It is the 170th day of the war in Ukraine. Russian claims that Ukraine killed 50 prisoners of war in an attack on a prison are likely fabricated, according to a CNN investigation based on photo and video analysis and the work of coroners and weapons experts.
Satellite images show at least seven Russian warplanes were destroyed in Tuesday’s explosions at an airbase in annexed Crimea. According to research, also by CNN, this could be the largest loss of Moscow military aircraft in a single day since World War II.
Ukrainian forces attacked an industrial site in the Russian-controlled city of Donetsk, causing a fire and an ammonia spill. Elsewhere in the eastern region, pro-Russian separatists claim to have invaded the towns of Soledar and Bakhmut.
Ukraine accused Russia of another bombing of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant on Thursday, a day after the G7 countries asked Moscow to return full control of the plant. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russia is maximizing the risk of a nuclear catastrophe and turning the site into a “battlefield”.
A violation of airspace over Alaska by a Russian military aircraft was reported last night between August 8th and 10th.
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00.20 – Zelenskyy: Russia hit rock bottom in Zaporizhzhya
“Russia has once again crossed the line and reached the lowest point in world history of terrorism.” This was stated by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in his recent message to the nation. “What is happening around the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant is one of the biggest crimes of Russia,” he added, stressing that “no one has ever used a nuclear power plant to threaten the whole world in such a brazen way and to impose certain conditions.” Zelenskyy then explained how the Kiev armed forces registered the arrival of several Russian shells in the immediate vicinity of the plant. The Ukrainian President concluded his message by repeating that Europe’s nuclear safety can only be restored if Russia withdraws from Zaporizhia. “It is a global interest, not just a necessity of Ukraine.”
00.01 – Kyiv: Attack on Zaporizhia is a Russian production
The bombing of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant was not carried out by Ukraine, as Moscow claims, but was “a provocation, a staged bombing.” This was stated by Ukraine’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Sergiy Kyslytsia during the UN Security Council. “Russia is known for its sophisticated plans of deception, sabotage and cover-up,” the diplomat continued, “their plan failed and they decided to convene this meeting.” Kyslytysa then attacked Russia for “trying to blame Ukraine for the IAEA’s failure to inspect” and demanded that the UN agency’s mission take place “as soon as possible”.
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