Ukraine – Russia, news from the war today. Kiev: “Nuclear power plant did not explode by a miracle”

No sign of respite: in Ukraine the fighting continues while the path of diplomacy and dialogue at this moment does not seem to have any way out. In fact, during the night Kharkiv suffered a new bombing, while the Russian deputy ambassador to the UN used contemptuous tones: “The Ukrainian negotiation proposals are not serious, they are ridiculous”

Key points

  • EU: “Russian attacks on Zaporizhzhia irresponsible”
  • Ukrainian director of Amnesty resigns after report against the army

Energoatom: “One of the reactors of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant shut down”

“One of the reactors of the Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhia, under the control of Russian forces, was shut down, yesterday’s bombing caused a serious risk for the safe operation of the plant”, the Ukrainian company said today. Energoatom atomic energy, following the attacks that Kiev and Moscow accuse each other of having launched. “Following the attack on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the emergency protection system was activated on one of the three functioning reactors, which shut down,” Energoatom announced in a message on Telegram.

Ukraine: “Russians want to try Azov at Mariupol Philharmonic”

The Russian occupiers are moving the cages of the Mariupol area prisons to the stage of the city’s Philharmonic ahead of the trial to be held in September of Ukrainian fighters taken prisoner in the Azovstal steel plant. This was reported by the office of the mayor in exile of Mariupol quoted by UNIAN.
“The cages are being prepared: the Russian Federation wants to stage a ‘show trial’ of prisoners of war on the stage of the Philharmonic. A farce”. Mayor Vadym Boychenko stressed that the Russians are ignoring all international norms: “They continue to multiply war crimes, showing contempt for the entire civilized world,” he said. And he invited the international community, the UN and the Red Cross to intervene to ensure compliance with the rules for the treatment of prisoners of war.

Ukraine: Russian bombs in the south, 3,000 tons of wheat destroyed

Russian bombings on the Zaporizhzhia region, in particular on the Novomykolaivskyi district, hit agricultural infrastructure, destroying a warehouse that contained more than 365 tons of sunflowers and also destroyed grain elevators that contained about 3 thousand tons of grain. This was reported by the Ukrainian news agency Ukrinform.

Arrived in Istanbul ship with corn left from Odessa

The Navistar ship, one of the three boats left yesterday from Ukrainian ports loaded with cereals in the framework of the agreement between Kiev and Moscow mediated by Turkey and the UN, arrived in Istanbul. This was reported by a note from the Turkish Ministry of Defense. Set sail from Odessa and bound for Ireland, the Panamanian-flagged Navistar “with 33,000 tons of corn, reached the designated location north of Istanbul and dropped anchor”, the statement read, “the ship will be inspected by Joint coordination center in the next few hours “.

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From Odessa to Lebanon, Ukrainian wheat starts sailing among the mines

by our correspondent Brunella Giovara


Russia: “Ukrainian fuel depot near Zaporizhzhia destroyed”

The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation destroyed a fuel depot of the Ukrainian Armed Forces with stocks of diesel near the city of Zaporozhzhia, on whose territory there is a nuclear power plant. This was stated by the spokesman of the Russian Defense Ministry Igor Konashenkov, quoted by Tass. “A fuel depot of the Ukrainian armed forces with over 50,000 tons of diesel for the military equipment of the Dnepr operational group was destroyed near the city of Zaporozhia,” he said.

Ukraine, 600 civilians evacuated from Donetsk in 24 hours

More than 600 civilians have been evacuated from the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine in the past 24 hours, the direction of the region’s state emergency service said on Facebook, according to Ukrinform. Overall, 601 people were evacuated, including 22 children, the message reads. Since the invasion began on February 24, 9,590 people have been evacuated from the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

Erdogan proposes to Putin a meeting with Zelensky in Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he offered Russian President Vladimir Putin to hold a meeting with Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky in Turkey. This was reported by the independent Belarusian media Nexta. Yesterday Erdogan met Putin in Sochi, Russia, to strengthen economic and energy cooperation between the two countries. It was the second meeting between the two presidents since the start of the war, in July they met in Tehran.

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Facebook and Instagram remove a thousand fake Russian accounts in support of the war

Meta announced that it had disabled 45 Facebook and 1,037 Instagram accounts operated by a group of Russian trolls targeting “politicians, journalists, actors, celebrities and commercial brands from around the world” who supported Ukraine. According to Meta, and relaunched by the Kyiv Independent, several hundred people worked for the group who were rewarded in rubles for leaving pro-Russia comments in order to create the illusion of widespread support for Russia’s war in Ukraine.

EU: “Russian attacks on Zaporizhzhia irresponsible”

The EU condemns Russia’s military activities around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. “This is a serious and irresponsible violation of nuclear safety rules and another example of Russia’s contempt for international standards,” writes EU High Representative Josep Borrell in a tweet. “The International Atomic Energy Agency (Aiea) must have access,” he adds.

