine. This is stated in the report of the Ministry of Defense of Great Britain. It is noted that the Russian army corps usually consists of 15-20 thousand servicemen.
Ukraine returned 17 dead servicemen, the Ministry of Reintegration reported. The transfer of the bodies took place in accordance with the norms of the Geneva Convention.
The Bayraktar strike drone production plant, for the construction of which the Turkish company Baykar Makina has already purchased a plot of land in Ukraine, may begin its work at the end of 2023. This was stated by the Ambassador of Ukraine to Turkey, Vasyl Bodnar.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine received 50 Turkish Kirpi armored personnel carriers. This BMP is designed for two crew members and 12 paratroopers. Another delivery of 150 units is expected soon.
The US State Department has approved the allocation of $89 million in aid to Ukraine to equip and train 100 teams to dispose of landmines and unexploded ordnance within a year.
Europe's largest airline Lufthansa will not use the airspace of Ukraine and Russia until March 25, 2023 due to the war in Ukraine.
Hungary offered to pay Ukraine for the transit of Russian oil through the Druzhba oil pipeline due to the fact that the Russian side cannot transfer funds to Ukraine due to the sanctions imposed on it by the European Union. On August 9, the Russian mass media, citing their own sources, reported that the Ukrainian state company Ukrtransnafta temporarily stopped pumping oil through the southern branch of the Druzhba oil pipeline due to the fact that Russian Transneft could not pay for services due to sanctions imposed by the European Union.
Russia convenes a meeting of the UN Security Council due to the situation at the Zaporizhzhya NPP — the Russian Federation claims that the Ukrainian military struck the territory of the nuclear power plant. The station has been occupied since the beginning of March, Russian troops are stationed there, Ukrainian specialists are supporting the work of the NPP.
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The Russian Army is conducting offensive battles in the directions of Bakhmut and Avdiivka, and also trying to dislodge the Armed Forces from held lines with the help of artillery. On August 8, as a result of shelling by the Russian army, three civilians in the Donetsk region were killed. Another 19 people were injured.
According to British intelligence, Russia's offensive on the town of Bakhmut was its most successful axis in Donetsk region, but Russians managed to advance only 10 km for 30 days. This is reported by the Ministry of Defense of Great Britain. It is noted that over the weekend, Russia continued to focus its efforts on strengthening defense in southern Ukraine.
On the night of August 9, the Russian army shelled two districts of the Dnipropetrovsk region. In particular, at night Nikopol was shelled for three times from GRAD multiple rocket launcher systems, 120 shells were launched. One person was injured.
At night, a series of explosions rang out in Kharkiv: Russian troops shelled two districts of the city. There is no information on the dead and wounded. In the morning, the outskirts of Mykolaiv came under fire. Information about the consequences is being clarified.
Daily losses of the Ukrainian military have decreased by three times compared to the beginning of June, when they amounted to 100-200 servicemen per day, said an adviser to the head of the President's Office Mykhailo Podolyak in an interview with the BBC and added that only the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces can provide more accurate figures .
Russia has closed the inspection of nuclear facilities under the 2010 agreement on Strategic Offensive Weapons. The agreement provides for a mutual reduction of the arsenals of deployed strategic nuclear weapons.
The World Bank announced that it will mobilize another $4.5 billion for financial support to Ukraine. According to the bank's statement, the funds will help Kyiv pay for social services and pensions and will be "the key to mitigating the economic consequences of the Russian invasion."
2 ships left the port of Chornomorsk with a total cargo volume of 70 thousand tons. The RAHMI YAGGI vessel will deliver 5.3 thousand tons of food to Turkey, and the panamax bulker OCEAN LION will deliver almost 65 thousand tons of corn to South Korea.
Ukraine will receive NASAMS anti-aircraft missile systems from the United States within a few months, the Pentagon said. Missiles for them are already included in the latest aid package.
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Projectiles for HIMARS and NASAMS. USA announced a new aid package for Ukraine worth 1 billion dollars. It also contains 75,000 155-mm artillery shells, 20,120-mm mortar systems and 20,000 shells for these mortars, 1,000 Javelins and hundreds of AT4 anti-tank systems, 50 armored medical vehicles, and more.
In Donetsk region, the Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled Russian assaults in the directions of Bakhmut, Zaytsevo, Vershina and Kodema, and also stopped the attacks of the Russian army in the directions of Avdiyivka and Piskivy, the General Staff reports. In addition, the Russian military tried to break through the defense of the Armed Forces in the direction of the settlements of Marinka and Shevchenko, but without success.
The Ministry of Defense of Finland announced that the country will send about 20 servicemen to Great Britain to participate in the training program of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The educational program is led by Great Britain, which has turned to partner countries for support.
Russia is ready to blow up the ZNPP, Energoatom reports. According to the Ukrainian company, this was announced by the head of the radiation, chemical and biological defense forces of the Russian Federation, Major General Valery Vasiliev, who commands the garrison at the captured nuclear power plant. "Energoatom" noted that Vasiliev promised that "there will be either Russian land or a scorched desert."
The World Bank announced that it will mobilize another 4.5 billion dollars for financial support of Ukraine. According to the bank's statement, the funds will help Kyiv pay for social services and pensions and will be "the key to mitigating the economic consequences of the Russian invasion."
The international human rights organization Amnesty International used for the preparation of the report "Ukrainian military tactics endanger the civilian population" the testimonies of people who were in infiltration camps and prisons in the temporarily occupied territories, and therefore the interviews were selected under obvious pressure - these are the conclusions of the Center for Strategic Communications and Information Security of Ukraine.
The buyer in Lebanon refused to take Ukrainian corn from the Razoni ship. The reason is the delay in delivery for more than five months, the Embassy of Ukraine in Lebanon informed. The supplier is currently looking for another buyer. On August 1, Razoni left the port of Odesa with 26,000 tons of corn.
More than 450 components produced abroad, in particular in the USA, were found in 27 Russian weapons systems that were captured by the Ukrainian military during the war and handed over for examination. This is stated in the report of the Royal Joint Institute for Defense Studies. Almost a quarter of all Western weapon components were produced by the American company Texas Instruments.
The Security Service of Ukraine detained the "killers of the special services of the Russian Federation" who planned the murders of the Minister of Defense Oleksiy Reznikov and the head of the GUR of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine Kyryll Budanov.
The department reported that as a result of a multi-stage special operation, the sabotage and reconnaissance group of the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation was neutralized.
In Ukraine, under the National Security Council, it is proposed to create a Bureau of Sanctions Policy. It will coordinate the activities of subjects implementing the sanctions policy of Ukraine", will check the proposals on the application of sanctions for compliance with the conceptual approaches, directions, measures in the sphere of the sanctions policy of Ukraine, determined by the National Security Council.
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The Russian military tried to advance in the Kramatorsk and Bakhmut directions of Donbas but was forced to withdraw — the General Staff.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that hot spots in the Donetsk region take "the main effort and many lives". The situation in Donbas remains very difficult. Evacuation from Donetsk Oblast continues.
At about 10:00 am Ukrainian air defence forces destroyed a Kalibr cruise missile over Odesa Oblast. According to operational command South, the missile was fired from a submarine in the Black Sea.
Early in the morning, the Russian army shelled the outskirts of Mykolaiv and caused approximately seven explosions. No casualties have been reported so far. The Russian army attacked the Nikopol district with Grad MRLS and missiles three times during the night. Four villages in two communities came under fire. Some buildings were destroyed, but no injuries have been reported. The Russian army shelled Kharkiv last night and today's morning.
The armed forces of Ukraine hit the bridge over Dnipro in Kherson, as well as several targets in other occupied settlements of the Kherson region. This was reported by the deputy of the Kherson regional council Serhii Khlan. Also, on the night of August 8, high-precision HIMARS missiles struck the invaders' positions in the various industrial sites of the occupied Melitopol, announced mayor Ivan Fedorov.
A ship with Ukrainian food left Pivdenny port for the first time since February 24: SACURA bulk carrier is heading for Italy. The ship formed a caravan with ARIZONA bulker which has departed from Chornomorsk port to the Netherlands. Both vessels carry a total of 60,000 tons of agricultural products.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres demanded to give international inspectors access to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. Russian troops shelled Zaporizhzhya NPP once again on August 6 and hit close to the spent nuclear fuel dry storage facility. Three radiation monitoring sensors were damaged during the shelling.
American actress and producer Jessica Chastain visited the capital of Ukraine on August 7. The celebrity visited a children's hospital, where she learned how the clinic operates during martial law. The actress also visited Irpin: she talked to the local authorities and drove through the city. She also had a closed meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and the Head of the President's Office Andrii Yermak.
The Turkish UAV producer Baykar Makina which makes Baykar TB2 has already registered in Ukraine and purchased a site for the future plant said the Ambassador of Ukraine to Turkey Vasyl Bodnar in an interview with RBC Ukraine.
The first three Gepard anti-aircraft self-propelled artillery units arrived in Ukraine from Germany, announced operational command South. All units have two mortars which can fire 550 rounds per minute each. The unit range varies from 100 meters to 4 kilometres.
Russia's invasion of Ukraine, day 165. Online updates.
In Luhansk region, the Russian army tried three times to storm the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In addition, Russian armed formations tried to advance near Bakhmut, Avdiyivka, and Sloviansk, but were repulsed by the Ukrainian military, suffered losses, and retreated.
Russian troops are trying to take control of Pisky in the Donetsk region, but were able to capture only the southeastern outskirts of the village. This is stated in the report of the American Institute for the Study of War. Analysts noted that the Ukrainian side denied Russia's claims that Russian troops are in full control of Pisky.
At night, the Russians shelled Dnipropetrovsk region. The Nikopol district was hit by "Grady". In Marhanka, two people were injured in the shelling, one person is in the hospital. 48 private houses were damaged in the city. The next missile attack was on Kharkiv. Rockets hit businesses. In addition, Russian troops shelled two districts of Mykolaiv region. Local residents are injured, a woman has died.
Russia is deploying additional forces and means of air defense on the territory of Belarus — General Staff.
Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Russia in Ukraine, more than 1,600 people, allegedly involved in subversive activities, have been detained, said First Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Yevgeny Yenin. According to him, they often transfer information for $130-250. State traitors face 15 years in prison.
The attack aircraft of the Armed Forces of the Ukrainian SSR carried out 9 strikes on three strongholds of the Russian military in Kherson region and Mykolaiv region, four positions of accumulations of troops, weapons and equipment, and one warehouse of ammunition and radar stations.
The low efficiency of the Russian army during its invasion of Ukraine cost the Russian military leadership dearly — at least six generals of the Russian Armed Forces lost their positions. At least ten more generals have died in Ukraine, reports the Ministry of Defense of Great Britain with reference to intelligence data.
The second caravan of ships with food has been sent from the ports of the Odesa region, the Ministry of Infrastructure reports. 3 ships left Chornomorsk and one more from Odesa. Four bulkers MUSTAFA NECATI, STAR HELENA, GLORY and RIVA WIND have almost 170,000 tons of agricultural products on board. The ships are heading to the ports of Italy, China and Turkey.
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The Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled Russian attacks near Bakhmut, Avdiivka, and Sloviansk in the Donetsk region, reports the General Staff. Meanwhile, Russia has increased the number of ships in the Black Sea, Azov Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea: 13 surface ships are currently on duty.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan once again invited Vladimir Putin to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Erdogan believes that it's important to resume negotiations in Istanbul.
Vitalii Hura, so-called deputy head of the "military and civil administration" of occupied Nova Kakhovka, died in Kherson Oblast after an attempt on his life, informs Russian RBC.
Presidential advisor Mykhailo Podoliak confirmed that North Macedonia handed over combat aviation to Ukraine. On August 4, MKD media reported, that according to its sources, North Macedonia had decided to hand over four Su-25 attack aircraft purchased in 2001 to Ukraine.
The European Commission has developed a new proposal to provide Ukraine with macro-financial aid in the amount of 8 billion euros, reports Politico with reference to EU officials. Ukraine will receive 5 billion euros in long-term loans under EU guarantees, and the rest of the money as grants.
The Association of Families of Azovstal Defenders accused the Red Cross of inaction and condemned the ICRC head's visit to Moscow. Sandra Krotevych, a member of the Association, said that such trips indicate that the certain organisation "will play along with the Russian side".
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs commented on the Ukrainian Ambassador's to the UK statement that the Russian Federation should return a part of the USSR's foreign assets to Ukraine. Russia stated that such claims have no grounds because its status as the USSR's successor was recognised by the international community and confirmed by the International Court of Justice of the United Nations.
Bulk carrier FULMAR S under Barbados flag has become the first ship to arrive at Odesa port since February 24 — Minister of Infrastructure Mr Kubrakov. After being loaded, the vessel will depart for a Turkish port.
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Russian troops continue to advance in the Bakhmut and Avdiivsky areas. After the last attacks, they did not succeed and withdrew, the General Staff of the Armed Forces reported.
Russian troops are concentrating in the south in anticipation of a counteroffensive by the Ukrainian army. This was reported by the Ministry of Defense of Great Britain with reference to intelligence data.
"Long convoys of Russian military trucks, tanks, towed artillery and other weapons continue to move away from the Ukrainian Donbas and head to the southwest," the report says. According to intelligence data, equipment is also being moved from Russian-occupied Melitopol, Berdyansk, Mariupol and from the Russian mainland via the Kerch bridge to Crimea.
Around 3:30, Russian troops launched rocket attacks on Mykolaiv: two people were seriously injured, and residential buildings were damaged. Kharkiv also came under fire: previously, there were no wounded or dead. On the morning of August 6, the Russian army shelled the Sumy region with mortars, and the Russian Federation also attacked the Nikopol and Kryvorizky districts of the Dnipropetrovsk region. In the city of Nikopol, 20 hits from the Grad anti-aircraft missile system were recorded. Three people were injured.
Investigators of the Bellingcat project were able to identify the Russian citizen who tortured and killed a Ukrainian prisoner of war. He turned out to be a native of the Republic of Tuva named Ochur-Suge Mongush.
After yesterday's shelling of the Zaporizhzhia NPP by Russian troops with anti-aircraft missiles, as of August 6, the plant operates with the risk of violating radiation and fire safety standards. power lines were damaged, one of the power units of the station was disconnected from the power system and transferred to the reserve. Currently, the ZNPP operates with the risk of violating radiation and fire safety standards, Energoatom said.
On August 5, Vladimir Putin held talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sochi, Russia. According to the results, the Russian side announced that during the negotiations they reached an agreement on payment by Ankara for Russian gas in rubles.
The United States is preparing a new defense aid package for Ukraine worth one billion dollars, which should include ammunition for HIMARS MLRS, NASAMS anti-aircraft defense systems, as well as armored medical vehicles. This was reported by Reuters with reference to its own sources. This package is likely to be announced on August 8.
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In Donetsk region, Russians tried to advance in the areas of Krasnohorivka, Avdiyivka, and Pisok (this is the Avdiyiv direction), but the Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled them. Also, the Ukrainian military stopped the attacks of the Russian army in the Kramatorsk and Bakhmut directions — in the areas of Bakhmut, Zaytsevo, and Vershyn. In the Kharkiv region, Ukrainian troops liberated the village of Dmytrivka in the Izyum district, the General Staff reports.
Russians shelled the Zaporizhzhya NPP for the second time, three hits were recorded, the press service of "Energoatom" reports. "On the evening of August 5, Russian terrorists fired at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant for the second time with anti-aircraft missiles. Three "arrivals" were recorded right on the site of the plant, near one of the power units where the nuclear reactor is located. The terrorists seriously damaged the nitrogen-oxygen plant and the combined auxiliary building. There are risks leakage of hydrogen and sputtering of radioactive substances. There is a high fire hazard. There are currently no casualties," the message reads.
During the day, Russians shelled Mykolaiv with rockets. A 14-year-old boy was injured, he is in intensive care. At the time of the attack by the Russian troops, the boy was at the entrance to the church. Besides him, another 21 people were injured. There are also dead civilians, the exact number of which has not yet been announced by the regional military administration.
