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  • Created: 07/31/2022Updated: 07/31/2022 18:39

    By: Tobias Utz, Tim Vincent Dicke, Jan-Frederik Wendt, Jan Oeftger

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    On Sunday, Russia will attack southern Ukraine. Mykolaiv is under heavy fire: the situation on the news ticker on 31 July.

    • Drone attack on the Black Sea Fleet: Russia blames Ukraine
    • Start on Monday: NATO with a patrol mission
    • Editor’s Note: You can read all the news about the conflict in Ukraine in this news ticker. Some of the information comes from warring factions in the Ukraine war and cannot be directly and independently verified.

    ++ 18:35: An explosion occurred in the warehouse of a Bulgarian company that supplied weapons to Ukraine. According to local media reports, the explosion took place at a Bulgarian ammunition depot owned by businessman Emilian Gebrev, whose company supplied weapons to Ukraine after 2014. This is reported by The Kyiv Independent.

    Ukraine-News: One of Ukraine’s richest businessmen killed by bombing

    ++ 3:30 pm: According to media reports, one of Ukraine’s richest businessmen was killed in a “massive” Russian bombing of the southern city of Mykolaiv. Oleksiy Vadatursky, 74, and his wife Raisa are said to have died when a rocket hit their home.

    On February 24, Russia launched a war of aggression against Ukraine.  The city of Chuhuiv was bombed on the first day of the war.  Helena, a 53-year-old teacher, is in front of a hospital.see photo gallery

    As reported by the British BBC, Vadatursky was the owner of Nibulon. The group of companies operates in the export of grains. Thus, he also received the “Hero of Ukraine” award – this is the highest award given by the Ukrainian state. The death is particularly explosive because an agreement was recently concluded between Russia and Ukraine to allow the export of grain from the war-torn country. Experts have repeatedly accused Putin of using hunger as a weapon of war.

    Mykolaiv Mayor Oleksandr Senkevych said it was probably the heaviest Russian bombing of the city to date, according to the BBC.

    War in Ukraine: Grain exports likely, according to Turkey

    +++ 1 pm: Grain exports from the port of Odessa are very likely, according to the Turkish presidential spokesman. Ibrahim Kalin told Turkish media on Sunday that conditions are good: “There is a high probability that the first ship will leave tomorrow morning,” Kalin said. This is reported by the Kyiv Independent news portal with reference to Turkish media reports.

    Four German Air Force Eurofighters are part of the NATO mission. Four German Air Force Eurofighters are part of the NATO mission. © Jens Buttner/dpa

    Ukraine war news: Russia blames Ukraine for drone attack

    ++ 12:15 pm: On Sunday morning, there was a drone attack on the Russian Black Sea Fleet (see 7:45 am update). Russia blames Ukraine for the attack. The Zelenskyi government denies this. The Russian allegations are “a deliberate provocation,” a spokesman for the Odessa regional administration said in a video posted on Telegram. “The liberation of occupied Ukrainian Crimea will be done in a different and much more effective way.”

    ++ 11:30 am: The Russian Navy is scheduled to receive Zircon hypersonic cruise missiles in the coming months. This was stated by Russian President Vladimir Putin in his “Navy Day” speech in St. Petersburg, as reported by the Portal news agency. “The frigate Admiral Gorshkov will be the first to go into combat with these impressive weapons on board,” he said, praising the missiles as unique in the world.

    Ukraine war news: NATO starts mission on Monday

    +++ 11:00 am: On Monday (August 1) the NATO air police mission begins. Part of it are Italian, Hungarian and German fighter planes patrolling the Baltic States. “At a time when European security has been fundamentally altered by Russia’s war against Ukraine, NATO fighter jets are ready 24 hours a day to protect allied airspace,” said NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu. Germany is supplying four Eurofighters for the mission.

    Ukraine War News: New Details on Russia’s Strategy

    +++ 10:00 am: In a report on the state of the war in Ukraine, the American think tank “Institute for the Study of War” analyzed that Russian troops are apparently massing in the Donbass cities of Bakhmut and Donetsk. “Russian commanders are likely trying to use recent successes in the Novoluhanske area to pressure Bakhmut from the east. Their efforts around the city of Donetsk are likely to be aimed at pushing Ukrainian forces out of the city’s artillery range,” he said. Furthermore, it is possible that the Russian military is trying to gain as much ground as possible in the Donetsk region to sustain the next simulated referendum with the presence of troops Information provided by the think tank cannot be independently verified.

