Russia-Ukraine warfare: Zelenskiy adviser says warfare in impasse; Russia ‘appoints new Black Sea commander’ – reside information

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Warfare in impasse, Zelenskiy adviser says

Russia’s warfare on Ukraine has reached a ‘strategic impasse’ a senior presidential adviser has stated.

Russian forces have achieved solely minimal advances, and in some instances we’ve superior, since final month,” Oleksiy Arestovych stated in a video.

What we’re seeing is a ‘strategic impasse.’”

Ukrainian forces stated on Thursday they’d crushed again a Russian assault within the southern area of Kherson.

“The stakes of the Russian Federation on this warfare have been raised,” Arestovych added.

Ukraine’s ministry of defence stated Russian forces had been additionally transferring plane additional again into Crimea and away from the attain of Ukraine’s forces following the current strikes in Crimea.

“The Rashists [Russians] are urgently transferring their planes and helicopters deep into the peninsula and to the airfields of the Russian Federation following the current strikes in Crimea,” the ministry stated in a briefing late final evening.

“The occupiers are finishing up measures to partially switch aviation gear from forward-based airfields in Crimea to order airfields and airfields completely primarily based on the territory of the Russian Federation,” the pressure added.

UN chief in Ukraine for talks on grain and nuclear security

The UN secretary-general, António Guterres, has arrived in Ukraine to fulfill its president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, and Turkish president, Tayyip Erdoğan, within the western metropolis of Lviv.

The leaders will overview the UN-backed grain export deal and talk about “the necessity for a political answer to this battle” in addition to the scenario on the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant in Lviv in western Ukraine.

On Friday, Guterres will go to the Black Sea port of Odesa, the place grain exports have resumed.

On Saturday, the highest UN official will go to the Joint Coordination Centre in Istanbul, which is made up of Russian, Ukrainian, Turkish and UN. officers overseeing the Black Sea exports of Ukraine grain and fertiliser.

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Russia has reportedly changed the commander of its Crimea-based Black Sea fleet after explosions rocked the peninsula this week.

The UN secretary-general, António Guterres, has arrived in Ukraine forward of a gathering later at present with its president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, and Turkish president, Tayyip Erdoğan. The leaders will overview the UN-backed grain export deal and talk about “the necessity for a political answer to this battle” in addition to the scenario on the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant.

It’s 7.30am in Ukraine. Right here is all the pieces you may need missed:

  • A Russian strike on Kharkiv killed at the very least seven individuals and wounded 16 others, Ukraine’s state emergencies providers stated. Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, stated a block of flats was “completely destroyed … We won’t forgive, we’ll take revenge.”

  • Russia has changed the commander of its Crimea-based Black Sea fleet after explosions rocked the peninsula this week. Russia’s RIA information company cited sources as saying Igor Osipov had been changed with Viktor Sokolov. If confirmed, it will mark some of the distinguished sackings of a navy official within the warfare to this point.

  • Chinese language troops will journey to Russia to participate in joint navy workouts “unrelated to the present worldwide and regional scenario”, China’s defence ministry has stated. Different international locations will embrace India, Belarus, Mongolia and Tajikistan. In July, Moscow introduced plans to carry “Vostok” workouts from 30 August to five September.

  • Ukrainian authorities carried out catastrophe response drills close to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant on Wednesday. This adopted repeated shelling on the Russian-occupied plant, the biggest of its sort in Europe.

  • The principle bridge connecting Crimea to the Russian mainland should be “dismantled”, the Ukrainian presidential aide Mykhaylo Podolyak stated. The 19-km (12-mile) Kerch Bridge is Moscow’s key navy and civilian land hall to the peninsula. “The bridge is an unlawful object,” Podolyak stated. It “should due to this fact be dismantled. Not essential how – voluntary or not”, implying the bridge might develop into a navy goal for Ukrainian forces.

  • The highest official in Russian-annexed Crimea has claimed the FSB safety service has damaged up a six-person terrorist cell of a banned Islamist group. It adopted a collection of strikes on Russian bases and different infrastructure throughout the area that Russia has sought guilty on sabotage.

  • A minimum of 12 Russians had been reportedly killed in a strike on a base within the occupied metropolis of Nova Kakhovka, in keeping with the Ukrainian navy. Footage posted to Telegram by the state border guard service confirmed quite a few burnt-out vans, collapsed buildings, and particles.

  • Ukraine has not misplaced any US-supplied Himars rocket launchers, the Ukrainian defence minister, Oleksii Reznikov, stated in contradiction to Russian claims. Ukraine has obtained at the very least 20 of the US-made launchers, and has used them to assault Russian ammunition depots, command posts, and air defences.

  • The mayor of the village of Verkhnyo Rogachytsk within the Kherson area has been kidnapped, in keeping with the deputy chair of the regional council. Yuri Sobolevsky stated Svitlana Ivanivna was taken from her dwelling at about 11am on Tuesday.

  • The primary wartime cargo of UN meals assist for Africa reached the Bosphorus Strait on Wednesday beneath a UN-backed deal to revive Ukrainian grain deliveries throughout the Black Sea. Marine visitors websites confirmed the MV Courageous Commander taking its cargo of 23,000 tonnes of wheat throughout the center of Istanbul sure for its closing vacation spot in Djibouti, Ethiopia, subsequent week.

  • The leaders of Ukraine, Turkey and the UN are set to fulfill to overview the grain export deal in Lviv on Thursday. The UN secretary common, António Guterres, Zelenskiy, and the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, can even talk about “the necessity for a political answer to this battle” and the scenario on the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant, the UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric stated.

  • Canada has disbursed C$450m ($348m) in loans for the acquisition of heating gas earlier than winter for Ukraine, the finance minister in Ottawa, Chrystia Freeland, has introduced.

  • Russia foresees a 38% rise in power export earnings this 12 months on account of greater oil export volumes, coupled with rising gasoline costs, in keeping with an economic system ministry doc seen by Reuters. Russia’s earnings from power exports are forecast to achieve $337.5bn this 12 months, a 38% rise on 2021.

A canine walks close to rubbles of the destroyed governor constructing of Mykolaiv Oblast following a missile strike in Mykolaiv on 17 August. {Photograph}: Bülent Kılıç/AFP/Getty Photos




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