Russia accuses the United States of being directly involved in the Ukraine conflict as the first ship carrying Ukrainian grain to world markets since the assault on Moscow leaves Istanbul as the fighting enters its 161st day.
Wednesday, August 3, 2022
Sanctions make it impossible to deliver a gas turbine – Russia’s Gazprom
Russian energy giant Gazprom said delivering a turbine needed to keep gas flowing to Europe through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline was “impossible” because of sanctions imposed on Moscow.
“Sanctions regimes in Canada, the European Union and Britain, as well as inconsistencies in the current situation regarding the contractual obligations of (turbiner) Siemens make delivery impossible,” Gazprom said in a statement.
The statement risks further heightening concern among European countries who suspect Moscow is looking for an excuse to delay the turbine’s return to Russia and further cut its gas supplies.
Ukraine says Russia is creating strike force targeting Zelensky’s hometown
Ukraine said Russia had started creating a military strike force targeting President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s hometown of Kryvyi Rih, and warned that Moscow could prepare new offensive operations in southern Ukraine.
Russia holds swathes of southern Ukraine it captured in the early stages of its Feb. 24 offensive, but kyiv has said it will mount a counteroffensive. He said on Tuesday that he had already taken over 53 villages in the occupied Kherson region.
The steel town of Kryvyi Rih where Zelenskiy grew up is about 50 km from the southern front line.
“(Russia) began to create a strike group in the direction of Kryvyi Rih. It is also highly likely that the enemy is preparing a hostile counteroffensive with the subsequent plan to reach the administrative border of the Kherson region “, said the southern military command. .
In pictures: The inspection of the cargo ship Razoni is complete and it will continue its journey through the Istanbul Strait to Lebanon – Turkish Ministry of Defense pic.twitter.com/zR3eHgqz7d
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First Ukrainian grain ship leaves Istanbul for Lebanon
The first grain-laden ship to leave Ukraine since the start of the conflict with Russia passed an inspection in Istanbul and continued sailing to Lebanon, following a deal brokered by Türkiye.
Inspections by a team from Istanbul’s Joint Coordination Center (JCC) lasted more than an hour on Wednesday.
Two boats carrying inspection personnel took off from a small fishing port of Rumeli Feneri in Istanbul towards the vessel, which was surrounded by two coastguard boats while a helicopter circled around it.
Ukraine raises 2022 harvest forecast to 65-67 million tonnes of grain – PM
Ukraine’s forecast for its 2022 wartime harvest has dropped from 60 million tonnes to 65-67 million tonnes of grain, Prime Minister Denys Shmygal said.
In a Telegram message, he praised farmers for continuing to harvest despite the war, even in areas where shelling continues.
Switzerland imposes sanctions on Russian gold in line with EU
The Swiss Federal Council has imposed new sanctions against Russia for the conflict in Ukraine, in line with the latest European Union measures on gold and gold products.
The Council said it had made two new exceptions relating to transactions related to agricultural products and the supply of oil from third countries, which the EU has also made, in order to avoid any disruption of payment channels.
The vessel carrying 26,000 tonnes of Ukrainian grain has cleared customs after a joint inspection and is ready to head for its final destination, Lebanon. The Razoni, flying the flag of Sierra Leone, is the first grain ship to leave Ukraine since the Moscow incursion thanks to the agreement brokered by Ankara pic.twitter.com/GhaJSlvI3C
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Moscow: Destroyed foreign arms depot in western Ukraine
Russia said it destroyed a foreign arms depot near the city of Lviv in a rare strike on western Ukraine.
“High-precision, long-range air-launched missiles near the town of Radekhiv in the Lviv region destroyed a storage base for foreign-made weapons and ammunition delivered to the kyiv regime from Poland,” it said. the Ministry of Defense in its daily press briefing.
Ukrainian President Zelenskyy: China must not help Russia
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told Australian university students that China should not help Russia in its offensive against its homeland and at least remain neutral.
Zelenskyy addressed 21 Australian universities in an online discussion hosted by the Australian National University in Canberra.
Asked by a student about China’s position, Zelenskyy said he would prefer Beijing to join countries like the United States and Australia that have condemned Russian attacks that began in February.
“For now, China is balancing itself and indeed has neutrality and, I will be honest, this neutrality is better than China joining Russia,” Zelenskyy said.
UN nuclear chief: Ukraine’s nuclear power plant is ‘out of control’
The UN nuclear chief has warned that Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in Ukraine “is completely out of control” and has issued an urgent appeal to Russia and Ukraine to quickly allow experts to visit the sprawling complex in order to stabilize the situation and avoid a nuclear accident.
Rafael Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said in an interview with the Associated Press that the situation is becoming more perilous every day at the Zaporizhzhia plant in the southern city of Enerhodar. – east of the country.
“All nuclear safety principles were violated” at the plant, he said. “What is at stake is extremely serious and extremely serious and dangerous.”
Russia destroys foreign arms depot near Lviv city in western Ukraine – Russian Defense Ministry pic.twitter.com/ABZrIY90xB
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Russia could use nuclear option against ‘direct aggression’ from NATO
The conflict in Ukraine does not justify Russia’s use of nuclear weapons, but Moscow may decide to use its nuclear arsenal in response to NATO countries’ “direct aggression” on the conflict, the Russia at the United Nations.
At a nuclear non-proliferation conference, Russian diplomat Alexander Trofimov dismissed “totally unfounded, detached from reality and unacceptable speculation that Russia threatens to use nuclear weapons, especially in Ukraine.”
Trofimov, a senior diplomat in the non-proliferation and arms control department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, said Moscow would only use nuclear weapons in response to weapons of mass destruction or a weapon attack. convention that would threaten the existence of the Russian state.
“Neither of these two hypothetical scenarios is relevant to the situation in Ukraine,” Trofimov told the UN conference to review the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
US sanctions Putin’s ‘girlfriend’, no more oligarchs
The United States blacklisted Russian President Vladimir Putin’s alleged girlfriend, Alina Kabaeva, a former Olympic gymnast, and tycoon owner of London’s second-largest estate, Andrey Grigoryevich Guryev, in the latest round of sanctions regarding the assault on Ukraine.
Several other oligarchs believed to be close to Putin have also been hit by US trade bans, four officials appointed by Russia to administer occupied territories in Ukraine and about two dozen high-tech institutes and companies, including state-supported key electronic entities.
Viktor Filippovich Rashnikov, one of Russia’s biggest taxpayers, and two subsidiaries of his MMK, which is among the world’s largest steel producers, were also hit with sanctions.
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