Ukraine condemns Russia for deadly Kharkiv attack

Three more vessels carrying exports leave Ukrainian Black Sea ports on day 175 of fighting, watchdog group says, bringing to 24 the number of vessels due to leave Ukraine under a grain export deal negotiated by Türkiye.

“This is a sneaky and cynical strike against civilians without any justification,” says Zelenskyy from Ukraine. (Reuters)

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Death toll in Kharkiv attack rises

Ukraine’s president condemned what he called a Russian attack which the region’s governor said killed at least six people and injured 16 in northeast Kharkiv, calling it ‘despicable and cynical “.

“Unfortunately, the number of dead and injured from the shelling… has increased: six people died and 16 were injured,” regional governor Oleg Synegubov said on Telegram.

“We will not forgive, we will take revenge,” President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.

NATO calls for ‘urgent’ inspection of Ukrainian nuclear power plant

It is “urgent” that the UN’s atomic watchdog be allowed to inspect the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine which is under Russian military control, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg has said.

Russia’s seizure of the plant “poses a serious threat to the safety and security of this facility (and) increases the risk of a nuclear accident or incident”, he told reporters in Brussels.

“There is an urgent need to allow inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency and ensure the withdrawal of all Russian forces,” he said.

Chinese military to send troops to Russia for joint exercise

Chinese troops will travel to Russia to participate in a joint exercise with Russia and other countries including India, Belarus and Tajikistan, the Chinese Defense Ministry said.

Russia’s Black Sea Fleet appoints new commander

Russia’s Black Sea Fleet based in annexed Crimea has named Viktor Sokolov as its new commander, the RIA news agency reported citing sources.

The appointment follows explosions at Russian military bases in Crimea last week and on Tuesday.

A former Soviet weapons lab revamps its testing facility

A major weapons lab in Russia has revamped its testing facilities after being mothballed following the fall of the Soviet Union, state news agency TASS reported, citing the company’s press service. .

TsNIITochMash, which researches and designs weapons including anti-tank missiles and rifles for the Russian military, told TASS that the renovated lab would be able to test ballistic weapons and small-caliber artillery by extremely cold temperatures.

In an opening speech at an arms fair on Monday, President Vladimir Putin said Russia was ready to sell advanced weapons to its allies and cooperate with others to develop military technology.

Ukrainian official calls for the “dismantling” of the Crimean bridge

A senior Ukrainian official has called for the “dismantling” of Moscow’s main bridge linking Russia’s annexed Crimea to the Russian mainland, following several attacks on the peninsula.

The 19-kilometre bridge inaugurated in 2018 by Russian President Vladimir Putin is the main military and civilian land corridor from Moscow to the annexed peninsula.

“The bridge is an illegal object,” presidential aide Mykhaylo Podolyak said on social media. It “must therefore be dismantled. It does not matter how – voluntary or not.”

Four more grain ships leave Ukrainian ports

Four other ships left Ukrainian ports as part of Istanbul’s grain export deal, Turkey’s National Defense Ministry said.

Ships carrying sunflower meal, sunflower oil and corn have left the Ukrainian ports of Odessa and Chornomorsk, the ministry said on Twitter.

Turkey, the UN, Russia and Ukraine last month signed an agreement to resume grain exports from Ukraine’s Black Sea ports of Yuzhny, Chornomorsk and Odessa, which have been halted due to the Russian-Russian conflict. Ukrainian.

EU considers ban on Russian tourist visas

Active discussions continue between several European Union member states on the need to ban tourist visas for Russian citizens in the context of the Ukrainian conflict.

With this ban, the EU hopes to increase pressure on Moscow and put an end to its “special military operation” in Ukraine.

A draft decision on the ban was presented for consideration as part of the seventh sanctions package adopted by the European Council last month.

North Korea, Russia-backed separatists to develop ‘bilateral cooperation’

North Korea and Ukraine’s Russian-backed separatist region of Donetsk will develop “equally beneficial bilateral cooperation”, Donetsk separatist leader Denis Pushilin said in a letter to Kim Jong-un, the authorities reported. North Korean state media.

In July, North Korea recognized the people’s republics of Donetsk and Luhansk in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine as independent states.

Pushilin wrote a letter to congratulate Kim on August 15, Korea’s Liberation Day, the official KCNA news agency reported, two days after he reported a similar message from Russian President Vladimir Putin to Kim.

“People in the Donbass region are also fighting to regain their freedom and the justice of history today, just as the Korean people did 77 years ago,” the report said citing Pushilin’s letter. .

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