Russia-Ukraine updates: heavy fighting reported on the outskirts of Donetsk | UKTN | 04.08.2022

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Both Ukraine and Russia report heavy casualties in heavy fighting on the outskirts of the city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine.

Donetsk regional governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said the Russian shelling of a bus stop in the frontline city of Toretsk resulted in eight people dead and four injured.

Night fighting was also reported near Pisky, west of the former Donetsk airport.

On Telegram, Kyrylenko said: “According to preliminary information, there was artillery fire. They hit a public transport stop, where there was a crowd of people at the time.” He also called on residents to evacuate ‘on time’.

Russian-backed troops are trying to force Ukraine to give up military positions in the outskirts of Donetsk, both countries say. The city of Donetsk has been controlled by Russian-backed forces since 2014, but many areas in the Donetsk region are controlled by the Ukrainian military.

Russian forces accused the Ukrainians of hitting the center of Donetsk near a theater where the farewell ceremony was held for a deceased officer of the Russian-backed proxy forces that took control of the city in 2014. Ukraine has denied Russia’s allegations.

The mayor of Mykolaiv said damaged apartment buildings were shelled early in the morning in two districts.

Mykolaiv is the closest major population center to where Ukrainian forces hope to launch a counter-offensive, making it a frequent target of Russia’s incoming attacks.

Across the Dnieper River from the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, Ukraine reported that 60 rockets hit the city of Nikopol, with a population of 107,000. Some residents were without power after the attacks.

The US-based Institute for the Study of War (ISW) believes its intent is to put Ukrainian forces in a difficult position.

“Either Ukraine returns fire, at the risk of international condemnation and a nuclear incident (which the Ukrainian armed forces are unlikely to do), or the Ukrainian armed forces allow Russian forces to continue firing at Ukrainian positions from an effective ‘safe zone’. According to an ISW ​​situational report. said.

Lieutenant General Igor Konashenkov, the spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, said the Russian army attacked two Ukrainian ammunition depots near the village of Novoivanivka in the Zaporizhzhya region, along with a fuel depot at the Zaporizhzhya train station.

Elsewhere, in northeast Kharkiv, officials said missiles launched from Russia hit industrial areas near the border.

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Ukraine said the towns of Marinka and Krasnohorivka were also under siege when the town of Avdiivka was shelled.

Head of UN nuclear watchdog calls for access to Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant

Rafael Grossi, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), appealed for access to the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe. It was captured by Russian forces early in the conflict; they have since been accused by Ukraine and the US of using it as a base to carry out attacks.

In the interview, with the Swiss newspaper Tages-AnzeigerGrossi said contact with Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, Zaporizhzhya, was “fragile” and communications did not function every day.

“We are aware of allegations that live ammunition has been stored at the factory, that there have been attacks on the power plant,” Grossi said. “Frankly, if I don’t have access, I can’t determine that. There are contradictions between the accounts of the Russian and Ukrainian sides.”

A Russian-installed official in Ukraine said on Wednesday that Ukraine has repeatedly used weapons from Western countries to attack the factory. Two of the six reactors in Zaporizhzhya are in operation.

On Monday at a nuclear non-proliferation conference in New York, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Russia was behaving “at the height of irresponsibility” and using the plant as a “nuclear shield” to launch attacks and deploy its troops. Russia.

NATO secretary general: Russian invasion an ‘attack on the current world order’

In his native Norway, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the Russian attack on Ukraine was an “attack on the current world order”.

“It is in our interest that this kind of aggressive policy does not succeed,” he said.

Stoltenberg said Russia cannot win the war in Ukraine, which has created the most dangerous situation in Europe since World War II.

He added that if Russia acted in a similar way against a NATO member state, the entire alliance would react. If Russia is successful in Ukraine, Stoltenberg said Russia could attack more countries because “Putin will get confirmation that violence works.”

Stoltenberg spoke on the island of Utoya, where the youth wing of the Norwegian Labor Party has its summer retreat and a white supremacist, Anders Behring Breivik, carried out an attack that, along with a bombing raid in central Oslo, resulted in 77 deaths, 8 in Oslo and 69 on Utoya.

