DIRECT.  War in Ukraine: Kharkiv city targeted again, Russian offensive in the south continues

DIRECT. War in Ukraine: Kharkiv city targeted again, Russian offensive in the south continues

16:59

The Ukrainian parliament extends martial law until November 21

The country extends martial law for another 90 days until November 21.

16:52

Ukraine says it hit base of Russian group Wagner

Ukraine said on Monday it had attacked a base belonging to the Wagner paramilitary group, whose men are accused of fighting alongside Russian troops, and destroyed a bridge near the occupied town of Melitopol.

According to the governor of the Lugansk region in eastern Ukraine, the base of this private military company in the city of Propasna was “destroyed by a precision strike.” The shooting took place on Sunday, Serguiï Gaïdaï said on Telegram.

15:56

Russia will do “everything necessary” to facilitate the International Atomic Energy Agency’s visit to Ukraine’s Zaporizhia power plant

According to Portal, Moscow will do “everything necessary” to allow the International Atomic Energy Agency to visit the site of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine. In a statement released on Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Maria Zakharova stressed that Russia would be ready “to allow the IAEA to go there and report on the destruction.”

DIRECT War in Ukraine Kharkiv city targeted again Russian offensiveThe Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine. Portal / Alexander Ermoshenko

15:28

Vladimir Putin encourages the use of Russian weapons ‘in real conditions’

The Russian president said he was ready to offer his allies “modern” weapons on the first day of an international arms fair organized for a week in Kubinka, Moscow region. Weapons whose merits he did not fail to ensure they had proven themselves on the battlefield amidst the military intervention in Ukraine.

1660582099 323 DIRECT War in Ukraine Kharkiv city targeted again Russian offensiveVladimir Putin attended an international arms fair near Moscow on Monday. Portal / Maxim Shemetov

14:57

Ukrainian forces target a Russian base in Popasna held by the Wagner Group

The governor of Luhansk Oblast (east), Serhi Haïdaï, confirms on Telegram that Ukrainian forces on Sunday attacked a Russian military base occupied by members of the Wagner group in the town of Popasna.

“The forces have once again effectively targeted an enemy headquarters. This time it was Wagner’s quarters that were destroyed by a well-aimed blow,” said Haidai. According to an adviser at Ukraine’s Interior Ministry, who posted images of the strike on Twitter, it was carried out using Himar multiple rocket launchers supplied by the United States.

14:24

Zelenskyi fires the heads of security services in four regions.

President Zelenskyy signed decrees dismissing the heads of SBU branches in Kyiv and in Ternopil and Lviv oblasts. The head of the Lviv region Bondarenko was then appointed head of the agency in Kyiv and the Kiev region.

13:59

Kyiv could face a cold winter, the city’s mayor has warned

If there is no shortage of petrol, “we do not rule out the possibility of terrorist attacks and attacks on gas stations,” warns the capital’s mayor, Vitali Klitschko, in an interview with Babel Media. “We bought generators, fuel for those generators. First they will go to hospitals, kindergartens and schools. We will do everything possible and impossible that depends on us to keep the houses warm.” He urges Ukrainians living in Kyiv to pack blankets and warm clothes at home and prepare for lower than normal temperatures around 18-19° to prepare C.

13:28

Russian losses as of August 15

According to Ukrainian estimates, Russia lost 233 aircraft, nearly 44,000 soldiers or 15 ships.

12:59 p.m

Pope asks for world peace and prays for Ukraine

Pope Francis today called for peace in the world and revived a thought for the people of Ukraine who have been suffering since Russia launched the invasion on February 24.

“We continue to invoke the intercession of the Virgin for God to bring peace to the world. And we pray especially for the Ukrainian people,” the Pope said after the Angelus prayer.

12:34

At least five civilians injured in airstrikes on Kharkiv, mayor says

Multiple bombings hit the city of Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine, injuring at least five people, according to Mayor Ihor Terekhov. He specifies that the strikes during the night from Sunday to Monday were aimed at a residential area of ​​the city and that there were “no military installations in this area”.

The injured, all civilians, have been hospitalized, the mayor said in the message published on Telegram.

12:17

The territorial situation of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on the 173rd day of the conflict

The British Defense Secretary released a map showing Russian-controlled areas in Ukraine.

On the map we can also observe the different axes of the Russian lines and the direction in which they are advancing.