    Ukraine War News: “Heaviest” Rocket Attacks Ever on Mykolaiv

    +++ 9:00 am: The mayor of Mykolayiv city gave new details about the Russian attacks on Sunday night. It was the “strongest ever” and several explosives were used. It happened between 1 am and 6 am, emphasized Oleksandr Sienkevych. A school and several private homes were partially destroyed. Rescue work is in progress. The information provided by the mayor cannot be independently verified.

    +++ 07:45: The Russian Black Sea Fleet headquarters was apparently hit in a drone strike. As Sevastopol city governor Mikhail Rasvoschajew announced on Twitter, five headquarters staff were injured in the attack. “Early this morning, Ukrainian nationalists decided to spoil our Navy Day,” Rasvozhayev emphasized. The celebrations of the “Day of the Navy” take place this Sunday, mainly in St. Petersburg. The achievements of the military should be honored, similar to May 9, the “Day of Victory” over Nazi Germany.

    News about the war in Ukraine: bombings reported in Kharkiv

    +++ 06:00: Russian bombing was also reported in Kharkiv on Sunday morning. Mayor Ihor Terekhov confirmed around 4:40 am that several buildings had been damaged. This apparently affects the Nemyschlianskyi district, as reported by the Kyiv Independent news portal.

    +++ 5:30 am: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on people to flee Donetsk. The Russian army is attacking all of Donbass, he said in a video speech.

    Ukraine war news: Russia attacks Mykolaiv at night

    Update as of Sunday, July 31 at 5:00 am: The town of Mykolaiv is apparently under fire again on Sunday night and into the early hours of the morning. As the mayor announced, there were several explosions in the city area. These were caused by cluster munitions, said Oleksandr Sienkevych, according to a report by the Kyiv Independent news portal. Sienkevych asked the civilian population of Mykolayiv to go to shelters. The information cannot be independently verified. However, the Russian army launched rocket attacks against the city in southern Ukraine on Saturday. About 480,000 people live there.

    ++ 19:30: The UN wants to investigate the Russian attack that killed 50 Ukrainian prisoners of war in Olenivka. “We are ready to send a team of experts who can conduct an investigation with the consent of the parties,” Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, told Russian media.

    Meanwhile, Russian forces are attacking a village near Bakhmut in the Donetsk region. According to the Ukrainian General Staff, Russian forces achieved partial success in the village of Semyhiria, near Bakhmut, in the Donetsk Oblast, entrenching themselves on the outskirts of the settlement.

    ++ 16:08: After the bombing of a detention center in the village of Olenivka in Ukraine’s Donetsk region, Russian state television released a list of the names of 50 Azov militants killed and 73 wounded. This is reported by Ukrainian news portal Pravda. Despite efforts by the Ukrainian authorities to obtain official information on the dead and wounded, there were no further reports from Russia, as the human rights commissioner of the Ukrainian parliament, Dmytro Lubinets, told the news portal.

    Currently, Lubinets can “only see the total numbers: how many were held captive there, how many were killed, how many were injured. We can now safely estimate these numbers. But the International Committee of the Red Cross cannot give us the names of the dead and wounded. Concrete information can only be passed on to relatives.”

    Ukraine war news: Gazprom is shutting off gas supplies to Latvia

    +++ 10:15 am: According to its own statements, Russian state-owned Gazprom has stopped deliveries to Latvia. The neighboring country violated the conditions of acceptance, it said in a statement. Latvijas Gaze, a Latvian gas supplier, had previously stated that it wanted to pay for Russian gas in euros instead of rubles. The Riga government also announced that it would only buy gas from Russia until the end of the year. Neighboring Lithuania has already completely waived Gazprom deliveries.

    +++ 09:45: A secret mobilization for the army is underway in various regions of Russia. According to reports, President Putin wants to send up to 30,000 new soldiers to the war in Ukraine.

    Ukraine war news: Russia bombs Kharkiv again

    First report Saturday, July 30 at 5:00 am: Russian troops bombed the Kharkiv region again on Saturday night. The Kyiv Independent news portal reports, with reference to statements by the responsible governor, that, among other things, a school was attacked. The bombings would have started around 3 am. So far, nothing is known about the number of victims. The Russian military has yet to comment on the allegations. The information cannot be independently verified.

    The Kremlin is planning a military counter-reaction to Sweden and Finland’s NATO membership. According to the Interfax agency, Dmitry Medvedev announced that if NATO bases were installed on the territory of the two countries or if weapons were stationed, “our reaction steps would be symmetrical”. Medvedev is deputy head of the Russian Security Council. (jfw/tu/jo/ktho with dpa/AFP)