The Turkish Ministry of Defense reported that two more dry cargo ships with food left the port of Chernomorsk near Odessa, carrying 12,000 tons of corn and 3,000 tons of sunflower on board. Reuters calculated that since the beginning of the signing of the agreement on lifting the naval blockade of Ukrainian ports, 16 ships with grain have already left. Before we move on to other news, a little abouthow Ankara manages to maneuver between the Russian Federation, NATO, Ukraine and stay on the winning side.
- Russian troops were locked up on the western bank of the Dnieper near Kherson, according to some reports, they were abandoned by the command and returned to the eastern bank.
- The Ukrainian military does not have enough weapons for a counteroffensive due to too slow supplies from the West.
- Employees of Mosvodokanal recorded an appeal to Putin with a complaint that they were not paid a salary on a business trip in the Luhansk People’s Republic.
- Meduza: In the elections to the Russian State Duma in September 2021, up to 17 million votes could be thrown.
- The President of Latvia proposes to cancel the residence permit of Russians who support the invasion of Ukraine.
British intelligence thinksthat the Russian army itself has driven itself into a difficult position near Kherson. What is the situation there now: Russian troops are locked up on the western bank of the Dnieper and cannot use any bridge across the river for supply, except for a pontoon ferry. All other bridges are damaged or inaccessible. And according to summary of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and in the west, little awaits the Russian military: over the past 24 hours, the Ukrainian military has managed to repel several Russian attacks, which is why the Russian army had to retreat in the area of Bakhmut and the Uglegorsk thermal power plant. The authorities of Nikolaev and at all reportedthat the entire leadership of the Russian troops in this direction has moved to the eastern bank of the Dnieper (it is impossible to verify this yet). It is also reported that the Russian leadership fled from Kherson. Here is more details about this situation.
On the other hand, the Ukrainian military is also in a stalemate: as he writes American Washington Post, Kyiv cannot yet launch a large-scale counteroffensive in this region, since it does not have enough weapons. This happens because military aid from the West comes in small batches, which makes it impossible to concentrate the offensive, comments Ukrainian General Dmitry Marchenko.
Maxar Technologies published satellite photosshowing the aftermath of the August 11 explosion at the Zyabrovka military airfield in Belarus. According to the Ukrainian military, the Russian army uses this airfield to attack Ukrainian cities.
Besides, how informs the Ukrainian Main Directorate of Intelligence, the Russian military continue to fire at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. The situation there is “close to Fukushima”, told one of the station’s engineers. Therefore, from the city of Energodar and other settlements located near the Zaporizhzhya NPP, people are leaving in droves. According to Ukrainian officials, all this is doneto disconnect Ukraine from the ZNPP, blaming the Armed Forces of Ukraine for this. Here interview with station engineer.
At the same time, Russia claims, which took control of the settlement of Peski in the Donetsk region, and also hit Nikopol with rockets. In the town damaged 11 multi-storey buildings, 13 private houses and a kindergarten. The gas pipeline and power transmission line were put out of action. Representatives of the administration of Melitopol and Mariupol reported new explosions. Ukrainian authorities urge residents of occupied Kherson to leave the city, because otherwise the Ukrainian authorities will not be able to help them during the winter cold.
Amnesty International’s report on the actions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine will be checked by independent experts. Earlier, human rights activists accused the Armed Forces of Ukraine of unjustified deployment of military bases in schools and hospitals. Such an analysis received support from the Kremlin, but outraged Kyiv. Here more about this story here.
Deceived and surprised
Employees of Mosvodokanal, who went on a business trip to the city of Shchastia of the self-proclaimed “Lugansk People’s Republic”, recorded an appeal to Putin. They complained that they were not paid salaries and were not employed under a contract. “We didn’t even suspect that we could be deceived,” people are surprised. And here story of a volunteer from Tatarstan, who went to fight against Ukraine in the hope of earning some money, but as a result received nothing and is glad that at least he survived. And vice versa, history of Belarusianswho volunteered to support Ukraine.
Foreign policy consequences of the war
President of Latvia Egil Levits proposes to cancel the residence permit those Russians who support the invasion of Ukraine. Latvia has stopped issuing tourist visas to Russians since February 24, and now the country’s president is proposing to stop issuing passports to residents of the country who intend to take Russian citizenship. And in Lithuania opened a criminal case against the pro-Russian blogger Anatoly Shariy. He currently lives in Spain. In May, he was detained at the request of Ukraine on suspicion of treason, but released on bail. Two Izvestia employees expelled from Estonia and banned from entering the European Union for three years. They entered on a tourist visa, but instead of resting, they prepared propaganda materials. Former State Duma deputy Dmitry Gudkov reasoningwhat other restrictions and problems await Russians abroad and at home.
Meanwhile in Russia
“Medusa” calculatedthat in the elections to the Russian State Duma in September 2021, up to 17 million votes could be cast – that is, one sixth of the total number of voters and a third of those who participated in the vote. The journalists looked at CCTV footage from all polling stations, counted everyone who came to vote, and compared these numbers with the official ones. It turned out to be 1.2 million fewer people than according to the CEC. That is, the number of fraudulent votes has increased by approximately 10% compared to the 2018 presidential election.
Around the world
- In Belarus, for reposting a photo of Kim Jong-un with a mustache, a resident of Baranovichi got two years “house chemistry”. The judge saw this as an insult to Lukashenka.
- Joanne Rowling tweeted words of support for the writer Salman Rushdie, who was attacked in the United States. In response, she wrote: “Don’t worry, you’re next.” The police are investigating.
- Armed man in Washington crashed by car to the fence of the Capitol. Coming out of the burning car, he fired several shots into the air. When police officers began to approach him, he committed suicide.
- About visas, Russians, journalism and war – an interview with the Latvian director Alvis Hermanis, who in 2022 became one of the most uncompromising critics of Russia in the West. Among other things, he criticized Dozhd, which resumed broadcasting from Riga, and also supports the ban on issuing visas to Russians.
- New Sorokin and feminism. Review of the writer’s latest collection of short stories dedicated to women.
- What awaits the art market in Russia: an interview with the founder and owner of one of the most commercially successful contemporary art galleries in St. Petersburg, Marina Gisich.
- Friendship of a star and a tricolor: can China help Russia deal with sanctions?
- Solution of the national questionor How women of a non-titular nation live in Russia.
- Language of enmity and hatred – culturologist Oksana Moroz talks about hate speech, dehumanization and propaganda of dehumanization of the enemy.