11:32

Basketball player Brittney Griner is appealing her conviction

The defense team of Brittney Griner, the American basketball star who was sentenced to 9 years in prison in Russia for drug trafficking, has appealed her conviction on drug possession and trafficking charges, the company’s lawyer told Portal. Griner, Maria Blagovolina. Washington announced last week that it had made a “substantial” and “serious” offer to Russia to secure the return of Ms. Griner and Paul Whelan, a former soldier.

11:16

63 explosive devices detected in 1 week in north-eastern Sumyn region

The devices discovered are artillery shells and rockets, mortars, anti-tank mines and grenades. According to Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky, Sumy Oblast is one of the most contaminated regions of Ukraine, as about 47% of the areas are filled with such objects.

10:46

Six new ships can export Ukrainian grain

The Joint Coordination Center (JCC) reports that six more ships have received permits to export Ukrainian grain. Two of them have already passed the inspection and can go to the port of Chornomorsk for loading. The other four are awaiting the inspection, which is scheduled for today.

10:14

33,000 Ukrainian soldiers trained by Canadians since 2015

Ukrainian Parliament Member Rustem Umerov tweeted his thanks to Canadian soldiers who helped train members of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

09:26

Russian forces shell Kharkiv

Kharkov Mayor Ihor Terekhov reported that Russian troops shelled the city’s Slobidsky district overnight and attacked a factory building. At the moment, no information about the victims has been filtered.

08:47

Russians impose ruble payments in occupied territories

Moscow-installed authorities in the occupied city of Kherson are urging local medics to sign forms agreeing to work for the new occupation government and receive payments in rubles.

08:22

Towards a referendum on the integration of the “Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR)” into Russia?

British services report that according to Russian media, on August 11, the head of the Moscow-based Russian administration, Denis Pushilin, said that the date of a referendum on the accession of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) to Russia would be announced after the full Liberation of the DPR”.

07:55

New Zealand sends 120 military personnel to train 10,000 Ukrainian soldiers

According to the Guardian, Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s Prime Minister, announced at a press conference that 120 additional Defense Forces soldiers will replace the 30 New Zealand soldiers deployed in May. An announcement that is part of a broader package of support measures for Ukraine,

includes over NZ$40 million in financial support and the sanctioning of 840 individuals and organisations.

07:33

Ukraine mourns Anton Lystopad, their best pilot, who died in combat

In a Facebook message, Ivano-Frankivsk University announced the death of Anto Lystopad, a plane pilot killed in action during the offensive.

“In 2019, Anton was recognized as the best air force pilot in the Ukrainian Armed Forces and took part in hostilities in eastern Ukraine,” it said. He had recently received “a high state award”, the Order of Bravery, 3rd degree, from President Zelenskyy for his participation in the Russian offensive launched in February.

07:24

Russian soldiers at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant are under attack, Zelenskyy warns

“Every Russian soldier who shoots at the factory or shoots with the factory as cover must understand that he becomes a special target for our secret agents, for our special services, for our army,” Zelenskyy said in a video address. He reminded that anyone “giving orders for attacks on the site or nearby towns should be tried by an international tribunal as concerns about the safety of the nuclear site remain high”.

06:11

Another Russian push to the east

“The Russian attack is likely aimed at controlling the M04 motorway, the main access to Donetsk from the west,” the British Ministry of Defense said.

“Since August 11, Russian forces have increased the number of ground attacks in the Siwersk area,” observes the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW), seeing this as a possible attempt to force Ukraine to deploy more forces and equipment there and thus distract from possible intensified counterattacks in the south.

06:05

Russian supplies threatened in the south

In the Kherson region, the first major city to fall on March 3, Ukraine has made bridges impassable. “The only way for the occupiers to cross the river is through pontoons near the Antonivsky Bridge, but they will not be able to fully meet their needs for equipment and ammunition,” said a regional MP, Serguiï Khlan.

“If Ukrainian forces have disabled these three bridges and the Russians can prevent Russians from getting any of them operational again for an extended period of time, then Russian forces on the west bank of the Dnieper will likely lose the ability to defend themselves against limited Ukrainian counterattacks “, analyzes the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW).

06:00

Iran: The largest automaker wants to re-export to Russia

Iran’s main automaker, Iran Khodro, announced on Sunday its readiness to export its production to the Russian market for the first time in years, which has also been hit by Western sanctions, its CEO Mehdi Khatibi said on Sunday.

“We will pay special attention to the Russian market and start exporting to Russia later this year,” Khatibi announced at a presentation ceremony west of Tehran of the Rira, a new crossover car with production scheduled to start in 2019.

05:55

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