The Air Force of the Ukrainian Armed Forces did not receive four Su-25 attack aircraft from North Macedonia, as previously reported by the media. This was stated by the spokesman of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Yuriy Ignat.
The spokeswoman of the Ukrainian office of Amnesty International, Kateryna Mityeva, resigned due to the report published the day before by the international office of Amnesty International. She reported that the Ukrainian office convinced Amnesty International not to publish the report, which specifically mentions that the armed forces are placing weapons in residential areas.
Half of the G20 countries do not support sanctions against the Russian Federation, writes Bloomberg. It is noted that US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is facing an "uncomfortable reality" during his tour of Southeast Asia and Africa: most of the world is not ready to follow the efforts of the US and Europe to isolate Russia. In particular, we are talking about China, India, Brazil, South Africa.
Canada will send more than 200 instructors to Great Britain to train the Ukrainian military as part of the renewed UNIFIER operation. This was announced by the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov.
Ukraine handed Turkey five appeals for legal assistance from the Prosecutor General's Office in order to resolve the issue of illegal export of Ukrainian grain by Russia through Turkey, Ukrainian Ambassador to Turkey Vasyl Bodnar said. Ukraine received consent to discuss this issue from Turkey. The dialogue will take place next week.
13 ships are waiting to be shipped from Ukrainian ports within the framework of the Initiative on safe transportation of grain and food products, Minister of Infrastructure Oleksandr Kubrakov said.
Russia's invasion of Ukraine, day 163. Online updates.
Russian troops attacked cities and villages of eight Ukrainian regions throughout the night and the morning. Regional centres of Mykolaiv, Kharkiv and the outskirts of Zaporizhzhia were shelled. Nikopol in the Dnipropetrovsk region was struck with Grads. Border territories of the Chernihiv region were shelled seven times in the past 24 hours. Fighting continues in Kherson Oblast.
The Russian military is conducting an offensive on the Bakhmut and Avdiivka directions in the Donetsk region. They are trying to create conditions to capture of Soledar and Bakhmut and expand the controlled area on the western outskirts of Donetsk, reports the General Staff. Eight civilians have been killed and nine were injured in the Donetsk Oblast in the past day.
Russia is attacking Ukrainian positions in the Luhansk region carrying out four air strikes on August 4, as well as three artillery attacks, rocket artillery and mortar fire, and two ground attacks supported by tanks. The situation in the area remains critical.
If Ukraine manages to press Izium in the Kharkiv region and maintain the transition to counter-offensive in Kherson, the Russian command will be forced to make a choice. They will need to either abandon their western positions around Izium in favour of defending the ground communications further north and east or allocate more troops and equipment to hold the current front line, states the Institute for the Study of War report.
The first caravan of transport ships left Ukraine. Three bulk carriers NAVI STAR, ROJEN and POLARNET carry 57,000 tons of Ukrainian corn heading to Turkey, the UK, and Ireland. According to Deputy Minister of Infrastructure Mustafa Nayyem, Ukraine aims to export 3+ million tons of agricultural products monthly from the ports of Odesa, Chornomorsk, and Pivdenny. These Ukrainian ports were blocked from the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The first vessel with the Ukrainian harvest left last week.
Ukraine received a grant of one million euros from Albania. The funds will be used to finance priority expenditures of the State Budget of Ukraine, reported the Ministry of Finance.
The Permanent Mission of Canada to the UN announced that the Canadian government allocated $1 million to IAEA to strengthen safety and security at Ukrainian nuclear facilities. Another $5 million will be handed over to the US Department of State to help Ukraine to detect and prevent illicit nuclear transport within its territory.
The EU Council has introduced new sanctions against fugitive Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and his son Oleksandr for threatening Ukraine's territorial integrity.
Latvia has suspended its economic cooperation agreement with Russia starting from August 1. This was reported by the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the official media Latvijas vēstnesis.
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In the Kharkiv region, the Ukrainian military liberated the village of Dibrivne, and the Russians are trying to break through the defense of the Armed Forces of Ukraine near Husarivka (Izium district), fighting continues there. In the Donetsk region, the Ukrainian army repelled the attacks of the Russian army in the areas of Dolyna and Bohorodychne (this is the way to Slovyansk), also stated herein are battles in the Avdiivka near Pisky, the General Staff reports.
In Kyiv, the relatives of the "Azovstal" defenders held an action in honor of the fallen fighters as a result of the terrorist attack in Olenivka. Participants demanded security guarantees for soldiers from international organizations. According to information released by the Main Directorate of Intelligence, prisoners of war from "Azov" were tortured before execution in Olenivka.
At the same time, the Red Cross commented on the lack of guarantees for the safety of prisoners in Olenivka: the organization did not guarantee the safety of prisoners of war after they fell into the hands of the opposing side, as this was beyond the organization's capabilities and mandate.
Ukraine is open to investigating violations during the war by both the Russian military and the Armed Forces of Ukraine. This was announced by the Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Hanna Malyar, during the briefing, commenting on the report of Amnesty International, in which it is said that the Armed Forces of Ukraine are placing weapons in residential areas. At the same time, the Ministry of Defense noted that the report does not take into account the context of the events of the Russian-Ukrainian war, does not take into account the conditions in which the Ukrainian Armed Forces operate, and does not analyze violations by the troops of the aggressor state.
During the last week, the Armed Forces destroyed about 15 Russian warehouses and logistics bases with the help of HIMARS and MLRS rocket launchers, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported.
North Macedonia has returned to Ukraine four Su-25 aircrafts, which were bought in Ukraine in 2001, MKD reported with reference to its own sources. The Ministry of Defense of the country neither denied nor confirmed this information. Also, the Japanese government announced a new package of aid to Ukraine — vans and drones.
Ukraine is not involved in the shelling of the center of Donetsk, where, next to the Drama Theater and the Donbass Palace hotel, a farewell ceremony was held for the commander of the occupiers, Olga Kachura. This was stated by the adviser to the head of the Office of the President Mykhailo Podolyak. Earlier, a powerful explosion rang out in occupied Donetsk.
The European Union has adopted a new anti-crisis measure of 16 million euros to support access to education and help victims of sexual violence in Ukraine. This is reported in the press service of the European Union.
Employees of the State Service of Ukraine from emergency situations saved more than one and a half thousand hectares of grain crops. The largest number of fires caused by Russian shelling occurred in the Donetsk, Mykolaiv, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions.
In the city of Lappeenranta, located near the Russian-Finnish border, starting from August 5, the Ukrainian flag will be raised and the national anthem of Ukraine will be played every day.
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Russian troops conducted a limited ground attack northwest of Sloviansk in Donbas on August 3, reported the Institute for Study of War. ISW noted that while there were no confirmed ground attacks near Siversk, Russian troops shelled the city and adjacent settlements on August 3. Russians also launched a series of ground strikes to the northeast, east and southeast of Bakhmut.
Russian troops shelled Nikopol, Dnipropetrovsk region, twice on the night of August 4. Residential quarters were hit with 60 Grad shells. Some buildings were damaged including a solar power plant. Two communities of the Kryvyi Rih district were shelled with Uragans. A woman, 44, was injured.
Zaporizhzhia and Kharkiv regions were shelled as well. During the night, the Russian army fired an anti-ship Oniks rocket into Odesa from the direction of Crimea. It exploded in the air while approaching the coast, reported operational command South. At about 11 am on July 4, the Russian military shelled residential areas of Toretsk in Donetsk Oblast. Eight people were killed, and four were injured, including three children.
Russia is likely to use the Zaporizhzhia NPP in Enerhodar to play on the Western fears of a nuclear disaster in Ukraine in an attempt to weaken the will of Western countries to provide military support for the Ukrainian counter-offensive, believes the Institute for the Study of War.
Volunteers from Lithuania handed over high-tech equipment to the Armed Forces of Ukraine to counteract Russian drones, in particular, Sly Wiper UAVs, announced the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Ukraine is looking for opportunities to communicate directly with China as the latter has leverage over Russia that could stop the war in Ukraine, said President Volodymyr Zelensky in an interview with the South China Morning Post.
Ukraine is preparing to start the school year with an updated literature program. The foreign literature curriculum will only include Russian-speaking writers who were closely associated with Ukraine personally or through their work, announced the head of the Ministry of Education and Science department of general secondary and preschool education Yurii Kononenko. Mykola Gogol, Volodymyr Korolenko, Anatolii Kuznetsov, Ilf and Petrov, Mykhailo Bulgakov will remain in the program. European, American, and Asian creators will replace Russian writers in the curriculum.
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Russians are shelling almost the entire front line in Kharkiv and Donbas with artillery. In the Donetsk region, Ukrainian forces repelled Russian attacks in eight ways to Bakhmut, five in the Avdiivka, also in Pisky, Mariinka, and Bilogirka districts, reports the General Staff reports.
Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is out of control of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Nuclear safety of the plant is compromised, said IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi. NPP is located in the zone of active hostilities, equipment supplies are interrupted. The station is controlled by the Russian Federation, however, Ukrainian specialists continue to work there, which leads to "supposed violence".
The International Committee of the Red Cross formed a team to visit the penitentiary in Olenivka, Donetsk Oblast, where Ukrainian prisoners of war were killed on July 29. However, as of August 3, the Russian side has not responded to the legal access request, informed ICRC.
Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder said that Russian President Vladimir Putin is open to diplomacy with Ukraine. The President's Office replied that "ceasefire must come first".
Ukrainian Foundation Come Back Alive and Turkish UAV manufacturer Baykar Makina, which produces Bayraktar TB2, have announced their cooperation.
The UK plans to allocate £3 billion to strengthen the defence capacity and rebuild Ukraine. This decision was supported by British Finance Minister Nadhim Zahawi.
Switzerland has introduced additional sanctions and banned the purchase, import and transport of gold and gold products from Russia. Any services related to these goods are also prohibited.
Canada has allocated $40 million to help grain storage in Ukraine, reported the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine.
Since April 2022, Ukrainian telecom companies have received about 1,300 pieces of equipment to restore their service at a total cost of $500,000, according to the press service of the Ministry of Digital Transformation.
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Mandatory evacuation in the Donetsk region, which was announced earlier due to the large-scale destruction in the region and possible problems with heating and other utilities in the cold season, has started. The first train arrived in Kropyvnytskyi. To the government's estimates, more than 220,000 people need to be removed from the region.
Russian troops shelled Chernihiv Oblast last night and attacked Sumy and Kharkiv in the morning. Two communities of the Dnipropetrovsk region suffered artillery fire.
Active fights continue in Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts. In the past 24 hours, the Russian army carried out eight air strikes on the regions. In Luhansk Oblast, Russians conduct multiple simultaneous attacks from different sides. Nine Russian assault attempts were pushed back in the Luhansk region in the past day.
A Ukrainian collaborator and representative of the pro-Russian authorities in the occupied Kherson region claimed that locals are allowed to use the Ukrainian language. Russian officials are increasingly open about their intention to annex the occupied Ukrainian territories, according to the Institute for Study of War report. Military experts believe that the Kremlin is considering longer-term methods to subdue the population in the occupied territories.
Operational command South refuted Russia's claims about the sabotage of Ukrainian HIMARS MLRS and said that Ukraine has not lost any of those.
The ship with Ukrainian food that left Odesa port earlier has reached the Turkish coast. This is the first food shipment since the beginning of the full-scale war. Razoni vessel will now be inspected and will continue on its way to the port of Tripoli in Lebanon.
Ukraine received 1 billion euros of macro-financial support from the European Union. Another 8 billion are expected to be approved.
USAID allocates an additional $1.8 million for health care in Ukraine. This is reported by the press service of the Ukrainian bureau of the World Health Organisation.
Our Lady of Mariupol painting by the Ukrainian artist Maksym Palenko was sold at the Saint Javelin auction for $22,000. All the funds will be used to purchase drones for Ukraine. The auction Christian Borys announced on his Twitter account on August 3. The original price of the lot was $16,500. In addition to the painting, the winner will also receive a part of a destroyed Russian IFV.
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The Russian military tried to advance in the direction of Ternova-Bairak (northeast of Kharkiv), but without success. In the Donetsk region, Ukrainian Armed Forces pushed Russian reconnaissance groups away from Dovhenke and Dolyna (Sloviansk direction), repelled attacks near Novoluhansk and Ivano-Dariivka (Kramatorsk direction) and in the direction of Bakhmut. Also, Russian troops tried to attack near Avdiivka, but to no avail. At the same time, the Russian army has managed to partially secure its positions near Donetsk-Pisky. The Armed Forces of Ukraine liberated seven more settlements in Kherson Oblast.
Rocket fire. The Armed Forces shot down four Russian missiles over the Mykolaiv region, and two more over Vinnytsia Oblast. An explosion took place in the Chervonohrad district of Lviv Oblast which is close to the Polish border. Operational services left for the site. No details are reported at this time.
In the Kherson region, the Russian military shot down a bus. Two people were killed on the spot, one died on the way to the emergency room, and five more are in serious condition and have been hospitalised in Kryvyi Rih.
The Supreme Court of the Russian Federation recognised the Ukrainian Azov regiment as a terrorist organisation and banned its activities in Russia. Azov has responded that "after the public execution of prisoners of war in the Olenivka penitentiary, Russia is looking for new reasons and explanations for its war crimes." The regiment called on foreign states to recognise the Russian Federation as a terrorist state.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken authorised allocating $550 million worth of weapons from U.S. stock to Ukraine. "This includes more ammunition for HIMARS and 155 mm artillery systems, which Ukrainian troops use so effectively on the battlefield to defend their country," the statement said.
Spain decided not to supply Leopard tanks to Ukraine, because the equipment is currently unusable and dangerous for the military.
Istanbul is waiting for the arrival of the Razoni ship with Ukrainian grain late at night on August 3, reported the coordinator of the Joint Coordination Centre, Assistant Director General of the Turkish MoD Security Directorate Özgür Özcan Altunbulak.
Commission on Foreign Affairs of Latvian Sejm supported recognising Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism. Members of the Commission call on the EU countries to immediately suspend issuing tourist and entry visas to citizens of Russia and Belarus.
Canada has expanded sanctions against the Russian Federation. Over 40 military officials and 17 organisations involved in Russia's war against Ukraine were added to the list. Also, the United States introduced new sanctions against Volodymyr Saldo and Kyrylo Stremousov, who head the so-called administrations in the temporarily occupied Kherson region, Russian gymnast Alina Kabaeva, several Russian oligarchs, and "mayor" of Mariupol Konstantin Ivashchenko, "appointed" to by the authorities of the so-called "DPR" after the city was occupied by Russian troops.
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Ukrainian Armed Forces repelled Russian attacks in the Kramatorsk, Bakhmut, and Avdiivka directions. Active fights go on near Bakhmut and Pisky, reports the General Staff. However, the situation in Donbas remains difficult. In the Luhansk region, the Russians concentrated their main forces in the Bakhmut direction. On August 1, the Russian army launched two powerful missile strikes, fired eight missiles, and made four air strikes on various settlements, according to Luhansk Oblast Administration.
Donetsk Oblast. Mykolaiv district suffered intense shelling during the night and in the morning. Significant destruction was reported. The number of casualties is currently unknown. Russians launched a missile attack on Toretsk. During the day, the Russians shelled many settlements of the region with artillery, mortars, Uragan and Grad MLRS.
Two districts of the city of Mykolaiv were also shelled during the night. According to preliminary information, one of the areas was shelled with four Smerch rockets, the other one with eight S-300 missiles. Sumy Oblast experienced mortar fire, Dnipropetrovsk Oblast was shelled with MLRS, and various settlements in Kharkiv oblast were attacked as well.
Russia continues removing troops from the northern part of Donetsk Oblast to support defensive positions in southern Ukraine. The campaign near Sloviansk may be suspended for the moment, according to the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) analytics. The withdrawal will probably create an opportunity for the Ukrainian forces to launch a counter-offensive in the Izium direction.
ISW analysts also believe that the Russian troops are responsible for the attack on the Olenivka prison on July 28, which killed 53 Ukrainian prisoners of war. The evidence cited by the institute does not support the use of HIMARS as reported by the Russian party. The Prosecutor General of Ukraine Andrii Kostin reported that, according to preliminary conclusions of international experts, the explosion in the colony in Olenivka, where Ukrainian prisoners of war were held, could be caused by thermobaric weapons.