Kiev: “Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant did not explode by miracle”

“Europe was able to see this new day only because, by a miracle, yesterday the nuclear power plant of Zaporizhzhia it did not explode. ”Ukrainian presidential adviser Mikahilo Podolyak wrote on Twitter after the attack on the plant that Kiev attributes to Russian forces.
“The Russian Federation has seized” the power plant and “is carrying out dangerous provocations there”, denounced Podolyak, inviting the UN and the IAEA to “demand the withdrawal of the Russians from the nuclear power plant and hand it over to the control of a special commission” .

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The Russian arsenal in the nuclear power plant: “We risk a new Chernobyl”

by our correspondent Daniele Raineri


US Defense Secretary in Latvia on 9-10 August

The Latvian Minister of Defense confirmed the visit of his American counterpart, Lloyd J. Austin, scheduled for August 9 and 10 in Riga. Austin is expected in Germany on August 8 for the ceremony to hand over the command of the body. of the Marines.

Russian bombs on Nikopol and Kryvyi Rih, three injured

Three people were injured last night following attacks by Russian forces against the districts of Nikopol (south) and Kryvyi Rih (center): the head of the Dnipropetrovsk regional military administration, Valentyn Reznichenko, said on Telegram. what Ukrinform reports.

Isw: Kiev records Russian use of Iranian drones

Russia is already using Iranian drones in the war against Ukraine. This was reported by the American think tank Institute for the Study of War (ISW) in its latest report, citing what was reported by the Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych. Arestovych reported that the Islamic Republic has provided Moscow with at least 46 Shahed-129 drones currently being used in the field to counter US-supplied Himras multiple rocket launcher systems in Kiev. It is unclear whether the 46 drones represent the entire supply that Tehran has sent or just the number of Iranian drones currently operating in Ukraine.

Gb: “Russian forces gather in the south for possible assault”

Russian forces are almost certainly regrouping in southern Ukraine in anticipation of a Kiev counter-offensive or to prepare for a possible assault: British intelligence writes in its daily update on the situation in the country. Meanwhile, points out the report published by the Ministry of Defense on Twitter, Moscow’s soldiers are increasingly targeting targets such as bridges, ammunition depots and railway junctions in the southern regions of the country. The war is about to enter a new phase, concludes the report, in which the heaviest fighting will affect a front of about 350 km, from Zaporizhzhia to Kherson, parallel to the Dnipro River.

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Russian bombs in the south, 3,000 tons of wheat in smoke

Russian forces attacked a farm in the Novomykolaivskyi district of the Zaporizhzhia region in southern Ukraine, destroying a silo complex with 3,000 tons of grain, the Kyiv Independent reports. During another bombing, a warehouse with more than 365 tons of sunflowers was destroyed.

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Russian forces bomb Nikopol

Russian forces bomb Nikopol. According to Yevhen Yevtushenko, head of the district military administration of the city, Russian forces bombed Nikopol, Dnipropetrovsk, around one o’clock. The Kyiv Independent reports this.

Mayor of Kharkiv: new Russian bombing of the city

The Russian armed forces bombed Kharkiv and hit the Slobid district in particular. The mayor of the city Ihor Terekhov made it known on telegram. Ukrainska Pravda reports it. “The rescuers are already on the scene – he explained – so far there is no information about the victims and I hope this is the case”.

Russian Deputy Ambassador to the UN: “Ukrainian proposals are ridiculous”

“Ukraine is not ready for serious negotiations and the proposals it has made are ridiculous.” This was stated by the Russian Deputy Ambassador to the UN, Dmitry Polyansky. “Ukraine is not showing any responsible attitude on the peace talks”.

Ukrainian director of Amnesty resigns after report against the army

Oksana Pokalchuk, director of Amnesty International Ukraine, announced her resignation from the organization due to the report criticizing the Ukrainian military for putting civilian lives at risk by using civilian facilities such as schools during the conflict. In a statement on Facebook, she Pokalchuk said she tried to dissuade the organization from publishing the report as it was published.

“This is another loss the war has brought me.” Everything has crashed into the wall of bureaucracy and a deaf language barrier – the post reads – If you don’t live in a country occupied by invaders who are tearing it apart, you probably don’t understand what it means to condemn an ​​army of defenders “.

“Since the beginning of the large-scale aggression, we have not ceased to underline the violations of human rights and international humanitarian law committed by Russia, the aggressor country – the resigning director continues – We accurately document these violations, which will form the basis of numerous legal proceedings and will help bring those responsible to justice “.

Amnesty International: Ukrainian army puts civilians at risk. The wrath of Kiev

by our correspondent Brunella Giovara


Latvia: stop on entry visas for Russian citizens

The Latvian embassy in Moscow has suspended the issuance of entry visas for Russian citizens for an indefinite period. Exceptions are provided only for participation in the funeral of family members. After the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Latvia opted to grant visas to Russian citizens only for humanitarian reasons.

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