Air raid alert in Zaporizhia and Dnipropetrovsk regions
New video of commander Viktor Sokolov, whom the Ukrainians allegedly killed
The Russians have just released a new video of the commander of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, Viktor Sokolov, whom the Ukrainians claim to have killed in a bombing raid.
The Ukrainian authorities in Kherson are calling on the population to leave the occupied territories
The head of the Ukrainian military administration in Kherson, Oleksandr Prokudin, called on “Left Bank residents” to leave the area. According to him, the residents form a “human shield” for the Russian army. “The occupiers are using despicable tactics because they know that the Ukrainian army will not fight against its own people,” he said. Ukrainian forces have already liberated the right-bank Kherson region, including the city of Kherson. But part of the region on the left bank of the Dnieper is still occupied by Russian troops.
Moscow says Ukraine was supported by London and Washington in its attack on Crimea
The Ukrainian attack on Friday on the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Crimea was “carried out at the request of the American and British intelligence services,” Russian diplomacy accused. “There is not the slightest doubt that the attack was planned in advance using Western intelligence assets, NATO satellite equipment and reconnaissance aircraft and was carried out at the request of the American and British intelligence services and in close coordination with them,” said Russian diplomatic spokeswoman Maria Zakharova .
Russia is sending a new army to the front
According to British intelligence, the Russians have grouped several units of their new 25th Army in an area west of Severodonetsk and Kreminna, along the border between the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. According to intelligence, these soldiers are apparently being deployed selectively to reinforce the front line. However, according to British intelligence, this regrouping does not mean that the Russian army is preparing a new offensive in the coming weeks.
Germany welcomes Switzerland’s decision to pave the way for the resale of some of its Leopard II tanks
In February, Germany asked Switzerland to resell some of the 96 Leopard II tanks it is storing for manufacturer Rheinmetall. But to comply with Swiss neutrality laws, Berlin assured Bern that the weapons would not go to Kiev but would remain in Germany or with a NATO or EU ally. “We need these tanks, they will close the gaps between us and our European partners,” Germany said.
Distance education for children in the occupied Luhansk region
The head of the occupied Luhansk region announced that three kindergartens and four schools in Krasnodon had switched to distance learning after the bombings in the region.
The Netherlands will deliver the first F-16s to Ukraine in 2024
The Netherlands will deliver the first F-16 aircraft to Ukraine in 2024, Dutch Defense Minister Kajsa Ollongren said. The minister estimated that training Ukrainian pilots on fourth-generation aircraft could take six to eight months. The Netherlands, Denmark and Norway have so far confirmed that they will send their F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine. Copenhagen had previously stated that Ukraine could receive the first six Danish F-16s by the New Year. Training of Ukrainian pilots began last August in Denmark in cooperation with other countries of the “Coalition of Fighter Aviation”.
Ukraine advances towards Bakhmut and Melitopol
According to the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, there have been advances towards Bakhmut and south of Melitopol in the last few hours.
Ukraine celebrates Defenders’ Day on Sunday
President Zelensky announced that Ukraine would celebrate “Defenders Day” on Sunday. “This day is dedicated to everyone who fights for our nation, everyone who contributes to the strength of Ukraine and everyone who gave their lives for Ukraine. On this day, Ukraine will take a one-minute break. Honor those who gave their lives to defend our country and our people. May this be our new tradition,” he said. This minute’s silence will take place nationwide at 9 a.m.
European components in Iranian drones used in Ukraine
According to Kiev, the Iranian drones used by Russia in Ukraine include various European components. According to a secret 47-page document that Kiev sent to its Western allies and obtained by the Guardian, 52 electrical components manufactured by Western companies were found in the Shahed-131 drone and 57 in the Shahed-136 model, which has an autonomy of Flight of 2,000 km and a cruising speed of 180 km/h. Five European companies are named as the original manufacturers of the identified components, including a Polish subsidiary of a British multinational. “Among the manufacturers are companies based in the countries of the sanctions coalition: the USA, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany, Canada, Japan and Poland,” he says.
Not two, but four explosions on the Nord Stream gas pipelines
Almost a year after the Nord Stream gas pipeline explosions, Norwegian researchers were able to provide evidence that there were four explosions and not two as initially claimed. These additional explosions occurred in an area northeast of the Danish Baltic Sea island of Bornholm, approximately seven seconds and 16 seconds after the two known detonations. Currently, the investigation is ongoing, but officials quoted in the American and German press said the evidence suggests that a Ukraine-backed group or a pro-Ukrainian group acted without the knowledge of Kiev’s leadership. Other reports in Scandinavian media reported a group of Russian ships whose identification transponders were turned off near the blast sites a few days before the explosions.
According to the EBRD, Russia is growing this year
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) estimates that the Russian economy will grow by 1.5% this year, while a previous forecast predicted a contraction of the same magnitude. Moscow’s revenues were supported “by the rise in oil prices and by Russia’s ability to offset the impact of the cap through exports to new markets,” particularly in China and India, the EBRD said. In addition, “activity remained robust (particularly household consumption and public spending related to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine) and second-quarter GDP figures were surprisingly high,” the institution adds.
For Ukraine, the EBRD expects growth of 1% this year and 3% next year.
Beware of disinformation, says the EU
The European Commission expressed concern on Tuesday about the rate of disinformation on the social network.
Belarus does not want to go to war
Despite his support for Moscow, the Belarusian foreign minister is not planning a war with Russia against Ukraine
In an interview with the AP agency, Sergei Aleinik expressed himself categorically. When asked whether Belarus could fight alongside Russia in Ukraine, the answer was clear: “My answer is no.” Sergei Aleinik said he also could not imagine a situation in which Russia would allow his country to use the recently launched would command tactical nuclear weapons stationed in Belarus. “I don’t see such an option because it is primarily a defense tool,” he said of the missiles. However, if there is an invasion of Belarus, “I do not rule out any instrument to defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our country,” he added.
Zelensky announces further “Ukrainian actions against Russia”.
In his daily address, Ukrainian President Zelensky announced further “Ukrainian actions” against Russia. “As long as Russian aggression continues, Russia’s losses must be felt,” he said. Ukraine is increasing its drones and artillery for attacks on Russian territory. While it is still difficult to establish a connection, pro-Russian Telegram channels published a photo of a fierce fire in the town of Shchyolkovo, near Moscow. It reportedly broke out around midnight in an industrial area west of the city. Local residents saw explosions near the Chkalovsky military airfield.
325,000 recruits in the Russian army
Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, number two on his country’s Security Council, said on Tuesday he visited a military training area in eastern Ukraine and announced that the Russian army had recruited 325,000 people since the beginning of the year.
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