Russia uses Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant as a military base to shell Ukrainians, as it is aware that the Ukrainian Forces "cannot and will not shoot back" to avoid damaging NPP, told US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
President Volodymyr Zelensky amended the rules of service in the Armed Forces for foreigners and stateless persons. From now on, they will be able to enter a contract for a period of up to 10 years.
Around five more vessels with the grain will be sent from Ukrainian ports in the next 2 weeks, said Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Oleksandr Kubrakov in an interview with Financial Times.
Belgium has frozen 50.5 billion euros of Russian assets. De Morgen writes with reference to Francis Adins of the Public Finance Service, that this sum includes all types of financial assets such as money and shares in Belgium owned by 1,229 individuals and 110 organisations including Russian politicians, oligarchs, banks, and sanctioned companies.
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The Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled several assaults of Russian militaries, the General Staff reports. The assaults were repelled on the Slovyansk direction near Mazanivka, on the Bakhmut direction in the Yakovlivka area, and on the Avdiivka direction in the districts of Avdiivka and Pisky.
German MARS II multiple rocket launchers have already arrived in Ukraine. Germany announced their transfer at the beginning of June. Also, the Ukrainian Armed Forces received an additional 4 HIMARS multiple rocket launcher systems from the USA.
There are four places in Great Britain where the Ukrainian servicemen are trained. In total, ten thousand military personnel are being trained. The training will take 120 days, and in general, Ukraine plans to train ten thousand Ukrainian soldiers every 120 days, said the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Ukraine to the United Kingdom Vadym Prystaiko.
The European Union directed €1 billion of exceptional macro-financial aid to Ukraine. The first tranche of €500 million has already been credited to the NBU account. This was announced by the Prime Minister of Ukraine, Denys Shmyhal.
Vladimir Putin stated that the Russian Federation does not want a nuclear war, as there will be no winners in it. The President of Russia said this during a speech to the participants of the X Conference on the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Earlier, US President Joe Biden said that Russia should demonstrate readiness to resume negotiations on nuclear weapons together with the US.
The national postal operator "Ukrposhta" stopped working on the territories temporarily occupied by Russia after February 24, said the company's general director Ihor Smilyanskyi. According to the official, until the end of July, the branches of "Ukrposhta" managed to perform their work to a large extent, but now the company cannot guarantee the safety of employees, due to the pressure of the occupiers.
The European Union congratulates the departure of the first commercial vessel from the Odesa port after the signing of the grain agreement on July 22. This is the first step towards mitigating the global food crisis, which was provoked by Russia's aggression and the blockade of Ukrainian ports, said the spokesman for the European Commission on Foreign and Security Policy Peter Stano.
A ban on the import of coal from Russia comes into effect in the European Union on August 1. This measure was included in the fifth package of sanctions approved on April 7, 2022.
Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Russia on the territory of Ukraine, 884 objects of health care facilities were damaged, 123 were completely destroyed, and 18 civilian medical workers died while performing their professional duties, and 56 more were seriously injured, the Minister of Health Viktor Liashko said.
The special services of the Russian Federation use gaming mobile applications to collect information about the location of military units and civil infrastructure facilities, reports the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine: "Through Russian applications, the enemy in the form of a game receives from users information about the location of military facilities, critical infrastructure, or induces citizens to unknowingly help the occupiers".
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The first ship with Ukrainian food left the Odesa port, announced Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Oleksandr Kubrakov. RAZONI vessel under the Sierra Leone flag is heading to the port of Tripoli in Lebanon. It is moving through the safe corridor guaranteed by the partners—the UN and Turkey. It carries 26,000 tons of Ukrainian maize. Ukraine is the 4th largest exporter of corn in the world.
During the night, the Russian military shelled several civilian objects in Mykolaiv. Mayor Oleksandr Sienkevych confirmed that a new modern emergency room was among them. Russians hit a house in the Dnipropetrovsk region where six children were staying. They were not injured, the rescuers moved them to a safe place. The Regional State Emergency Service reported that on the night of August 1 the Russian troops fired a total of 60 Grad missiles at the region.
Russia is probably adjusting the offensive operations in Donbas after failing to make a decisive breakthrough according to the plan it has followed since April, reports the UK MoD intelligence. It also suggests that the Russian Federation will redeploy a significant number of its forces from northern Donbas to the south of Ukraine, as the Zaporizhzhia front is considered vulnerable.
Russian troops have resumed targeted ground attacks to the northwest and southwest of Izium in the Kharkiv region. This may indicate that the Russian army is creating conditions for an offensive toward Kharkiv, says Institute for the Study of War (ISW) analytics. At the same time, ISW believes that Russians will not be able to capture Kharkiv.
Ukraine will receive two mine countermeasures vessels from the UK, said Ukraine's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Vadym Prystaiko. He also confirmed that Britain will train ten thousand AFU fighters every 120 days. Volunteers most of whom do not have military education will receive basic training.
According to the NSDC Centre for Countering Disinformation, during the 5 months of the war, Russia attacked civilian objects almost 60 times more often than the military. 17,300 strikes targeted civilian objects and only 300 military ones.
Uzhhorod International Airport is not ready to restore air connections any time soon, said the head of Zakarpattia Regional Administration. Yesterday media suggested that this airport can resume operations despite the war in Ukraine, as it has a unique runway: aircraft take off and land through Slovakia's airspace. "The sky over Ukraine as well as all its airports is closed," said Viktor Mykyta. He stressed that the airport is not ready to accept or send civilian flights to the European Union.
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Along the entire front line in the regions of Kharkiv, Kherson and the Donbas, Russian troops are carrying out artillery fire. Also, Russians are moving forces from the Slovyansk direction to the Zaporizhzhia one, the General Staff reports. In the Kramatorsk direction near Serebrianka, the Armed Forces of Ukraine repulsed a reconnaissance group of Russian troops and repelled Russian attacks in the Vershyna, Soledar, Yakovlivka, and Pokrovske districts (this is the road to Bakhmut).
The Russian Federation does not respond to Ukraine's requests regarding the return of the bodies of Ukrainian prisoners of war who died as a result of the explosion in the Olenivka colony on July 29, Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said. Russians also refused to let specialists of the International Committee of the Red Cross, who wanted to provide aid to the wounded, help evacuate the seriously wounded to hospitals and identify the bodies of the dead in Olenivka, the organization said in its statement.
The Russians attacked the Odesa region with two Iskander-type missiles launched from the temporarily occupied Crimea. The so-called "heat flares" flew over the territory of the Odesa district from the explosion of rockets in the air. Several of these caused dry grass to catch fire. Rescue services eliminate fires. Currently, there is no information about the injured.
The first caravan consisting of 16 ships with Ukrainian grain will soon leave the ports of Ukraine and head to Africa. The first stop will be Istanbul. It is expected that the first ship that will leave Ukrainian ports will be in the territorial waters of Turkey on August 3.
As a result of the shelling of Mykolaiv on the night of July 31, Oleksii Vadaturskyi, who is a Hero of Ukraine and the general director of the agricultural enterprise "Nibulon", which is engaged in the cultivation of agricultural crops and the development of breeding livestock, died. His wife also died. Vadaturskyi was 74 years old. In 2021, Forbes estimated the businessman's fortune at $430 million.
In the Bulgarian city of Karobat, a fire broke out in the territory of an ammunition warehouse belonging to businessman Emilian Gebrev, who previously confirmed the supply of weapons to Ukraine after 2014. According to the businessman, an alarm went off in the warehouse area in the morning and an explosion occurred a few minutes later. There were no casualties as a result of the fire and explosion.
Lebanon arrested the Syrian ship LAODICEA loaded with barley and wheat flour. The country is investigating whether the cargo could have been stolen from Ukraine by Russians. The embassy of Ukraine in Lebanon reports: "We received key documents and evidence from Ukraine that the flour and barley on board of the LAODICEA were stolen from Ukraine. Tomorrow we will submit a petition to the judge in Tripoli to extend the term of arrest."
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On the night of July 31, Russians shelled Mykolaiv almost continuously for 5 hours. The mayor of the city, Oleksandr Sienkevych, called it "probably the heaviest shelling" during the entire war. According to preliminary information, one person died, two more were injured, infrastructure objects were damaged.
The Chernihiv, Dnipropetrovsk and Kharkiv regions - Russia continues to attack these regions. And it is also trying to hit the Ukrainian army and civilians in the Donbas. The positions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces have been shelled along the entire line of contact. In addition, the Russian Federation carried out an airstrike, "GRAD", "URAGAN" and artillery strikes were carried out in the Donetsk region in the past day. The cities and towns of the region were shelled. Houses, the market and the fields were ruined. During one day, three people were killed and 8 more were injured in the region.
Mandatory evacuation of the population will begin in the Donetsk region due to the fact that it is impossible to provide heating in the region: the Russian Federation destroyed all gas networks with shelling, the government said. President Zelensky urged people not to postpone the decision to leave.
The occupying authorities of Sevastopol announced an attack on the headquarters of the Russian fleet. The representative of the self-proclaimed "authority" of the annexed Crimea, the so-called "governor" of Sevastopol, Mikhail Razvozhaev, said that the headquarters of the Russian fleet was attacked by a drone.
He blamed Ukraine for the attack. Serhii Bratchuk, the head of the Odesa regional military administration, called it a provocation.
Russia is smuggling gold out of Sudan to support President Vladimir Putin's war effort in Ukraine. This is stated in the CNN investigation.
It is noted that a few days after the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation in Ukraine, a Russian cargo plane carrying gold took off from Sudan, although according to the documents it was transporting cookies.
The actions and statements of the President of Belarus, Alexandr Lukashenko, who is not recognized by a number of countries, as well as the missile strikes that the Russian army inflicts on Ukraine from the territory of Belarus, testify to Lukashenko's almost complete dependence on Russia. This is reported by the Ministry of Defense of Great Britain with reference to intelligence.
Singer Sting supported Ukraine during a concert in Warsaw. On Saturday evening, Sting's concert took place at the National Stadium in Warsaw, where he addressed the audience. According to Sting, the war in Ukraine is an absurdity built on lies: "If we swallow this lie, it will eat us. But lies are terrified of the truth. The truth must be heard. And we cannot lose this battle."
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The United Nations is ready to send experts to Ukraine to help investigate the shelling of the Olenivka colony. Ukraine demands that the Russian Federation provide lists of dead and wounded Ukrainian soldiers in the colony, and has begun the procedure of returning the bodies of the dead. The "Azov" regiment establishes the names of the perpetrators and organizers of the execution of the colony.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled several attacks by Russian troops in Donbas, but the Russians managed to approach the village of Semihirya in the Bakhmut District and begin to establish themselves on its outskirts, the General Staff reports.
The armed forces of Ukraine struck the railway bridge over the Dnipro River in Kherson, depriving the Russian military of the opportunity to use it, in particular to deliver military equipment. The other day, the Armed Forces of Ukraine struck the Antoniv and Daryiv bridges, as well as on the road through the Kakhovskaya HPP dam — these are all logistical routes used by the Russians in the Kherson region.
Poland is ready to hand over another eight Polish-made Krab self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine. The first 18 self-propelled howitzers were delivered to Ukraine as part of military support back in May. In total, Ukraine ordered about 60 Krab self-propelled guns and other additional vehicles.
Norway handed over 14 Iveco LAV III armored vehicles to Ukraine. Armored vehicles have good mobility and protection. It was these vehicles that were used by the Norwegian military in Afghanistan. The Norwegian government said the armored vehicles are being delivered in addition to other military equipment, such as artillery, MANPADS and armored personnel carriers, which the country has previously transferred to Ukraine.
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Photo and video evidence of yesterday's strike on Olenivka supports the Ukrainian version rather than the Russian, however, the Institute for the Study of War cannot draw precise conclusions at the moment. Nonetheless, ISW analysts noted that the damage done to the building does not look as if it was caused by HIMARS. The General Staff of the Armed Forces stated that Russian troops shelled the correctional facility with Ukrainian prisoners of war in occupied Olenivka, Donetsk region, and accused Ukraine of committing war crimes.
The Embassy of the Russian Federation in the UK posted a controversial tweet about Ukrainian fighters of the Azov regiment on July 29, which caused a stormy reaction on the social network. Twitter marked it as violating the rules on hate speech yet did not remove it in the interests of the public.
Head of Mykolaiv regional administration Vitalii Kim reported that the Russian military attacked a residential district in Mykolaiv during the night. One person was killed and six wounded, according to the preliminary reports. Some residential buildings were severely damaged.
The aftermath of the night shelling of the Mykolaiv residential district on July 30
Kharkiv was attacked twice during the night: one of the rockets hit an educational institution. Fifteen houses were damaged by shelling in Nikopol, Dnipropetrovsk region, another one was destroyed. Chernihiv region suffered mortar fire. The Sloviansk bus station was also bombed, as well as Siversk, where a missile hit and damaged Social Services Office. The number of casualties is currently unknown.
Russia continues to storm the positions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in Donbas. However, the size and actions of the Russian army remain unchanged, reports Ukrainian General Staff.
President Zelensky made a statement from Chornomorskyi port in Odesa that Ukraine is ready to resume food export starting "today or tomorrow". Congresswoman Victoria Spartz called UN Secretary-General to suspend the "grain deal" as it is not implemented properly, and Ukraine needs better security measures.
The U.S. Senate passed a resolution to call the Department of State to recognise Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism following its actions in Ukraine, Georgia, Syria, and Chechnya, which "have resulted in countless civilian deaths."
2.3 million Ukrainians have already received financial aid of 500 thousand USD from various UN agencies and other humanitarian partners, said the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs representative Lizaveta Zhuk.
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Russian troops shelled the correctional facility in occupied Olenivka, Donetsk oblast, where Ukrainian prisoners of war who defended Mariupol and Azovstal were held, reported the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. About 40 people were killed, and 130 were injured according to the Prosecutor General's Office. The security service of Ukraine intercepted telephone conversations which confirm that the Russian troops are responsible for this tragedy. The adviser to the head of the President's Office, Mykhailo Podoliak, noted that there were no operational military targets for the Ukrainian army in Olenivka. Mr Podoliak added: "We know that some of the captured defenders were transferred to the barracks, which were hit, a few days before the crime. This is a classic, cynical, and very thought-out false flag operation". The General Staff of the Armed Forces reported that the attack was carried out by mercenaries of the Wagner PMC without coordination with the Russian military leadership. The Russian Defence Ministry claimed that Ukraine has shelled the facility with HIMARS MLRS during the night. Representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross have submitted a request and will try to reach the shelled prison.
A video of two Russian soldiers torturing a prisoner of war in a Ukrainian uniform went viral on Russian Telegram channels. The soldiers castrate the captive with a stationery knife. The video also shows a car marked with the letter Z — the symbol of Russian equipment in the occupied territories. One of the torturers wears a cowboy hat. Dmytro Lubynets, the Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights, appealed to the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine to verify the fact and record the war crime and violation of the Geneva Convention.
Russian artillery troops are shelling almost the entire front line in Kharkiv and Donbas. The General Staff reported that the Armed Forces of Ukraine disbanded a Russian reconnaissance group in the Donetsk region. The group was operating in Shchurovka (Sloviansk direction) and in the areas of Soledar, Vershyna, and Semyhiria on the way to Bakhmut.
Macedonia handed over third-generation tanks from the 1970s and 1980s to Ukraine. Macedonian army owns 31 of those, however, the country's MoD has not specified how many were transferred to Ukraine.
Germany plans to send 16 Biber armoured bridgelayer tanks to Ukraine which are designed for operating in difficult areas on the ground and water reservoirs.
Ukraine will receive an additional 450 million CAD (351 million USD) from Canada. The funds will finance priority expenditures of the Ukrainian budget.
Verkhovna Rada passed the bill that mandates all the new houses built in Ukraine to have a bomb shelter or access to a nearby shelter.
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At 4 am Russia shelled Kharkiv city centre. A rescue operation is underway, no casualties have been reported yet.
