Putin announces hypersonic missiles for Russian fleet

Putin announces hypersonic missiles for Russian fleet

He signed a new military doctrine for the Navy, declared the Russian president on the Navy’s Day of Honor in St. Petersburg. Earlier, the Russian fleet’s headquarters in Crimea was apparently attacked.

Russian President Vladimir Putin put a new naval doctrine into effect on Naval Forces Day in St Petersburg. Russia’s maritime boundaries, including those of the Arctic and the Black Sea, were also defined there. “We will guarantee protection by all means and by all means,” the Kremlin chief stressed at a parade of warships on Sunday. According to Russian sources, Ukraine attacked the Black Sea Fleet headquarters in Crimea.

At the same time, Putin announced that the new hypersonic maritime missile “Zirkon” would be put into service soon. Delivery of the missiles will begin in the coming months, with the frigate “Admiral Gorshkov” being the first to be equipped with them.

The new doctrine claimed that the US quest for dominance of the world’s oceans was a “challenge to Russia’s national security”. The document, which Putin ceremonially signed, also stipulates that the military infrastructure on Crimea’s annexed Black Sea peninsula will be expanded. According to the doctrine, the construction of modern aircraft carriers is also planned.

Putin announces hypersonic missiles for Russian fleet (c) via Portal (SPUTNIK)

In the presentation in front of thousands of spectators, Putin did not directly address the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine. He thanked the Navy for its missions, which it has been carrying out for centuries, and praised its high level of defense readiness. Russia also has several warships deployed in the Black Sea in attacks against Ukraine.

Sevastopol attacked by Ukrainian drone?

According to Russian reports, the headquarters of the Black Sea Fleet was attacked with a drone in the city of Sevastopol, on the Crimean peninsula claimed by Ukraine. Five people were injured on Sunday, Sevastopol governor Mikhail Rasvozhayev said in his blog on the Telegram news channel. Ukrainian authorities denied the attack.

“Early this morning, Ukrainian nationalists decided to spoil our Navy Day,” wrote Rasvozhayev. The drone hit a courtyard at the headquarters. Russia annexed Crimea in 2014. Navy Day celebrations, celebrated in many regions of Russia, were canceled for Sevastopol. Russian officials in regions bordering Ukraine have repeatedly complained of attacks from the neighboring country.

Russian allegations about the attack are “a deliberate provocation”, a spokesperson 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.”

Turkey expects Ukrainian grain exports to start

Turkey expects to start exporting grain from Ukraine via the Black Sea as early as Monday. The likelihood that a grain-laden ship will leave a Ukrainian port on Monday morning is very high, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman told Channel 7 on Sunday. according to Kalin.

On July 22, opponents of the war, Ukraine and Russia, signed an agreement with the UN and Turkey to allow Ukraine to export grain from three ports. According to Ukrainian sources, more than 20 million tonnes of grain from last year’s crop is still waiting to be exported. After the Russian invasion in late February, port operations were suspended for security reasons – Moscow was accused of blocking the grain. The UN fears the increase in hunger crises in the world due to the lack of grain delivery.

A center to control grain exports opened in Istanbul on Wednesday. Ships must be inspected when passing through the Bosphorus Strait, i.e. when entering and leaving the Black Sea, to ensure that they do not have weapons or the like loaded. The center is made up of representatives from Ukraine, Russia, the UN and Turkey.

Prison attack investigation with more than 50 dead

After the attack on a prison camp in eastern Ukraine, the Red Cross initially waited in vain for access to the wounded. “To be clear, our request for access to prisoners of war in Olenivka prison yesterday was not granted,” tweeted the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delegation in Ukraine on Saturday night. The Russian Defense Ministry, on the other hand, said in Moscow that it had invited the ICRC for a visit.

Olenivka is located near Donetsk, in the area controlled by pro-Russian separatists. A rocket is said to have hit the barracks with prisoners of war on Friday night. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke of an intentional Russian war crime. According to the Russian account, the facility was hit by a US HIMARS multiple rocket launcher used by the Ukrainian army. The information provided by both sides could not be directly and independently verified. The Russian Defense Ministry released the names of 50 prisoners killed and 73 wounded on Saturday.

The strictly neutral ICRC has the power to visit prisoners of war in accordance with international law, which applies to all countries in the world. “The Third Geneva Convention gives the ICRC the right to go where prisoners of war are and interrogate them,” the ICRC said on its website. However, delegates need formal approval from the party holding prisoners of war.

The Ukrainian government has made statements that give the impression that the United Nations and the ICRC have given guarantees for the security of prisoners of war. As prison facilities are never managed by the ICRC itself, there are no such guarantees. The ICRC only promises to visit prisoners regularly and ensure family contacts. If one of the parties to the conflict does not comply with the Geneva Conventions, there is little it can do.

A similar misunderstanding existed about humanitarian corridors, which were designed to allow civilians to flee contested areas. The ICRC can mediate negotiations for these corridors. However, the parties to the conflict must reach an agreement. If there are guarantees of security for the parties to the conflict, the ICRC accompanies the convoys and takes care of civilians.