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Stoltenberg is the former Prime Minister of Norway. The far-right attack on the island of Utoya took place while Stoltenberg was in office.

US accuses Russia of fabricating evidence in Olenivka prison

US intelligence officials told the UK Time News news agency on condition of anonymity that Russia was fabricating evidence surrounding last week’s attack on Olenivka prison that killed dozens of POWs.

The officials said Russia hoped it would appear Ukrainian forces were responsible for the July 29 attack in a part of Donetsk controlled by Russian proxy forces, which left at least 53 dead and more injured.

The Russian military has claimed that the attack used missile launchers supplied by the US. The Ukrainian military has strenuously denied the accusation, saying it has not carried out any rocket or artillery attacks on Olenivka.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday he was launching a fact-finding mission after requests from both Russia and Ukraine to investigate the deaths in prison. He said the terms of that mission are being prepared and will be sent to Kiev and Moscow for approval.

POWs killed in Olenivka included members of the Azov battalion captured during the fall of Mariupol.

Kremlin wants documents showing Nord Stream 1 turbine has not been sanctioned

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters in a regular phone call that Russia’s Gazprom would like to see a Nord Stream 1 turbine undergoing maintenance repairs returned in Canada, but documents confirming the turbine has not been approved are still missing.

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Gazprom later said the Nord Stream 1 pipeline is currently operating with just one turbine instead of six.
On Wednesday, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz tried to hold the Russian government accountable for blocking the delivery of the gas turbine.

He said Russia used technical details as an excuse to cut gas supplies to Europe during a visit to a Siemens plant in Mülheim, West Germany.

Scholz said the turbine “can be transported and used at any time,” claiming, “There is no technical reason for non-compliance with the gas supply contracts.”

Ukraine-flagged Syrian-flagged ship says it stole grain from Lebanese port

The Syrian-flagged Laodicea ship that was anchored in a Lebanese port when officials there investigated Ukraine’s claims that grain had been stolen on board were cleared and departed, the Lebanese transport minister said Thursday.

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The Marine Traffic website later showed the ship off the coast of Syria at the port of Tartus. Since last Thursday it has been anchored in Tripoli with 10,000 tons of wheat, flour and barley.

This is a different ship from the one currently sailing from Ukraine to Lebanon as part of a deal between Ukraine and Russia that departed earlier this week and attracted a lot of international attention.

Ukrainian ambassador to Lebanon, Ihor Otash, had urged authorities to open an investigation. When those efforts were ultimately unsuccessful, Otash turned to requesting the Lebanese authorities not to allow the ship to leave port.

On Wednesday, a judge gave permission for the ship to set sail. The Russian embassy in Beirut praised the decision and accused Ukraine of lying about the ship’s cargo in order to disrupt bilateral relations with Lebanon.

In 2015, the US Treasury Department imposed sanctions on the Syrian ship as a result of its ties to the government of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, one of Moscow’s few allies.

The dispute over the Laodicea comes as the first grain ship left Ukraine after a deal between Russia and Ukraine to facilitate grain shipments in the Black Sea. That ship, the Sierra Leone-flagged Razoni carrying 26,000 tons of Ukrainian maize, has just passed through Istanbul on its way to Lebanon.

Lebanon is facing a severe economic crisis filled with rising inflation, rising food prices and shortages.

Glencore sees rising profits

Swiss-based trading and mining giant Glencore reported net profit of $12.1 billion (€11.9 billion) in the first six months of 2022, a tenfold increase in profits as commodity prices rose following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on September 24. February.

Commodity trading saw profits double to $3.7 billion.

In a statement, CEO Gary Nagle said: “Despite what has clearly been a very complex environment for our markets, our business and the world at large, we are pleased to report an exceptional financial performance for Glencore over the period.”

The company said it would return $4.5 billion to its shareholders.

ar/msh (UKTN, UKTN, dpa, Reuters)

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