Later in the morning, the Russian army shelled Mykolaiv and hit close to a public transport stop. Four people were killed, and seven more were injured, according to the head of the regional administration Vitalii Kim.
Nikopol and Kryvyi Rih districts of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast suffered artillery shelling during the night. No casualties were reported so far, however, several thousand people are left without electricity. Russians also carried out a missile strike on Kropyvnytskyi: five people were killed, and another 25 were injured.
On July 28, the Russian military shelled Bakhmut with Uragans MLRS four times. Six apartment buildings and six houses were damaged. At least three people were killed and three were wounded.
Ukrainian Armed Forces successfully repelled a Russian assault near Vershyna and Semyhiria in the Bakhmut direction. Russian troops are shelling the front line and are trying to advance near Novoluhansk and Soledar reports the General Staff.
The Russian army will probably focus on Bakhmut in Donbas while trying to create conditions for an offensive on Kharkiv, suggests the Institute for the Study of War analytics.
The UK ambassador to Ukraine, Melinda Simmons, announced that she and the other G7 ambassadors are currently in Odesa together with representatives of Turkey.
On July 28, platoon commander poet Hlib Babich was killed in a battle with the Russian invaders. Babich wrote more than 500 poems and in 2021 published the Poems and Songs book. He wrote the anthem for Kolomyia Ten. Babich also led the volunteer initiative "Res_Publica. Brothers in arms."
The President’s Office condemned the viral video, depicting Russian servicemen torturing a Ukrainian prisoner. "Russian propagandists have admiringly shown how Russian inhumans tortured a Ukrainian prisoner. The world needs to understand that Russia is a country of cannibals who enjoy tortures and killings," said the adviser to the head of the President's Office, Mykhailo Podoliak.
UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, the contender for the Prime Minister post, said she would be Ukraine's “biggest friend” if she becomes the PM, according to Reuters. She promises to continue Boris Johnson's policy after he was forced to resign in early July at the request of his fellow party members due to several scandals.
The US State Department has announced an award of up to $10 million for information about interference in American elections by Russian businessman and "Putin's cook" Yevgeniy Prigozhin, his Internet Research Agency ("troll factory") as well as related people and organisations.
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The General Staff reports on massive artillery shelling by the Russian army along the entire front line in the Donbas and Kharkiv region. In Donetsk region, the Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled Russian attacks on Avdiivka and Pisky and in the areas of Berestovo, Nagirny, Yakovlivka, and Semihirya (this is the direction to Bakhmut). However, Russian troops managed to partially advance in the areas of Soledar and Vershina.
Both parties in the US Congress support sending Ukraine long-range missiles, known as ATACMS, which can hit at a distance of more than 280 kilometers. Elissa Slotkin, a representative of the Democratic Party, a member of the House of Representatives Committee on Armed Forces Affairs, said this.
The US Senate passed a resolution calling on the State Department to recognize Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism due to events in Ukraine, Chechnya, Georgia and Syria that have led to "the deaths of countless people."
In order to quickly seize the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Russia began sending undercover agents to Ukraine long before the full-scale invasion. They were supposed to establish contact with the officials responsible for the security of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and ensure the absence of armed resistance after the arrival of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. This is stated in the investigation of the Reuters agency.
The Prosecutor General of Ukraine, Andriy Kostin, confirmed Oleksandr Klymenko as the winner of the competition for the head of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office. EU Ambassador to Ukraine Matti Maasikas and US Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink welcomed this decision: Ukraine fulfilled one of the recommendations of the European Commission accompanying the status of a candidate for EU membership.
During his visit to the Verkhovna Rada, the President of Lithuania Gitanas Nauseda presented Volodymyr Zelenskyi with the highest award of the Republic of Lithuania — the Order of Vytautas the Great with a gold chain. He also announced a new aid package for Ukraine. It will include ammunition, 10 armored vehicles and anti-drone systems.
The creative director of the Spanish fashion house Balenciaga Demna Gvasalia became the ambassador of the Ukrainian state fundraising platform UNITED24, Volodymyr Zelenskyi reported. In support of the Balenciaga platform, a special sweatshirt was created. 100% of the profit from the sale of such sweatshirts will be transferred to the reconstruction of Ukraine.
UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings against the Turkish club "Fenerbahçe" due to the behavior of fans during the Champions League match with Kyiv "Dynamo". The Ukrainian club won with a score of 2:1. However, the match itself was marred by scandal: Turkish fans chanted the name and surname of Vladimir Putin after the incident with Dynamo Kyiv scored a goal. "Fenerbahce" reacted to the behavior of its fans: chanting of fans does not correspond to the values promoted by the club.
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Russian troops launched missile strikes on the Kharkiv and Kyiv regions, fired 9 missiles on the Chernihiv region, constantly attacked peaceful settlements and the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions. The Dnipropetrovsk region was hit by "Hurricanes" and artillery. Mykolaiv suffered a massive rocket attack in the morning again.
According to the operational command "South" today between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m., Belarusian sources received information about the launch of more than 20 missiles from the territory of Belarus.
According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the main efforts of the Russian army are focused on taking full control over the territories of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions. And also Russians are focused on the retention of captured districts of the Kherson and parts of Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia, and Mykolaiv regions. Russian militaries are also blocking Ukraine's marine communications in the Black Sea.
Meanwhile, Ukraine's counteroffensive in the Kherson region, which is temporarily occupied by Russians, is gaining momentum. According to the Ministry of Defense of Great Britain with reference to the data of British intelligence, the Armed Forces have created a bridgehead for the offensive. They used the new long-range artillery to damage at least three bridges over the Dnipro River, which are important for the supply of Russian forces.
One of the key bridges, Antonivsky, was seriously damaged after an attack on the night of July 27. President Zelensky said that Ukraine will restore the Antoniv bridge after the deoccupation of the Kherson region.
To the Day of Ukrainian Statehood, which is celebrated on July 28, "Ukrposhta" issued the fourth postage stamp during the period of martial law, which is called "Good evening, we are from Ukraine". This is a Ukrainian catchphrase that gained popularity during the war as a greeting and a sign of national unity and identity. Ukrainians chose the theme and stamp design by voting.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) allocated almost $74 million in additional humanitarian aid to support Ukrainians affected by the war unleashed by Russia. Thus, the total amount of humanitarian aid that USAID has provided to Ukrainians already reaches more than $1 billion, and the total contribution of the US government is more than $1.5 billion.
Poland will be provided with Bayraktar for Ukraine for free. This was announced by the initiator of the fund-raising campaign, a well-known public figure, political scientist and journalist Slavomir Sierakovskii.
The Poles collected about 4.7 million dollars for the attack drone. According to the journalist, this money will be spent on humanitarian aid to Ukrainians.
US Secretary of State Blinken plans to hold talks with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov for the first time since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine. He plans to discuss the release of two US citizens illegally detained in Russia — Paul Whelan and basketball player Britney Greiner, CNN reports.
The President of Lithuania Gitanas Nauseda visited Kyiv on the Day of Ukrainian Statehood. He has a scheduled speech in the Council and a meeting with Volodymyr Zelensky.
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The German federal government has approved the sale of a hundred Panzerhaubitze 2000 self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine, worth more than €1 billion, the German publication Der Spiegel reports with reference to its own sources. The production of all howitzers will probably last several years, so it is primarily about the long-term strengthening of the Ukrainian army.
Ukraine is now receiving what was needed back in the spring from international partners, said Oleksii Danilov, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council. But he added that the intensification of arms supplies "is quite powerful" during last month.
In the Donetsk region, the Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled attempts of Russian troops to attack in the Slovyansk, Donetsk, Kramatorsk, and Bakhmut directions, the General Staff reports.
A Joint Coordination Centre was opened in Istanbul, which should ensure the sea transportation of grain from Ukraine. This was reported by Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar. The centre consists of 5 representatives of Russia, Ukraine and the UN, as well as Turkey. The document signed by the parties will be valid for 120 days and will continue unless terminated by the parties.
The district prosecutor's office of the city of Poznań has started an investigation into a Polish company that failed to fulfill agreements with a Ukrainian volunteer organization in the amount of €40,000. It is about the purchase of fuel for the Armed Forces of Ukraine and humanitarian organizations.
The G7 countries intend to introduce a price cap mechanism for Russian oil exports by December 5, Reuters reports citing its own sources among officials close to the discussion. As the publication explains, it is on December 5 that the sanctions prohibiting the sea import of Russian oil will enter into force. At the same time, the G7 wants the price of Russian oil to be higher than production costs to provide an incentive for continued production, but much lower than current market prices.
Iran and Russia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which will intensify cooperation in the field of air transportation. This agreement will apply to civilian aircraft, not military ones, explained Alireza Kazemi, the second secretary of the Iranian Embassy in Ukraine.
A couple of new national polls. The results of the survey by the sociological group "Rating": 86% of Ukrainians said that the economic condition of Ukraine has worsened over the past six months, among those who worked before the war, 59% are currently working, 90% of respondents do not want to go abroad for permanent residence. The results of the survey conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology: 84% of surveyed Ukrainians believe that no territorial concessions are acceptable, 10% say that in order to achieve peace and preserve independence, it is possible to give up some territories.
The Verkhovna Rada approved a draft law that temporarily prohibits banks, non-bank institutions and collectors from collecting overdue debts from the servicemen. The document was supported by 302 deputies.
Since February 24, Russia has destroyed at least 183 religious buildings in 14 regions in Ukraine. In particular, churches, mosques, synagogues, educational and administrative buildings of religious communities. This is evidenced by the monitoring results of the State Service of Ukraine for Ethnopolitics and Freedom of Conscience.
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On the night of July 27, the Armed Forces of Ukraine attacked the Antonivskyi Bridge in Kherson according to Nataliia Humeniuk, the head of the joint press centre of the Southern Defence Forces. The bridge has suffered significant damage, its restoration will take a lot of time and resources which will complicate the supply of weapons to the Russian occupation troops in the Kherson region.
The Department of Strategic Communications of the Armed Forces showed the aftermath of the strike on the Antonivskyi Bridge:
Donbas. The UK MoD intelligence suggests that Russian PMC Wagner likely managed to carry out a tactical offensive in Donbas near the Vuhlehirska power plant and the nearby village of Novoluhanske. The Ukrainian military had to withdraw from the area.
Russian occupiers launched a rocket attack on Avdiivka and Toretsk in Donetsk Oblast on the morning of July 27. The invaders shelled a hotel in Bakhmut, and some casualties have been reported.
On the night of July 27, Russian troops struck two districts of the Dnipropetrovsk region: one person was injured, and some buildings are destroyed. Kharkiv city and the whole region suffered shelling as well: some administrative buildings and an educational institution were damaged.
Russia's total combat losses since the beginning of the full-scale invasion till July 27 are about 40,070 people. Ukrainian forces liquidated 200 Russian military personnel in the past 24 hours, informed the General Staff.
Following the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Tehran, Iran and the Russian Federation signed a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate in air transportation, reports Mehr News Agency. In particular, Iran will provide the Russian Federation with spare parts and repair Russian aircraft.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson may become the next NATO Secretary General next September when Jens Stoltenberg leaves his post, writes The Telegraph. According to the media, Johnson has long been considered for the position of NATO Secretary General due to the lack of trust from the US to EU leaders heading the Alliance. The Baltic states also trust the UK and Mr Johnson himself has received international recognition for helping Ukraine in the war against Russia.
Russian gas monopolist Gazprom will reduce gas supply by Nord Stream-1 pipeline to no more than 20% of its capacity according to RIA Novosti. No more than 33 million cubic meters will be delivered per day while the expected volume is 167 million.
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In the Donetsk region, Russian militaries tried to advance on Slovyansk near Bohorodychne (unsuccessfully), in the Kramatorsk direction, the Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled Russian attacks near Ivano-Daryivka, the General Staff reports. Also, the Ukrainian army repelled Russian assaults in the Berestove, Soledar and Semihirya districts — this is in the direction of Bakhmut, and now they are fighting near Pokrovske.
Russian armed formations based on the territory of Chechnya, next to the signs of belonging to a certain unit, began to place patches with the inscription "To Kyiv" on their military uniforms. In particular, such patches were seen in the capital of Chechnya, Grozny, on the uniforms of security forces from the special purpose police regiment named after Akhmat Kadyrov. Chevrons also appeared on the uniforms of the police, riot police units and other law enforcement agencies.
German MARS II multiple rocket launchers have already arrived in Ukraine. They were provided by Germany as part of the agreements. This system on a tracked chassis is an analogue of the American M270 MLRS. The maximum range of hitting targets is 45,000 — 70,000 metres, depending on the type of ammunition.
From August 30 to September 5, 2022, Russia will conduct strategic drill "East-2022" with the troops of the Eastern Military District, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reports. Part of the forces of airborne troops, long-range and military transport aviation, as well as military contingents of other countries will be involved in the drill.
Russia has begun an active phase of preparing a pseudo-referendum on the illegal annexation of the temporarily occupied territories of eastern Ukraine. To carry out the so-called "expression of will", the Russian Federation plans to use the pro-Russian organization "Donetsk Republic", the Security Service of Ukraine claims. According to the agency, more than 1,000 "activists" are already active in the "Donetsk Republic" and hold daily meetings with the population of the temporarily occupied territories.
On the last day of the grace period, July 26, National joint-stock company "Naftogaz of Ukraine" did not pay bond debts to the owners of Eurobonds. This means the default of the company.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Vladimir Putin has expressed interest in purchasing the products of the Baykar Makina company, which is a manufacturer of UAVs, in particular the Bayraktar TB2.
On July 26, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy received the Winston Churchill Leadership Award.
The European Union extended the sanctions against Russia for six months. Therefore, all packages of restrictions introduced since 2014 will remain in effect until at least January 31, 2023.
The member states of the European Union officially agreed on July 26 to voluntarily reduce the demand for natural gas by 15% compared to their average consumption over the past five years. The demand cut will be in place for a year, and the European Commission will review the decision in May 2023.
Ex-chancellor of Germany Gerhard Schroeder came to Moscow for a few days. According to him, he came to the city "for rest". At the same time, Schroeder's wife, Soyon Schroeder-Kim, confirmed to Spiegel that her husband is not on vacation, but is "negotiating energy policy in Moscow." Other sources of the publication reported that Schroeder arrived in Moscow via Baku for the purpose of negotiations, "the topic of which will be the supply of gas through the Northern Stream-1 gas pipeline." It was not specified who exactly the official will talk to.
Polish diplomats will not take part in meetings attended by representatives of Russia or Belarus, said the country's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavel Jablonskyi.
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On the morning of July 26, the Russian military launched massive rocket attacks on Odesa Oblast from the air as well as a rocket strike on Mykolaiv. They also shelled the civilian infrastructure of Kharkiv and attacked the Dnipropetrovsk region. Constant shelling continues in Donbas, and battles carry on in the Beryslav and Kakhovka districts of Kherson Oblast. In the past 24 hours, the Russian Federation has also attacked the border territories of Ukraine in Chernihiv and Sumy Oblasts more than fifty times.
Russian troops are strengthening their positions in Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions preparing for a Ukrainian counterattack, states the Institute for the Study of War. Ukrainian troops continue to strike Russian strongholds in the south.
Ukraine managed to retrieve the bodies of 25 soldiers killed in battles with Russian troops. Ministry of Reintegration reported that another operation to transfer servicemen's bodies took place on July 26.
5,237 civilians were killed and 7,035 injured in five months of the full-scale war in Ukraine. At least 348 children were killed and 560 injured. This is the official data of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights from February 24 to midnight July 24.
Russia is trying to recruit mercenaries from Central Asia—prisoners and locals from remote regions—reports the Main Intelligence Department of the Ukrainian MoD. The intelligence notes that the campaign is actively promoted in Russia under the slogan "a battalion from each subject of the federation". The Kremlin obliged each of the 85 Russian regions, including Crimea and Sevastopol, to form a battalion.
