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UK to supply hundreds of anti-tank weapons and drones to Ukraine

Russia says its military objectives in Ukraine now extend beyond the eastern Donbass region as mutual casualties mount on the 148th day of fierce fighting.

The UK said it would also supply counter-battery radar systems, artillery guns and more than 50,000 rounds to Ukraine. (AP)

Thursday, July 21, 2022

UK bolsters arms supply to Ukraine with more anti-tank weapons

UK will send dozens of artillery guns and more than 1,600 anti-tank weapons to Ukraine as part of latest Western arms delivery to help bolster country’s defense against Russia, secretary says at the Ben Wallace Defense.

“Together with our international partners, we will ensure that Ukraine has the necessary tools to defend its country against Putin’s unlawful invasion,” Wallace said in a statement.

Wallace said Britain would also provide counter-battery radar systems, hundreds of drones and more than 50,000 rounds.

Conflict in Ukraine must end to avoid nuclear ‘abyss’: Lukashenko

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has said Russia, Ukraine and the West must all agree to end the conflict in Ukraine to avoid “the abyss of nuclear war”.

“We have to stop, come to an agreement, end this mess, this operation and this war in Ukraine,” Lukashenko said in an interview.

“Let’s stop and then we’ll figure out how to go on living… There’s no need to go any further. Beyond lies the abyss of nuclear war. It is not necessary to go there. Lukashenko accused the West of seeking conflict with Russia and provoking the Ukrainian conflict.

Ukraine says Russia is stockpiling weapons at occupied nuclear power plant

kyiv has accused Moscow of stockpiling heavy weapons at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in occupied Ukrainian territory, after Russia said Ukrainian troops fired on the facility.

Ukraine’s state-owned energy company Energoatom said on social media that Russia had moved more than two dozen military equipment and ammunition into the engine room of the first reactor.

“Occupiers continue to cynically violate all standards and requirements regarding fire, nuclear and radiological safety of nuclear power plant operation, keeping heavy military equipment, ammunition, weapons and explosives just in the engine room of the power unit of the largest nuclear power plant in Europe,” It said.

Hungary FM in Russia to discuss buying more gas

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto visited Moscow to discuss buying more Russian gas on behalf of his country, the ruling Fidesz party said.

“In order to ensure the security of Hungary’s energy supply, the government has decided to purchase an additional 700 million cubic meters of natural gas in addition to the quantities stipulated in the long-term contracts”, Fidesz said in a statement on Facebook.

Kremlin points finger at EU for gas delivery problems

The Kremlin had said Europe’s gas supply problems were due to “technical difficulties” caused by economic sanctions as the Nord Stream gas pipeline reopened after maintenance but with reduced throughput.

“All the technical difficulties related to this are caused by the restrictions that European countries themselves have introduced,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

He said accusations that Moscow was using the gas deliveries as political blackmail were “completely” unfounded.

EU imposes new sanctions on Moscow over Ukraine conflict

The European Union has imposed more sanctions on Russia over the conflict in Ukraine after the 27-member bloc backed measures such as a ban on gold imports and tighter controls on exports of certain commodities. high technology.

European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said the “strengthened and prolonged EU sanctions against the Kremlin” send “a strong signal to Moscow: we will keep the pressure on for as long as it takes”.

The EU described the new round of sanctions as minor adjustments and intends to align its actions with commitments from global partners.

Kremlin says even the toughest sanctions have never made countries change their stance

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Western sanctions imposed on Russia for its actions in Ukraine will not change its course.

On a call with reporters, Peskov said: “Even the toughest sanctions have never caused countries to change their position.”

Two dead, 19 injured in Russian shelling of Kharkiv

Two people were killed and 19 injured in the Russian shelling of the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, the regional governor said.

“Nineteen people were injured, including a child. Unfortunately, four people are in serious condition. Two people died,” Oleg Synegubov said after the bombardment.

Russia, which attacked Ukraine on February 24 in what it calls a special military operation, denies deliberately targeting civilians.

Russia shot down Ukrainian SU-25 military plane near Kramatorsk, Russia says

The Russian Defense Ministry said its forces shot down a Ukrainian SU-25 military plane near Kramatorsk in eastern Ukraine.

The claim could not be immediately verified and there was no immediate reaction from Kyiv.

British Truss: I do not support the direct involvement of our troops in Ukraine

British Foreign Secretary and leadership candidate Liz Truss has said she does not support the direct involvement of British troops in Ukraine.

When asked in a BBC Radio interview whether she would support the use of British forces in Ukraine if she became prime minister, Truss said: “We are doing everything we can to support Ukraine.”

“We have led the international coalition on sending arms, we are putting the sanctions in place, but I do not support the direct involvement of British troops.”

No contact with US on Ukraine peace talks:Russia

There has been no contact with the United States over peace talks with Ukraine, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a press briefing.

Ukraine devalues ​​hryvnia following Russian attack: central bank

Ukraine’s central bank has devalued the official hryvnia exchange rate to protect its foreign exchange reserves as Russia’s attack ravages the economy.

The National Bank said in a statement that it was devaluing the official exchange rate from 29.25 hyrvnia per dollar to 36.57 hyrvnia per dollar in order to strengthen the competitiveness of Ukrainian products and strengthen economic stability while the military attack continued.

The bank said it acted “in view of the change in fundamental characteristics of the Ukrainian economy during the war and the strengthening of the US dollar against other currencies”.

This step will improve the competitiveness of Ukrainian producers, converge exchange rate conditions for different groups of businesses and households, and support the resilience of the economy during the war.

The National Bank of Ukraine

Key gas pipeline linking Russia to Europe restarts after hiatus

Russia restored critical gas supplies to Europe via Germany via the Nord Stream gas pipeline after 10 days, but uncertainty remains over whether the Kremlin would trigger another energy crisis on the continent this winter. “It works,” said a Nord Stream spokesperson, without specifying the quantity of gas delivered.

The Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea to Germany had been closed since July 11 for annual maintenance work. Amid tensions over Russia’s offensive in Ukraine, German officials feared the pipeline – the country’s main source of Russian gas – might not reopen at all.

Operator Nord Stream AG said gas started flowing again on Thursday morning and data from its network showed gas was starting to arrive after maintenance was scheduled to end at 6 a.m.

Britain: Russia moves closer to Ukraine’s second-largest power station

Russian forces are likely closing in on Ukraine’s second-largest power station at Vuhlehirska, 50 kilometers northeast of Donetsk, according to British military intelligence.

“Russia is prioritizing the capture of critical national infrastructure, such as power stations,” the UK Ministry of Defense said.

The ministry also added that Russia was likely trying to break through at Vuhlehirska, as part of its effort to regain momentum on the southern pincer of its advance towards the key cities of Kramatorsk and Sloviansk.

US expects global Russian oil price cap

The United States hopes to see a global price cap on Russian oil introduced by December, US Treasury Undersecretary Wally Adeyemo has said.

“We are following what the Europeans have done,” he told the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado. “They introduced the idea of ​​looking to do a price cap, but they also said by December that they plan to have their insurance ban in place.

Russia has said it will not export oil to the world market if the price is capped below the cost of production.

Brazil, China, India and some countries in Africa and the Middle East have increased their imports of energy from Russia, which is selling at very favorable prices compared to world benchmarks, because many refiners Europeans have stopped buying Russian oil.

Our goal is to make sure that as this insurance ban comes into effect, we’re in a position where there’s a price cap that can be joined to the one that’s global that helps drive down global energy prices and also allows Russian energy to flow into the market.

Wally Adeyemo, Under Secretary of the US Treasury

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