On Monday, July 25, the Russian gas monopolist Gazprom announced that another Siemens turbine will be stopped for repair at the Portovaya compression station, which ensures gas pumping by Nord Stream-1. The turbine shutdown will lead to reducing gas supply to 33 million cubic meters per day. The world community condemned these actions and called them political decisions. At the same time, Russian Federation dramatically increased the gas pressure in the Ukrainian gas pipeline near the border with Russia, which could cause an accident.
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In the Donetsk region, the Armed Forces of Ukraine stopped the Russian offensive in the direction of Pokrovsky (this is the Bakhmut district), in the Kramatorsk direction, they again repelled the Russian troops in the Spirnyi and Ivano-Daryivka areas, but the Russian army partially managed to gain a foothold in the Vuglegirsk TPP area. In the Kharkiv region, the Russians suffered significant losses after the battles in the Tsupivka — Dementiivka direction (this is north of Kharkiv, closer to the border with Russia).
Volodymyr Zelenskyi fired the commander of the Special Operations Forces Hryhoriy Galahan. By another decree, the president appointed a new commander — Viktor Horenko. Also, Volodymyr Zelenskyi dismissed Ruslan Demchenko from the post of First Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine. Later, the presidential spokesman Serhiy Nikiforov explained that the dismissal was related to Demchenko's health.
In Donetsk region, the occupiers plan to hold a "referendum" with 70% of votes in favor of joining the Russian Federation. This was reported by the journalists of Radio Svoboda, who had access to the "Strategy for the Preparation and Holding of the Referendum on the Entry of the DPR into the Russian Federation". The date of the "referendum" is not specified in the document. According to the publication's source, one of the options that Russia is allegedly considering is September 11.
Ukraine has signed the first contracts worth 260.5 million hryvnias for the purchase of drones for the "Drone Army", Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov said. These are 78 Matrice multicopters equipped with artificial intelligence technology, two ground systems for 20 Warmate kamikaze attack drones and 20 Fly Eye reconnaissance drones.
The European Investment Bank allocated EUR 1.59 billion in financial aid from the European Union to Ukraine. At the same time, EUR 1.05 billion of the total amount will be provided immediately.
The grain agreement and the opening of Ukrainian ports for export will affect the world price of grain. After signing the agreement, the price of grain on the exchange immediately changed — it fell by 3-4 dollars, explained Minister of Agrarian Policy Mykola Solskyi. But he added that the capacities of three Ukrainian ports allow for the export of approximately three million tons of grain per month. This will make it possible to receive approximately 1 billion dollars of foreign currency revenue per month. At the same time, final preparations for the opening of the coordination center in compliance with the "grain agreements" are underway in Istanbul. This was announced by the Minister of Infrastructure Oleksandr Kubrakov.
4.5 million Ukrainians registered as internally displaced persons (IDPs). This is the largest amount of displacement since the Second World War, said Deputy Minister of Reintegration, Commissioner for IDPs Pavlo Kozyrev.
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Once again, Russian army command faces a dilemma whether to escalate the offensive in the east or strengthen the defence in the west, while ongoing battles in Donbas and Kherson region bring no avail, reports the UK MoD intelligence.
Russian occupying forces attacked Chuhuiv on the night of July 25. The rockets hit a school and a cultural centre with civilians inside, reported the head of Kharkiv Oblast Administration Oleh Syniehubov. People are trapped under the rubble. A rescue operation is in progress.
Russian forces continued shelling Mykolaiv Oblast on July 24 and attacked Dnipropetrovsk Oblast all night long.
Russian military continues the offensive on the Bakhmut and Kramatorsk directions in Donbas. During the night, Russians shelled the outskirts of Kramatorsk with MLRS.
The Department of Strategic Communications of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that the Ukrainian military hit a Russian command post located in a hotel in Khrustalnyi.
The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) notes that Russian information space becomes increasingly anxious over the slowdown of Russian operations amid successful attacks of highly mobile HIMARS artillery missile systems on key Russian logistical and command and control nodes.
The cost of the equipment for Ukrainian army soldiers who get ready at their expenses can be roughly estimated at a quarter of a million UAH (about 68,000 USD), a serviceman told Suspilne. Volunteers provide significant help, but they can't reach all the Armed Forces, so the fighters try to buy the equipment themselves.
Poland has collected 22.5 million PLN (about 5 million USD) for a Bayraktar for Ukraine earlier than expected. In addition, the Polish government handed over PT-91 Twardy tanks which have already arrived in Ukraine. According to Krzysztof Płatek, spokesman for the Polish Armament Agency, the country plans to replace them with equipment from South Korea.
The UN disproved the comment made by an unnamed source to The New York Times regarding the shelling of the Odesa port. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine asked the UN leadership for clarifications and was assured that the unofficial comment of an "unnamed source" to The New York Times does not reflect the position of the UN. Only Secretary-General António Guterres's statements can express the official organisation's position.
Meanwhile, the Administration of Seaports of Ukraine is preparing to restore operations in Ukrainian ports Odesa, Chornomorsk, and Pivdenny. The ships will be proceeding as a caravan led by an escort ship.
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In Donetsk region, the Ukrainian military repelled Russian attacks in the directions of Volodymyrivka — Bakhmutske and Dolomytne — Novoluhanske (this is how Russian troops are advancing towards Bakhmut), again stopped the offensive in the Bogorodichno region (this is the road to Slovyansk), and again repelled the offensive of Russian troops in Vugleghirsk TPP In the Kramatorsk direction, the Ukrainian military repelled attacks in the Verkhnokamyansk district. In the Kherson region, the Armed Forces of Ukraine destroyed a Russian S-300 anti-aircraft battery in the Zelenotropynsky — this is the Skadovsky district, from where the Russians shelled Mykolaiv.
Civilian pilots and aviation personnel of Russian state airlines are involved in the war against Ukraine, reports the Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine. The department notes that the crews of the An-124-100 and Il-76 MD planes have repeatedly transported military personnel, weapons and equipment to participate in the war.
As The Telegraph writes with reference to an interlocutor in the British government, Boris Johnson is planning a last trip to Ukraine to meet with Volodymyr Zelenskyi before leaving the Downing Street office. "He can't just leave like that," said the interlocutor of the publication.
The Administration of Sea Ports of Ukraine, after signing the agreement on the export of Ukrainian grain on July 22, begins to form caravans for the departure and arrival of ships to the ports of Odesa, Chornomorsk and Pivdenny.
In Poland, money was collected for Bayraktar for Ukraine. We are talking about the amount of 22.5 million zlotys (about 5 million US dollars), which was collected on one of the online platforms. More than 200,000 Poles transferred money.
Russian contractors who refuse to fight with Ukraine are detained in the occupied territory of the Luhansk region. The father of one of the soldiers told the Russian opposition publication The Insider about this on condition of anonymity. Human rights defenders confirmed the identity of the soldier to journalists.
US Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink reported that the US is considering declaring Russia a state sponsor of terrorism. But that definition, Brink said, needs careful analysis under American law.
Pope Francis said he wants to visit Ukraine and try to put an end to the five-month war, which he has repeatedly condemned.
During a press conference in Cairo, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Sergey Lavrov, said that the Russian Federation is ready for negotiations with Ukraine on a "broader range of issues", but "the Ukrainian authorities constantly state that there will be no negotiations until Ukraine defeats Russia on the battlefield." And in this, Lavrov added, Western allies support Ukraine.
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On Sunday morning Ukrainian air defense shot down three Kalibr cruise missiles over Khmelnytskyi region launched from the Black Sea, the Air Force Command reported. On the morning of July 24, around 04:00, Mykolaiv came under fire again. It is known beforehand that the warehouse was hit.
During the past day, July 23, Russian troops shelled the border of the Chernihiv region. In total, about 30 explosions were recorded. In the evening of July 23, the Russian army shelled the Kryviy Rih district in the Dnipropetrovsk region. According to the head of the regional administration, there were no casualties or damage.
Russia confirmed the attack on the Odesa port, saying that the Kalibr missiles allegedly destroyed the object of the military infrastructure of the Odesa port. And the UN said that Russia, with its missile attack on the port of Odesa, may not have technically violated the agreement signed in Istanbul on unblocking the export of Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea. According to a high-ranking UN official cited by The New York Times, Russia did not promise not to fire at those parts of Ukrainian ports that are not directly involved in the export of grain.
Statements by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Sergey Lavrov, that Russia has expanded the scope of its so-called "special military operation" beyond the borders of the self-proclaimed "LPR" and "DPR" are not true. The British Ministry of Defense, citing British intelligence, reported that Lavrov made his comments to pave the way for referendums in the occupied territories outside of Luhansk and Donetsk.
In turn, the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) writes that Ukrainian troops are probably preparing to launch or have already launched a counteroffensive in the Kherson region.
The Russian army continues its attempts to advance on Donbas in the direction of Bakhmut, trying to capture the Vuglegirska TPP. Shelling continues in all directions. Ukrainian rocket-artillery and aviation units continue to hit strongholds, concentration points and warehouses of the Russian army. This is reported by the General Staff of the Armed Forces.
The European Union added amendments to the sanctions against Russia. According to the changes in the sanctions policy, the Russian state companies Rosneft and Gazprom will supply oil to third countries.
Meanwhile, the EU plans to replace gas from Russia with additional supplies from Nigeria as the bloc prepares for a potential cut in supplies from Russia, said Matthew Baldwin, director general of the European Commission's energy department, Reuters writes. The European Commission announced on Wednesday, July 20, that EU member states must reduce gas consumption by 15% from August to March.
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On the morning of July 23, the Russian military fired 13 missiles at the Kropyvnytskyi district in the Kirovohrad region. The military airfield and one of the facilities of Ukrzaliznytsia were targeted, the head of the regional administration said. As a result of the rocket attack, three people died, including a serviceman. Nine more servicemen were injured. Russian military also attacked Mykolaiv with six rockets, destroyed a 9-story residential building in Kharkiv, shelled Dnipropetrovsk region.
A passerby in the center of Kyiv. Photo: UNIAN
The Russian military went on an assault in the Pokrovsky district of Donetsk region and the territory of the Vuglehirska TPP. They suffered losses and withdrew, the General Staff reports. The Russians shelled populated areas in the region with artillery, mortars, and anti-aircraft guns, and fired “NURS” missiles and “S-300” air defense systems.
The Russian army mines the roads and banks of the Ingulets River - a tributary of the Dnipro - in the southern areas bordering Snigurivka in Mykolaiv Oblast and Zelenodolsk in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast. This indicates that they may be preparing for a possible counteroffensive by Ukrainian forces in the area, the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) reports.
The southern defense forces struck 34 points and ammunition depots of the Russian military within 10 days. This was reported by the spokesman of the Operational Command "South" Vladyslav Nazarov.
The USA announced a new package of military aid to Ukraine in the amount of 270 million dollars. It includes: +4 HIMARS and their missiles; 36,000 shells for artillery; anti-tank weapons; 580 Phoenix Ghost drones.
It is much cheaper for Western partners to transfer air defense equipment to Ukraine than to support its economy with a budget deficit of $5 billion per month. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated this in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.
According to him, the Himars received from the USA, although they are of great importance, are not enough for Ukraine to turn the situation around. Most of all, Ukraine currently needs air defense systems to protect peaceful cities from Russian missiles.
The USA does not plan to provide Ukraine with tactical missiles with a range of 300 kilometers, because this could be the beginning of the path to the third world war. "Voice of America" writes about this with reference to Jacob Sullivan, the US President's national security adviser. At the same time, the United States is considering the possibility of providing Ukraine with American-made fighter jets
First Lady of Lithuania Diana Nauseda arrived in Kyiv for the Summit of First Ladies and Gentlemen. This was announced by the President of Lithuania Gitanas Nauseda.
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In the Donetsk region, Russian militaries tried to advance to Verkhnokamyanske, Ivano-Daryivka and Pokrovske in the Bakhmut district, but the Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled their attacks. Also, the Ukrainian army stopped Russian offensive near Andriivka and Bilohorivka in the South Buh direction. However, Russians made another unsuccessful attempt to seize the Vuhlehirska TPP, the General Staff reports.
On July 22, Ukraine, Turkey and the UN signed an agreement in Istanbul that concerns the unblocking of ports and the export of Ukrainian grain. Russia also signed the same agreement with Turkey and the UN. The deal is expected to run for 120 days. At the same time, it can be extended in the future, if the war does not end by then. Ukraine will not have to deal with the demining of Ukrainian ports — it is expected that ships will be able to pass through safe corridors. Ukraine is ready to start exporting grain in a few days, Minister of Infrastructure Oleksandr Kubrakov said.
Gennadii Korban, the former leader of the UKROP party and l the head of Dnipro Territorial Defense Centre since February 2022, had his foreign passport confiscated upon entering Ukraine at the checkpoint. At the request of Suspilne, the Office of the President noted that they cannot comment on whether Korban has been deprived of Ukrainian citizenship.
Russia stole $600 million worth of steel from factories and ports located in the temporarily occupied territories, said Yuriy Ryzhenkov, general director of Metinvest.
The Council of the European Union approved the fifth package of military aid to Ukraine in the amount of €500 million.
A fragment of a missile from the Russian anti-aircraft missile complex "Pantsir-S1" washed up on the coast of Bulgaria between the cities of Pomorie and Aheloy. According to experts, this is the engine part of the rocket, which separates after launch and it is no longer explosive.
The self-proclaimed Transnistrian Moldavian Republic will strive for "independence" with subsequent inclusion in the Russian Federation. This was stated by the "head of the Foreign Ministry" of the unrecognized Transnistria Vitaly Ignatyev.
The government of Estonia allocated 5.1 million euros to educational institutions to support the education of Ukrainian children, the press service of the Ministry of Education of Ukraine reported. Estonia has received more than 13 thousand Ukrainians under the age of 19, and more than 4.8 thousand Ukrainian children and youth are registered in the country's education system at all educational levels.
Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation for IT Development Oleksandr Borniakov said that TikTok removed Ukraine from the "region" associated with Russia. Now, in his opinion, TikTok will ban Ukrainian content less.
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Negotiations on resuming Ukrainian grain exports are scheduled for today in Turkey, Ukraine expects that the ports will be unblocked. Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Oleh Nikolenko suggested the negotiations could result in all the parties signing an agreement and committing to the safety of export routes in the Black Sea.
The largest amount of rockets Russia fired at Ukraine targeted Izium in the Kharkiv region according to National Security Council Secretary Mr Danilov. He stated that the city suffered a total of 476 missile strikes. Mariupol is the second most targeted city followed by Mykolaiv.
Russia attacked three districts in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast during the night. The regional administration has published photos of the destruction.
On July 21, Russians carried out two rocket and two air strikes in Luhansk Oblast as well as multiple artillery and mortar fires. Head of regional military administration Serhii Haidai reported that the Ukrainian military repelled two Russian assaults.
The current pace of the Russian offensive is not significantly different from the "operational pause", states to the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) report.
Russia is using air defence missiles for ground attacks more often due to a critical shortage of offence missiles, suggests UK MoD. The UK intelligence is almost certain that Russian Federation has deployed strategic S-300 and S-400 air defence systems, designed to shoot down aircraft and missiles over long distances, near Ukraine.
The IRIS-T ASW systems, promised to Ukraine by Germany, are still in production. Germany Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock stated in an interview with Deutsche Welle that they will be ready by the end of the summer.
NATO is conducting military exercises in the Black Sea for the first time since the beginning of the war in Ukraine. According to News.bg, 24 combat and auxiliary ships, 5 planes, 4 helicopters, and 1,390 marines from 11 countries take part in the Breeze exercise in Bulgarian national waters.
Russia's ability to spy in Europe has been halved after 400 intelligence officers were deported from Europe and several secret spies were arrested, announced MI6 (UK Secret Intelligence Service) chief Richard Moore.
The Russian Federal Air Transport Agency extended the flight ban in the central and southern regions of Russia until July 30.
Military action movie Sniper. The White Raven will be released before Independence Day. The first war movie to be released in Ukraine after the full-scale invasion tells the story of a sniper nicknamed Raven and reveals the role of Ukrainian snipers in the Russian-Ukrainian war of 2014-2022. The film was shot in 2020.
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The European Union approved the seventh package of sanctions against Russia. In particular, it will include an embargo on the import of Russian gold and the extension of the ban on goods that can be used in the defense and security spheres. At the same time, the measures envisage relaxation in some industries, in particular aviation.
The governments of the creditor countries of Ukraine agreed to postpone the payment of the principal amount of the debt and interest from August 1 till the end of 2023, with the possibility of extending the postponement for another year until 2024. This will save $5 billion.
Russia plans to hold "referendums" on the annexation of the captured territories of Ukraine in September, Bloomberg reports.
Great Britain will soon send hundreds of unmanned aerial vehicles, anti-tank weapons and artillery to Ukraine. In particular, the aid includes more than 20 M109 self-propelled howitzers, 36 L119 artillery guns, more than 50,000 ammunition for Soviet-era artillery and more than 1,600 anti-tank systems.
Europol has information about alleged cases of firearms smuggling from Ukraine and their trade on the black market. This was stated by the press secretary of Europol, Jan Op Gen Oort.
On Friday, July 22, the agreement on unblocking the export of grain from Ukrainian ports should be concluded in Istanbul, Turkey, the Turkish newspaper Yeni Şafak reported with reference to the representation of the Turkish president. The ceremony of its signing will apparently take place in the Dolmabahçe office at 4:30 p.m.
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The Russian army is attempting small assaults along the Donbas front line and is likely approaching Vuhlehirska power station, 50 km northeast of Donetsk. Seizing critical infrastructure, such as power plants, remains a priority for Russia, reports the UK Defence Ministry intelligence.
Russian offensive in Donbas is likely to reach a climax in the coming weeks before capturing Sloviansk or Bakhmut, according to Institute for the Study of War (ISW) analytics.
Head of Donetsk regional administration Pavlo Kyrylenko reported that the Russian army destroyed two schools in Kramatorsk and Kostiantynivka on July 21. Two large machine-building enterprises in the industrial part of Kramatorsk were also shelled during the night. Russians attacked Bakhmut city centre as well.
Kharkiv residential quarters were shelled in the morning. Two people were killed, and 17 were wounded including a patrol officer. Head of Mykolaiv regional military administration Vitaly Kim reported that the Russian army has hit a warehouse with humanitarian aid with two missiles during the night. Thousands of tons of groceries burned down.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine attacked Russian positions in the temporarily occupied Enerhodar and destroyed a lot of military personnel and equipment, informed the Presidential Office advisor Oleksii Arestovych.
The United States estimates Russian losses in Ukraine at approximately 15,000 dead and possibly 45,000 wounded, writes Reuters citing CIA Director William Burns. Mr Burns has added that Ukraine also suffered significant losses. The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine estimates Russian losses at about 38,750 servicemen as of the morning of July 20. Russia classifies its military losses as a state secret, the last info published on March 25 reported 1,351 killed.
CIA Director William Burns said that there is no information that Russian President Vladimir Putin's health is unstable or poor. Mr Burns, who worked as an ambassador in Moscow, added that he has been observing and communicating with the Russian leader for more than two decades.
Russia has resumed gas supply between Russia and Germany through Nord Stream-1 after a 10-day pause, the operator reported according to Reuters. Thus, the fear of the maintenance period extension has not come true.
The international group of Ukraine's creditors agreed to postpone the debt and interest instalments until the end of 2023, possibly extending for another year.
The National Bank of Ukraine raised the official exchange rate of USD by 25% to 36.5686 UAH. The rate will remain fixed.
In Donetsk region, Russian troops are conducting an assault in the Bakhmut district on the approaches to the Vuglegir thermal power station, and their attacks in this area near the villages of Novomykhailivka and Mykilske were repelled by the Ukrainian military, the General Staff reports. In the Slovyansk direction, the Armed Forces of Ukraine once again repulsed the Russian offensive in the Bogorodichny district. In the Kramatorsk direction, the Ukrainian army stopped the advance of the Russian army near Hryhorivka and Spirny.
If Ukraine receives new weapons from the West, the "geographic tasks" of the Russian troops will change and they will advance deep into Ukraine, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to the head of the President's Office, replied that the Armed Forces of Ukraine and long-range artillery will teach Lavrov geography.
EU ambassadors have approved the seventh package of sanctions against Russia, Radio Svoboda correspondent Rikard Jozvyak reported. The decision was made in Brussels during a meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives. "Gold, including gold jewelry, was brought in. It should be published in the official journal of the EU tomorrow," Jozvyak wrote.
The US will provide Ukraine with four more HIMARS multiple-launch missile systems, which will be included in the new package of military aid, Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin announced at the Ramstein-4 defense ministers' meeting. But he added that the hostilities in Ukraine are at a decisive stage, and the West will continue to look for new ways to provide long-term military assistance to Kyiv. In total, the United States and its allies provide Ukraine with more than 20 HIMARS multiple-launch rocket systems. 12 of them have already been handed over to the country.
Lithuania will also provide additional military aid to Ukraine in the near future. These are M113 and M577 armored personnel carriers, as well as ammunition.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the French Republic to Ukraine, Etienne de Ponsin, handed over a mobile DNA laboratory for the identification of war victims to the Prosecutor General's Office.
The Lebanese authorities have banned the unloading of the Russian vessels "Matros Koshka" and "Matros Pozhynich" with stolen Ukrainian agricultural products. They were transporting grain with a total weight of 54,000 tons and planned to go to the Lebanese port of Beirut on July 13.
The Security Service of Ukraine has identified more than 800 collaborators since the beginning of the full-scale invasion. Among the suspects are high-ranking officials of state institutions who are in the temporarily occupied territories of the south and east of Ukraine.
More than 30% of Ukrainians have lost their jobs since the beginning of the war, said Tymofiy Mylovanov, adviser to the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine. But in order to improve the situation, he recommended that companies focus on the needs of the military. At the same time, the Government instructed the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine to agree with creditors on the postponement of payments for Eurobonds for two years, and for GDP warrants — for one year.
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In the morning of July 20, the Russian Federation shelled Kharkiv. A public transport stop was hit. At least three people died, including a 13-year-boy. Her 15-year-old sister is injured. At dawn, the Russian army shelled the Nikopol district in the Dnipropetrovsk region with GRADs. More than 30 rockets were fired at the residential quarter.
Previously, two people died, nine others were injured, including four children. At night, the Russian army launched a missile attack on Odesa from Su-35 aircraft. One of the missiles was destroyed by anti-aircraft defense forces, the second hit an abandoned warehouse building.
The United States plans to provide Ukraine with additional HIMARS rocket launchers.
As part of the investigation, HUR workers took samples of Russian weapons and equipment, including fire spotting and control systems, Orlan-10 unmanned aerial vehicle, MANPADS systems, grenade launchers, etc. The HUR also received personal documents of the Russian military, electronic media and combat logs.
On July 19, the Armed Forces of Ukraine hit the command post and a location of Russian troops near the Antonivsky bridge in the Kherson region, said Serhiy Khlan, deputy of the Kherson regional council. He noted, that the bridge was also damaged.
The Ministry of Digital Transformation announced the launch of digital media UNITED24 in English. It should show Ukraine to the world. "The world should know at what price Ukraine is fighting for independence and how hard it is to win its land from the enemy, where grain is grown. The grain which is used for baking croissants in France, bread in African countries or making pasta in Italy," - writes the press service of the department.
Foreign partners provide Ukraine with strong weapons, but too little, literally "a teaspoon at a time." According to the Lend-Lease program, Ukraine has not yet received anything, said the retired captain of the first rank of the US Navy Harry Tabah. He added that the reasons for which deliveries may be delayed are the statements of individual politicians that there is huge corruption in Ukraine, and weapons are being sold. He is convinced that it is impossible to steal, sell or "lose" weapons that the US transfers to another country.
The administration of US President Joe Biden will invest $100 million in a new program of financial support and provision of vital goods to Ukrainian farmers. This is done in order to preserve future harvests and mitigate the global food security crisis, which has been exacerbated by Russia's war against Ukraine, writes CNN.
In the USA, the wife of the President of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska, received the Dissident Human Rights Award addressed to the entire Ukrainian people. It happened at the Memorial to the Victims of Communism in Washington on July 19.
Russia will not prevent the export of Ukrainian grain if sanctions related to the supply of Russian grain are lifted, Kremlin leader Putin said following his visit to Iran, Russian media outlet "RIA Novosti" reports. Also, according to Putin, the Russian army "withdrew from Kyiv" in order to create "conditions for negotiations" with the Ukrainian authorities.
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In the Kharkiv region, the Armed Forces of Ukraine stopped the offensive of Russians on the villages of Udy and Husarivka (the Izium district), reports the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In the Donetsk region, the Russian army is trying to advance on Siversk and Bakhmut — there, the Ukrainian army repelled attacks, including one near the Vuhlehirska TPP. However, Russians had partial success during the offensive in the direction of Pokrovske, located in the Donetsk region, and strengthened their positions on the southern outskirts of the settlement.
Russian troops launched air missiles on the centre of Kramatorsk in the Donetsk region. Ten people were injured, five of them were hospitalized.
The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary, Levente Magyar, said that his country is ready to allow aid to Ukraine, including weapons sent by other states, to pass through Hungarian territory. According to him, Hungary is also ready to accept civilian and military personnel from Ukraine for treatment and place Ukrainian children in Hungarian sanatoriums.
The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine sent to the Parliament a draft law on the ratification of the agreement between Ukraine and Turkey on cooperation in a number of spheres. If the agreement is signed, it will pave the way for the creation of the Turkish drone factory Bayraktar on the territory of Ukraine.
Ukraine and the European Union concluded a memorandum on the first tranche of macro-financial assistance in the amount of €1 billion, the executive vice-president of the European Commission Valdis Dombrovskis said.
More than 2 and a half thousand objects were damaged by Russian militaries in Bucha, the Kyiv region. In total, the losses of the city amount to more than 5 billion hryvnias, according to the analytical report of the "RebuildUA" project.
The White House added the Russian Federation to the list of countries where US citizens can be taken hostage.
Flows of Russian gas to the EU via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline should be resumed after planned repairs are completed on Thursday, July 21, but volumes are likely to drop, Reuters reported, citing two sources familiar with the export plans. Citing the words of the European Commissioner for Budget Affairs, Johannes Hahn, the Bloomberg publication reports that the European Commission does not expect gas supply through the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline to resume after planned repairs.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in an interview with CCTV that the USA is to blame for fomenting the crisis around Ukraine, which led to the military conflict, and China does not join sanctions against Russia because it is "opposed to unilateral illegal sanctions."
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The armed forces of Ukraine repelled the assault of the Russian army in all directions of the Donbas, in particular in the direction of the Vuhlehirska TPP.
At night, Russian militaries launched seven Kalibr-type cruise missiles on the Odesa region, injuring six people, including a child, the operational command "South" reported.
Also, at night, up to 40 rockets were fired at Nikopol in the Dnipropetrovsk region, two industrial enterprises were destroyed, the head of the regional administration Reznichenko said. In the Kharkiv region, 5 people were injured by the shelling of the Russian Federation, one man was killed, reported the head of the regional military administration Sinehubov.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine liberated 1,028 settlements, President Volodymyr Zelenskyi said in an evening speech. However, another 2,621 settlements in Ukraine temporarily remain under the control of the occupying forces.
All settlements of the Kyiv region, which were under the occupation of the Russian army, were checked for explosive objects. Pyrotechnicians inspected 270 settlements and destroyed a total of 52,862 ammunitions, said the head of the Kyiv Regional Military Administration Oleksii Kuleba.
At the current stage of the war, Russia will not try to capture Slovyansk, but will focus on capturing Siversk and Bakhmut, according to a report by the Institute for the Study of War (ISW).
First Lady Olena Zelenska started her visit to the USA at the invitation of First Lady Jill Biden. She already managed to meet with State Secretary Anthony Blinken.
Ukrainians raised over UAH 510 million for drones for the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov said. For part of this amount, they agreed to buy 60 Matrice multicopters: they record video, have built-in artificial intelligence, clearly focus on targets and identify potential dangers at a distance.
The Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs has declared a wanted journalist Dmytro Gordon, who is already included in the Russian "register of terrorists and extremists", RBC reported. The investigation began after Gordon on television called for an "aggressive war with the use of nuclear weapons" against Russia. He is accused of publicly calling for a war, inciting hatred based on nationality, and spreading fakes about the Russian Armed Forces.
The commission announced the results of the competition for the position of the head of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office. The competition was won by the detective of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau Oleksandr Klymenko, who scored the most points during the selection in December 2021.
His candidacy must now be approved by the Prosecutor General
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In the Donetsk region, the Ukrainian army repelled the assault of Russian troops in the direction of the Vuhlehirska TPP and near Kamyanka — the Avdiivka direction, the General Staff reports. In the Kharkiv region, near Izium, the Armed Forces of Ukraine repulsed the Russian army in the districts of Brazhivka and Dmytrivka (Russians are trying to advance on Slovyansk through these villages). Explosions were heard in the temporarily occupied Kherson region, probably in the area of the Kakhovska HPP. The Kherson Regional Military Administration has not yet commented on the incident, and advises to wait for official information from the Ukrainian General Staff.
Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, the Russian army has used more than three thousand cruise missiles against Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyi said.
The North Atlantic Alliance appealed to Switzerland to provide treatment for Ukrainian soldiers wounded in battles with Russian armed forces, but the country's federal government rejected it. The Foreign Ministry of Switzerland stated that they do not want to violate the neutral status of the state in accordance with international law.
In Kyiv, three Belarusian locomotives of the State Enterprise "Belarusian Railways", which were transporting units of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, were arrested. The estimated value of the blocked property is more than 70 million hryvnias.
The commanders of the Russian armed forces during the invasion of the territory of Ukraine in early 2022 used topographic maps made in the middle of the 20th century, the SBU says. "Part of the Russian commanders who invaded our territory in February were guided by topographical maps of Ukraine from 1969", – the Security Service said in a statement.
The EU Council approved the fifth tranche of military aid to Ukraine in the amount of €500 millions.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary, Petera Szijarto, said that the EU agreed on a new package of sanctions against Russia. He said that the document suggests to introduce an embargo on Russian gold, introduce additional restrictions on state purchases and acceptance of deposits, and expand the sanctions list. However, one of Russia's largest banks, Gazprombank, was not included in the package. It also has no restrictions on Russian energy resources.
On July 17, Volodymyr Zelensky dissmissed Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova and the head of the Security Service Ivan Bakanov from their duties. The president explained this by the fact that during the war, numerous cases of treason were discovered in law enforcement agencies. Iryna Venediktova stated that she could not argue with the president's decision. Ivan Bakanov has not yet commented on the event. Today, July 18, Volodymyr Zelenskyy submitted a draft resolution to the Verkhovna Rada on the dismissal of Ivan Bakanov from the position of head of the SBU.
Ukraine completed the process of ratifying the Istanbul Convention and submitted the document to the Council of Europe.
The Polish government plans to simplify the procedure for obtaining a Pole Card for Ukrainian citizens in the nearest future.
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Mykolaiv underwent massive rocket fire on the night of July 18. Preliminary reports indicate that a car dealership and an agricultural machinery dealership were hit. Also, about 10 explosions were heard on the outskirts of the city.
The situation on the front line in Luhansk Oblast remains unchanged. Ukrainian forces repelled Russian offensives in the direction of Verkhniokamianka and near Bilohorivka. Five airstrikes and 13 artillery shellings took place overnight. Invaders' media published news about a HIMARS missile strike, however, are hiding that it targeted a military object, states the summary report of regional military administrations.
Fighting and shelling continue in Donetsk Oblast. Two people we killed, and 10 injured across the region in the past 24 hours. The Russian army fired more than 60 shells at residential areas and urban infrastructure in the Dnipropetrovsk region. Kharkiv and Sumy regions experienced artillery shelling as well.
As of the morning of July 18, at least 1,019 Ukrainian children were affected by Russian armed aggression according to the Prosecutor General's Office. The number of fatalities remains at 353. The number of injured has increased to at least 666.
The invaders' authorities are increasingly terrorising the Kherson population and are threatening to deport locals from the region for disobeying their "orders", said the first deputy head of the regional council Yurii Sobolevsky.
Russia finances anti-Ukrainian rallies in Israel. Similar protests took place in Haifa, Netanya, and Tel Aviv, reported Ukraine's Ambassador to Israel Yevhen Korniychuk. The anti-Ukrainian rally in Haifa was organised by the "Anti-Nazi Israel Front" and was attended by about 200 people. At the same time, a rally in support of Ukraine took place about 50 meters from the pro-Russian demonstration.
PMC Wagner probably played a key part in the recent fighting in Ukraine, including the capture of Popasna and Lysychansk, according to the UK MoD intelligence. However, due to severe losses, the PMC lowers its standards by hiring convicts and limits the training of recruits, which would likely affect future operational effectiveness.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine will introduce a unified female military uniform, reports BBC News Ukraine with reference to the Ministry of Defence. The first batch of clothes will be handed over to the defenders this week to test and make sure that the uniform is functional and comfortable.
H&M is finally leaving Russia, according to the company's statement published today. All stores will hold a final sale, similar to IKEA's, and will document losses which are now estimated at $190 million.
Oil tankers in Europe are shipping as much Russian oil as possible before the energy sanctions against the Russian Federation come into effect in December. In May and June, Greek shipowners, who control almost a third of the world's oil fleet, transported about half of the Russian crude oil, writes The World Street Journal with reference to broker data.
The EU knew from the beginning that sanctions against Russia would persist for a long time and they would not be lifted if the war in Ukraine ended on the terms imposed by the Russian Federation, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz wrote in his Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung column. He stressed that if we do not stop Putin's aggression in Ukraine now, it will continue. He also noted that NATO no longer excludes the possibility of a Russia attacking the alliance's territory.
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In the direction of Donetsk, Russian army is trying to capture the city of Siversk and advance in the direction of the city of Bakhmut, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine says. And the Ministry of Defense of Great Britain reports that Russia is strengthening its defense positions in the occupied territories of southern Ukraine. It is about the movement of manpower, equipment and defense supplies between Mariupol, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson. Russian forces in Melitopol are also stepping up security measures.
Ukrainian military personnel are learning how to operate "Gepard" self-propelled anti-aircraft guns on German training grounds, Lübecker Nachrichten reports. At least 100 servicemen of the Ukrainian army are currently undergoing training.
BBC journalists were able to identify a British citizen who was held captive by the so-called "DPR". In a video released by Russian propagandists, a British man appeals to the UK's Prime Minister Boris Johnson for help and says he faces the death penalty. As the publication notes, he turned out to be John Harding from the city of Sunderland. It is known that he was captured in May, when the Ukrainian units with which he fought at the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol were forced to surrender.
In Ukraine, more than 780 settlements remain without power due to damage caused by hostilities. Over the past 24 hours, electricity has been restored to 9,250 consumers in the Donetsk, Kharkiv and Zaporizhzhia regions, the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine reports.
As a result of Russia's armed invasion of Ukraine, only 22% of businesses were able to maintain pre-war volumes of their work, Oksana Prodan, adviser to the head of the Association of Cities of Ukraine, reported.
Sanctions against Russia, introduced by Western countries in connection with its invasion of Ukraine, harm both sides, so in the coming months it will become clear who will win the economic war, writes The Wall Street Journal. Analysts’ summary: Russia suffers more as its economy shrinks sharply this year and the cost of living rises sharply, but the US and Europe also bear heavy costs, mainly due to higher energy prices that are likely to rise this winter.
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The Russian Ministry of Defense announced that the Russian "operational pause" ended on July 16. This is stated in the analytical report of the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW). The end of the "operational pause" is unlikely to lead to a massive increase in ground attacks across Ukraine, ISW noted. Most likely, there will be a continuation of limited ground assaults, focused on the Slovyansk-Siversk-Bakhmut direction.
The Russian army struck a residential area of Pokrovsk, in the Donetsk region. Russians hit civilians twice with an "Iskander-M" ballistic missile. At least 27 residential buildings were damaged. Russians also shelled other communities in the Donetsk region. Three civilians were killed and 12 wounded in the region during the day.
The Luhansk region: Russian militaries carried out two airstrikes, hitting settlements with four rockets. Three massive artillery and mortar attacks were also recorded. Russians tried to advance in the direction of Verkhnokamyanka in the Luhansk region, but the offensive was repulsed by the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
On the night of July 17, Mykolaiv came under massive rocket attack again. In the Dnipropetrovsk region, the Russian army shelled a community in the Kryvyi Rih district. The Sumy region was shelled with mortars. Kharkiv was hit by a rocket at night. One person was injured. During the night, the occupiers also attacked Derhachi in the Kharkiv district. According to preliminary information, there were no casualties.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine are destroying the warehouses and headquarters of the Russian army in the the Kherson region. Because of this, Russians began to deploy. Yurii Sobolevsky, the first deputy chairman of the Kherson Regional Council, wrote about this. Russians leave a part of the captured buildings in an unusable condition and move to places with the largest concentration of civilians. According to him, approximately half a million hostages remain in the Kherson region.
The German prosecutor's office is investigating the alleged leak of secret information about mass murders of Ukrainian citizens committed by the Russian armed forces in Bucha, the Kyiv region. As reported by Bild, it is about data that was made public at a closed briefing of the Federal Intelligence Service of Germany. After the liberation of Bucha in the Kyiv region from the Russian armed forces, journalists and the Ukrainian army entered the city, where they discovered facts of mass murders. Some bodies were found just on the street, some of their hands were tied behind their backs. Ukraine officially called on the world to join the investigation of the killings of civilians in Bucha.
The US Department of Defense stated that they have no doubts about the proper use of the weapons provided to Ukraine. A representative of the US Ministry of Defense said that the US side does not track weapons. Earlier, Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said in an interview with the Financial Times that the Ukrainian authorities have no intention of smuggling weapons, as the country that needs them to survive in the war with Russia.
The Vulnerable. How Those Who Cannot Escape from the War Are Living
"As a result of shelling, the electricity and gas networks were again seriously damaged. Electricity and gas supply was suspended on most of the territory of Derhachi". "A shell hit a private yard". "This morning the enemy carried out a missile strike against Derhachi". Now such news is common to the small city in Kharkiv region, that is under constant shelling from the Russian army.
In the middle of this news and shelling Liuba is maneuvering on a bicycle.
"If you have already started doing something, you have to do it," she says.
On her shoulders there is a backpack with food products, the steering wheel is hung with packages of rations. Liuba is spinning the pedals. There, where she is going, she is being waited for.
Volodymyr Prokopovych is 93 years old. He survived the Second World War. And there is the war again. His wife died 18 years ago. He has two sons, but both of them are also pensioners and ill, thus they cannot take care of their father. Volodymyr Prokopovych cannot see. Liuba cooks for him. She searches for and brings medicine, food products, water, passes his pension, helps around the house. She does everything just not to leave him alone.
Since the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine approximately 7 million people have been forced to move within the country to save themselves of the war. More than 5 million have left the country. The Russian army is shelling and bombing Ukrainian cities and villages, completely destroying them. The infrastructure is damaged, schools, hospitals, kindergartens, museums, churches, thousands of residential buildings and shopping centers are ruined. What is happening to those people who cannot evacuate and save themselves of the war? How are they living under shelling, occupation and why do they not leave? In cooperation with "War. Stories from Ukraine" we are telling their stories.
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We are telling new stories about war in Ukraine.
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Last night Russians shelled Dnipro, three people were killed, and another 15 were wounded. Russian militaries launched X-101 missiles on the city from the Caspian Sea. Four of them were shot down by air defense forces.
In the morning of July 16, Russians shelled Nikopol from GRADs. 53 rockets were launched. 12 high-rise buildings and educational institutions were damaged. One person was injured and it's known about 2 killed people. Dismantling of the debris is ongoing.
In the morning, the Russian army shelled Mykolaiv again. They also hit the Odesa region with rockets. A fire broke out, rescuers are working.
In the Kyiv region on the evening of July 15, a rocket was shot down, the shells fell into the field. The Kharkiv region: there were no missile strikes in Kharkiv at night, but the Russian Federation launched a missile attack on Chuhuiv from its territory. Two people died there.
The search for four people who could have been at the site of the July 14 rocket attack continues in Vinnytsia. Already 24 people have died from this shelling, including 3 children.
The Ukrainian army stopped the Russian army's attempt to seize the highway between Lysychansk and Bakhmut, the head of the Luhansk regional military administration Serhii Haidai said.
Russian forces are likely to come out of an operational pause and launch ground offensives in the direction of Slovyansk, Siversk and Bakhmut, according to a report of the US-based Institute for the Study of War (ISW).
Despite this, the Ministry of Defense of Great Britain, citing British intelligence data, writes that Russian offensive operations remain reduced in scope and scale. They noted that Russia had previously made premature and false claims of success aimed at demonstrating success to its domestic audience.
Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Sergey Shoigu ordered the armed forces of the Russian Federation to increase operations in all directions of Ukraine. RIA Novosti writes about this with reference to the press service of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.
From July 16, violation of the language legislation in Ukraine will be punished with a warning or a fine, said language ombudsman Taras Kremin.
The law on ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as a state language entered into force two years ago. Today, the norm on the mandatory use of the Ukrainian language in user interfaces, on the pages of various institutions, etc., came into force. "This issue is not about money, it is about reputation and moral losses," said the Commissioner.
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The European Commission suggested a new package of sanctions against the Russian Federation. It will include, in particular, an embargo on gold exports. The European Commission also proposed to extend all current anti-Russian sanctions until the end of January 2023.
The Russian militaries are trying to reach the administrative border of the Donetsk region, the Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled the offensive of the occupying forces in the Kharkiv and Donetsk regions, the General Staff reports.
Russian militaries deliberately launch missiles on peaceful targets: only 30% of all strikes hit military targets, the remaining 70% hit civilian infrastructure, said the spokesman of the Ministry of Defense Oleksandr Motuzianyk.
British Paul Urie, who fought on the side of the Armed Forces and was captured by the so-called "DPR", died in captivity. Daria Morozova, the so-called "ombudsman" of "DPR", reported that the British man died "from illness and stress." The British Foreign Ministry summoned the Russian ambassador over the death of Paul Ury.
During the hostilities against the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Russian army lost more personnel than during the years of the Second Chechen War in 1999-2002, according to the investigation of the Russian mass media "Mediazona". And in the period from February 24 to July 15, at least 4,760 servicemen of the Russian Federation were killed in Ukraine, while from October 1999 to December 2002, the total losses of the federal forces in Chechnya amounted to 4,572 people killed.
The Government of Hungary intends to protect ethnic Hungarians living in the territory of Ukrainian Transcarpathia in the event that the armed aggression of the Russian Federation reaches this region, said the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary, Peter Sijarto.
The French government provided Ukraine with a mobile laboratory for express DNA analysis and examination for the investigation of Russian war crimes.
During the first three months of the Russian invasion, the World Congress of Ukrainians raised more than $25 million to support the Ukrainian army, Congress President Pavlo Grod said. Thermal imaging devices, helmets, bulletproof vests, first-aid kits, communication systems, and drones were purchased with these money.
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The aftermath of the rocket attack on Vinnytsia city centre. 183 people sought medical help as of 6:00 a.m., and 73 of them were hospitalised, including 3 children. 23 fatalities have been confirmed as of 8 a.m., 3 of them children. 18 people remain missing. Rescue services continue working on the site. 36 residential buildings were damaged, and 17 of them are quite seriously destroyed. A Mourn Day was declared in Vinnytsia to honour the victims of the missile attack.
Russian forces and their allies in the unrecognised republics in the occupied territories will most likely choose Bakhmut in Donetsk Oblast as their next major target, reports the UK MoD with reference to British intelligence.
In the morning, the Russian Federation attacked the two largest universities of Mykolaiv with at least 10 rockets, reported the head of the regional military administration Vitalii Kim. Two people have been injured so far. Kharkiv suffered rocket fire during the night: two missiles fell near a school. Another school has been hit by a missile while Russian troops shelled three districts of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast.
19 settlements of Donetsk oblast were shelled on July 14 with aviation, artillery, S-300 surface-to-air missiles, Grad and Uragan MLRS. The Donetsk police press service reported casualties and fatalities among the civilian population.
Russian troops continue to launch artillery and rocket attacks and try to storm Ukrainian positions along the front line in Luhansk Oblast. On the morning of July 15, Russian invaders shelled a residential neighbourhood in Kostiantynivka. At least one person was injured. Two people were killed by shelling in the Donetsk region in the past 24 hours.
The estimated amount of damage the Russian armed aggression caused to Ukrainian nature reaches 202 billion UAH, said the Minister of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Ruslan Strilets to Radio Svoboda.
The House of Representatives approved the draft 2023 U.S. defence budget for almost $840 billion, $1 billion of which is allocated for supporting Ukraine. This sum exceeds the 2022 budget for $700 million. Congress has also passed the amendment to allocate $100 million for the training program for Ukrainian pilots, according to the Ukrainian ambassador to the U.S. Oksana Markarova.
Moody's international rating agency website called Belarusian external debt payments in local currency a default. On 28 June the Council of Ministers and the National Bank of Belarus decided to pay the country's debts in Belarusian rubles.
The Foreign Ministry of Canada website announced that the Canadian government is expanding industrial sanctions against the Russian Federation, introduced after the invasion of Ukraine. The new sanctions prohibit Canadian citizens and companies from providing services to Russia's oil and gas production as well as chemical and manufacturing industries.
A study published by European Centre for Disinformation in The Washington Post on July 14 shows that Russian propaganda social media posts and accounts are likely to remain active on Twitter and YouTube despite numerous complaints. The study has found that Facebook removed 98% of anti-Ukrainian posts, but 70% of posts on YouTube and Twitter remain available, although labelled as anti-Ukrainian hate speech.
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Russian militaries hit Vinnytsia with rockets. Two of them were shot down by air defense forces over the region, and another two hit the city centre. They hit an office building. At this time, it is known about 117 wounded and 23 dead, among them three children.
Ukraine's losses in the war are a state secret, so the authorities do not name the number of dead, because "the enemy should not know these numbers and use them for their own capabilities," said Deputy Minister of Defense Hanna Malyar.
After the expulsion of the Russian army from Kyiv in the spring, the capital's defenses were further strengthened, and a sharp transfer of hostilities to the territories near the capital is impossible, said the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valerii Zaluzhny.
The European Union will not recognize the passports that Russia issues to Ukrainians in the occupied territories. This was announced by the EU's high representative for foreign policy and security policy, Josep Borrell.
The General Staff reminded that from October 1, 2022, women who have specialties related to military accounting will be registered. However, only with their consent and after the completion of a special period in the state.
Businessman Rinat Akhmetov no longer match the two "criteria of an oligarch" after leaving the media business, and his business partner Vadym Novinsky filled out a parliamentary mandate, the Ministry of Justice reported. On July 11, Rinat Akhmetov said that "Media Group Ukraine" is giving up all licenses of its channels and print media in Ukraine in favor of the state. According to the businessman, this decision was dictated by the law on oligarchs.
More than 22,000 war crimes have been documented by the prosecutor's office in Ukraine, said Yurii Bilousov, the head of the war department of the Prosecutor General's office.
There is no shortage of medicines in Ukraine. Compared to the situation before February 24, approximately 78% of pharmacies in Ukraine are working, the Ministry of Health reported.
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Russia fired three missiles into an office building in Vinnytsia. Neighbouring houses were also affected by the blow. 90 people were injured, and 20 fatalities were reported so far including 3 children.
"Every day, Russia destroys the civilian population, kills Ukrainian children, and directs missiles at civilian objects. Those are not military targets. What is this but an open act of terrorism?" said President Zelensky. He posted a video from the scene of the shelling.
On the morning of July 14, Mykolaiv suffered a massive rocket fire. Russians fired 9 missiles from the S-300 anti-aircraft missile system at the city. Two educational institutions, a transport infrastructure facility and a hotel were damaged. One person was injured.
Rescue services have finished clearing up the rubble of the house in Chasovy Yar, Donetsk region, destroyed by the Russian rocket attack on July 9. 48 bodies, including a 9-year-old boy, were retrieved from the debris.
The UK intelligence suggests that negotiations regarding ending the war in Ukraine are unlikely to resume. The report also states that Russian troops continue to carry out artillery strikes along the entire front line in Donbas. In some areas, Russia is carrying out test attacks with small units ranging in size from company to platoon. However, they have not achieved any significant territorial success over the past 72 hours and are in danger of losing the advantage they gained after capturing Lysychansk.
The Kremlin ordered Russian regions to form volunteer battalions to participate in the Russian invasion of Ukraine instead of announcing partial or full mobilisation in Russia, reports the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) analytics.
The EU will not recognise passports issued by Russia to Ukrainians in the captured territories, said the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken called the forced deportation of Ukrainians to the Russian Federation a war crime.
Representatives from Ukraine, Russia, Turkey, and the UN agreed on the key parameters of Ukrainian grain export through the Black Sea during the talks in Istanbul on July 13, writes The Wall Street Journal with reference to unnamed sources in Turkey and the UN. The grain is planned to be exported from three Ukrainian ports on Ukrainian ships. For this purpose, Ukraine partially demines the Black Sea. A ceasefire will take effect. The Turkish party will inspect vessels in Ukrainian ports to make sure they are not transporting Western weapons to Ukraine. The UN will set up a centre in Istanbul to monitor the level of threat to the ships.
The Russians began to guard the Crimean bridge very carefully, said Secretary of the National Security Council Oleksii Danilov and called the number of ASW guarding it "insane". He believes this indicates that the Russians are seriously concerned about the weapons that Ukrainian troops have received.
The United States prioritises security aid, that would not require reimbursements from Ukraine, namely USAI (Ukraine Security Initiative) and the presidential program, said a White House official to the Voice of America. The lend-lease program requires a refund for the transferred equipment.
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In the morning, Russian troops struck Kramatorsk twice according to Mayor Oleksandr Honcharenko. An industrial zone and a forest have been hit; no casualties have been reported so far. Two Russian drones were shot down during the night over the Nikopol district, Dnipropetrovsk region. Few missiles were intercepted in Kharkiv, with no casualties. However, the region and the city itself were shelled as well; one person was killed and another ten injured.
Shelling continues in Donetsk Oblast; four people were killed on July 12. According to UK intelligence, Russians will focus on taking small towns like Siversk and Dolyna. The recent report states that Sloviansk and Kramatorsk districts are likely to remain the main targets at this stage.
Russia continues trying to undermine the legitimacy of the Ukrainian state and strengthen administrative control over the occupied parts of Ukraine.
There's a threat of missile and air strikes on Ukraine from the territory of Belarus reports the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Some personnel and equipment of Belarusian army units guarding the Belarusian-Ukrainian border were rotated.
At the southern front, the Armed Forces destroyed 30 Russian military personnel, 122 mm howitzer, one Uragan MLRS, 4 armoured vehicles, and 2 ammunition depots, according to the Operational Command South.
Russian troops are taking a “pause at the front”, according to the Institute for Study of War (ISW) report. They continue regrouping, resting, and recovering, while bombarding critical areas to create the conditions for future offensives.
The World Congress of Ukrainians filed a lawsuit in Canada in connection with the government's decision to transfer the Nord Stream Siemens turbine to Germany, despite the sanctions. The plaintiffs demand to revoke the permit. Earlier, Ottawa announced that it was ready to return the Russian gas turbine to Germany for further transfer to the Russian Federation. Moscow calls this turbine critical for gas flow into Europe.
The National Bank received almost 1.7 billion UAH from Sweden for the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. This is the second transfer from the Swedish government to this special bank account.
Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak brought Krab self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his video address.
The German government has published a list of lethal and non-lethal aid to Ukraine. It contains thousands of weapons, ammunition, equipment, fuel, medical supplies, gear, tents, and hospital beds.
Germany does not yet see a chance for negotiations with Russia, said German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock. “It is impossible to negotiate with someone who is not even willing to negotiate with the Red Cross,” she stressed.
Russian airlines refuse to return the planes they leased from foreign companies, writes The Washington Post. More than 400 aircraft and some aircraft parts rented from Western companies are held in Russia, while leasing companies file insurance claims for 10 billion dollars.
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In the Kharkiv region, Russian militaries tried to dislodge the Ukrainian troops near Dementiivka, but the Ukrainian Armed Forces repelled them. In the Slovyansk direction, the Ukrainian army stopped the attacks of the Russians in the areas of Krasnopillia, Dovhenke, Mazanivka, Ivanivka, and Dolyna. In the Bakhmut direction the Ukrainian army repelled Russian attack in the area of Spirne and Ivano-Daryivka direction — reports the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Ukraine received more than 400 bodies of servicemen as part of exchanges with Russia. Most of them are those who died at the "Azovstal" in Mariupol. Most of the bodies have already been identified. It's about a series of exchanges after the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation in Ukraine.
Spain is ready for negotiations on the transfer of up to 10 Leopard 2A4 tanks and 20 M113 armored personnel carriers to Ukraine, reports Infodefense. After they become the property of Ukraine, the Ukrainian government must finance their renewal and modernization on the territory of Spain using the funds of the European Peace Fund.
The Lithuanians bought 110 Orcrist anti-drone guns and 80 Wingman radars for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The total cost of the equipment is €1,095,000.
USAID will provide Ukraine with an additional 1.7 billion dollars to finance the budget. These funds, in particular, will be used to pay medical workers. The EU Council approved the allocation of a loan of €1 billion to Ukraine within the scope of a new macro-financial aid. And the Lithuanian government approved an aid package in the amount of 10 million euros to help Ukraine in urgent reconstruction works.
The European Union has frozen the assets of Russian oligarchs in the amount of €13.8 billion.
More than 1,800 messages about collaborators were received through "YeVoroh" ("It'sEnemy") chatbot during 4 months of its work, Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov said.
The Lego company and the British Lush cosmetics chain are leaving Russian market.
The Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine are preparing draft laws on the introduction of a comprehensive exam for acquiring Ukrainian citizenship. "Citizenship of Ukraine is a privilege. And everyone who applies for it must know and understand the fundamental principles of our country", – said Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal.
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The Russian army continues chaotic shelling of Ukrainian settlements, in particular in the Kharkiv and Dnipropetrovsk regions. As a result of the attacks on the city of Chasiv Yar in the Donetsk region, 35 people died, including a child, and 9 people were injured. Dismantling of the ruins continues.
On the morning of July 12, the armed forces of the Russian Federation bombarded Mykolaiv with rockets. According to preliminary information, it is known that two medical institutions and residential buildings were hit. According to the Mykolaiv Regional Military Administration, at 9:50 a.m., 12 people were injured.
Donbas. The Russian Federation continues shelling the positions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the Luhansk region. In the Donetsk region, on the morning of July 12, Russian troops launched three rockets on Toretsk, one of the rockets hit a kindergarten. At night, Slovyansk was shelled - a private residential building was hit. Currently, there is information about 1 injured person. There are 9 dead and 2 wounded in the Donetsk region.
Forests and fields are burning every day in the Kherson region as a result of shelling. Only since the beginning of July, emergency workers recorded 75 fires on almost 300,000 hectares.
First 8 foreign ships that will take agricultural products intended for export across the Danube have arrived in Ukraine. The militaries noted that this became possible thanks to the liberation of Zmiiny Island from the Russian army.
The shortage of personnel in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation may force the Ministry of Defense of Russia to switch to non-traditional staffing. This includes recruiting personnel from Russian prisons for Wagner's private military company, according to a daily intelligence report from Britain's Ministry of Defence.
The training of the first 150 operators of the Drone Army has started in Ukraine, Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov said. Military personnel practice real flight tasks, camouflage skills, development of tactics and drone controlling.
Russia has asked Iran to provide it with hundreds of combat drones for use in the war against Ukraine, US national security adviser Jake Sullivan said. It is not yet clear whether Iran has already provided any drones to Russia. At the same time, Sullivan emphasized that the Russian army has already failed Putin's strategic plans.
150 Buryat soldiers who refused to fight returned to the Russian Federation.
"These are servicemen who terminated the contract with the Ministry of Defense," the head of the "Free Buryatia" Foundation Oleksandra Harmazhapova said.
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Russian troops fired seven missiles at Odesa. Four X-31 missiles were fired from a Su-30 aircraft, one of which hit a residential house in a coastal village, and another one — a port infrastructure facility. Another three X-31 rockets were aimed at the agricultural lands of the region. No casualties have been reported.
The Russian military is focusing its main efforts on establishing final control over the Luhansk region and attempts to encircle Ukrainian Forces in Donetsk Oblast, reports the General Staff. The Ukrainian military repelled a Russian assault near Krasnopillia (the path to Sloviansk) and another attack on Mariinka, all in the Donetsk region.
According to Forbes, the Russian army dominates in artillery by approximately five to one, however, with MLRS and HIMARS, the Armed Forces of Ukraine can destroy ammunition warehouses and Russian artillery supplies in the rear.
In the statement published by Rinat Akhmetov's Media Group Ukraine, the Ukrainian businessman announced that he is handing over all the TV channel licenses and print media licenses he holds in Ukraine to the government. The decision is stemming from the "oligarchs' decree" adopted on September 23, 2021. According to this bill, a person who meets at least three out of four criteria can be considered an oligarch: participation in political life, significant influence on media, owning a monopoly, or possessing assets exceeding one million minimum wages. The President's Office called Akhmetov's statement "a worthy decision".
Volodymyr Zelensky has submitted a draft bill to the Verkhovna Rada to grant special status to Poles in Ukraine. If the bill is passed, Polish citizens will be able to stay in Ukraine for 18 months visa-free and will be eligible for the same social benefits, tax residency, employment, and education as Ukrainians.
International Criminal Court will hold a conference in the Netherlands next week to review Russian crimes against Ukrainian citizens.
More than 7,000 Ukrainian military personnel are considered missing, reported Oleh Kotenko, the Commissioner for people missing under special circumstances.
The Verkhovna Rada received a draft law proposing to introduce penalties for businesses staying open during air raid alerts. The first violation would result in a fine of 17,000-51,000 UAH or penal labour, while the second violation would lead to 3 to 8 years in prison.
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The Russian Federation is preparing for intensified battles in the Donetsk region: in directions of Kramatorsk and Bakhmut, the General Staff reports.
British intelligence believes that the Russian army is morally and physically exhausted by continuous fighting. The British Ministry of Defense also reported that there has been no noticeable advance of Russian troops in Donbas over the past day, despite intense artillery fire.
The number of people killed as a result of the attack on Chasiv Yar in the Donetsk region has increased to 18 people. Six people were rescued, another 22 people, including a child, may be under the rubble.
On the night of July 11, the Russian army fired missiles at Kharkiv and the region. One rocket hit the 6th floor residential building. The rescuers found a 74-year-old woman under the rubble. In the morning of July 11, Russians once again hit the city with the Smerch MLRS. It is previously known about 28 wounded and 3 dead people.
A woman who was rescued from the rubble.
The Russian army launched a missile attack on Odesa region: four missiles were fired from aircrafts. One of the rockets hit the building, the deputy head of the Office of the President Tymoshenko said. Information on injured and damage is being clarified.
President Zelensky ordered to de-occupy southern Ukraine, Defense Minister Reznikov said. The highest military leadership develops plans and prepares everything necessary to execute the order. Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Vereshchuk called on the residents of the occupied regions in the south to evacuate urgently in order not to be exposed to danger and to facilitate the work of the Ukrainian army. She asked to leave by any available means, including through the occupied Crimea.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine liberated the village of Ivanivka in the Kherson region from the Russian army, reports the 60th separate infantry brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Human rights defender and founder of "Hromadske Radio" Maksym Butkevich was captured by Russia. His mother learned about it from a video released by Russian propaganda media. Butkevich joined the Ukrainian Armed Forces in March.
The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) noted the fact that Russian militaries in the south of Ukraine use C-300 anti-aircraft missile systems, designed for air defense, to strike targets on the land. Analysts note that the use of air defense systems in this way is ineffective and suggest that Russia is running out of surface-to-surface missiles or parts necessary for air-to-air missile guidance systems.
The Lithuanian authorities have expanded the list of prohibited goods for transition as part of the EU sanctions package from April 8. Sanctions include a phased ban on transit. For example, from June 10, the transit of Russian cement, alcohol, and wood are prohibited, from June 17, the transit of Russian steel and ferrous metals through the territory of the EU are prohibited, from August 10, a ban on the transit of coal and other solid minerals will come into force, and from December 5 Russian oil and oil products won't be able to be transited.
"I’ve said goodbye to my bakery many times." How small businesses in Ukraine survive the war
For over 4 months, Ukraine has been fighting for its survival against a neighboring state. Russia launches dozens of missiles at Ukraine every day, bombs peaceful cities, ruins infrastructure and destroys everything on its path. Over 20% of Ukraine is now under occupation, thousands of people have died, and millions have been forced to leave their homes, loved ones, and sometimes their life’s work.
There is no reliable data on how many businesses have ceased operations due to the war. According to the findings of a survey by the Ukrainian Ministry of Digital Policy, as of June, 46.8% of enterprises are still on pause or barely working due to the full-scale Russian invasion. And according to a study by Keep Going, 40% of small businesses are currently in the warzone, and only 16% of the respondents have moved to other regions. Most business owners have to start everything from scratch and set up the processes anew. And they have to believe that their business won’t be destroyed by Russia again if it launches more missiles.
In cooperation with "War. Stories from Ukraine" we tell three stories of small Ukrainian businesses from the Kyiv Region, Mariupol, and Berdyansk. The latter two cities are currently occupied by Russia. One of the businesses has survived the occupation and kept afloat. Another one has been destroyed by the Russians and launched from scratch in another city. The third one is suspended completely, awaiting deoccupation.
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Russia uses aircrafts, tanks and artillery on the front line, the General Staff reports. Ukrainian troops repelled the attack of Russians near Mazanivka (the Donetsk region, this way leads to Slovyansk, where Russian troops are trying to assault the city) and Novoselivka Druha. Also, the Armed Forces of Ukraine struck the Russian Guard base in occupied Kherson, hitting it for several times.
At least three dozen people are under the rubble of a 5-story building in Chasiv Yar, the Donetsk region, which was attacked by Russians with Uragan missiles. This was reported by the head of the Donets RMA Kyrylenko. As of 13:00, the number of dead has increased to 15 people.
Germany can supply Ukraine with Gepard self-propelled anti-aircraft systems thanks to the fact that it has found a contractor for the production of the 35 mm projectiles it needs, Der Spiegel reports. And Corriere della Sera reports that Germany is blocking the aid package to Ukraine from the European Union for 9 billion euros, which was agreed at the end of June. According to the publication, German Finance Minister Christian Linder is against the allocation of funds. So far, he has approved the first tranche of 1 billion euros. These funds must be paid to Ukraine by the end of July.
US President Joseph Biden next week, during a visit to the Middle East, will try to negotiate with the countries of the region on the supply of Soviet-made weapons to Ukraine to meet its needs in the confrontation with Russia, reports The New York Times.
The Office of the President of Ukraine reported that they had not received any letters or appeals from US Congresswoman Victoria Spartz, who previously published a list of claims against the head of the Office of the President Andrii Yermak. And she also addressed a letter to US President Joe Biden about the need to check whether Yermak has so-called "Russian connections".
Russia's blockage of grain exports from Ukrainian ports could have worsened the economic situation in Sri Lanka and ultimately provoked protests that led to the resignation of the current government, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said.
Russian war crimes in Ukraine are reminiscent of the genocide in Srebrenica, which was committed by the Serbian military against Bosnian Muslims in 1995 — a joint statement by EU High Representative Josep Borrell and European Commissioner Oliver Vargheli, dedicated to the anniversary of the tragedy in Srebrenica.
Russia's invasion of Ukraine, day 137. Online updates.
The Russian army will try to seize the road connecting Donetsk with Kharkiv as it tries to advance through the Donetsk region, according to the daily intelligence report of the Ministry of Defense of Great Britain.