Russia says it has little ability to help fix Nord Stream 1
Demonstration of piping systems and closing devices at the gas receiving station of the Nord Stream 1 Baltic Sea pipeline.
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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday that Russia could do little to help with urgent repairs needed for the equipment failure of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline.
Russia cut gas supplies through Nord Stream 1, its main gas pipeline to Europe, to just 20% last week, saying that a turbine sent to Canada for maintenance had not yet returned and that other equipment also needed repair.
This indicates a deepening rift in which Moscow cited turbine problems as the reason for cutting gas supplies through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline.
“There are malfunctions that require urgent repairs, and there are some artificial difficulties caused by the sanctions,” Peskov said.
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UK says Russia is likely to redistribute its forces in southern Ukraine
Britain’s Ministry of Defense said on Monday that Russia is likely to redeploy a large number of its forces from the northern Donbass sector to southern Ukraine, echoing comments by Ukrainian authorities last week.
“It is possible that Russia will modify the operational design of its attack in Donbass after it failed to achieve a decisive operational breakthrough as part of the plan it has been following since April,” the ministry said on Twitter.
“It is possible that it has identified its own Zaporizhzhya front as a vulnerable area that needs strengthening.”
The ministry noted that over the past four days, Russia has continued to attempt tactical attacks on the Bakhmut axis, northeast of Donetsk, but only managed to make slow progress.
Several southern cities came under Russian bombardment over the weekend, including Mykolaiv and Odessa.
Houses in the Odessa region were destroyed by Russian bombing.
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Ukrainian President Zelensky commented, on Sunday evening, that “the Russian army is now trying to consolidate its positions in the occupied areas in the south of our country, and is increasing its activity in the relevant areas. Part of the Russian forces are being transferred from their positions in from east to south – to the Kherson region and the Zaporizhzhi region.” But this will not help them there,” he said, that the Ukrainian armed forces “are ready to respond to any new activity of the occupiers.”
– Holly Eliat
The Ukrainian grain export supervisory body says it is closely monitoring the first shipment
The Sierra Leone-flagged dry cargo ship, the Razzoni, departs from the Odessa port of Odessa, Ukraine on August 1, 2022 as part of the recent grain export deal signed between Turkey, the United Nations, Russia and Ukraine and is expected to arrive in Istanbul tomorrow.
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The Joint Coordination Center, a body set up by Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the United Nations to coordinate and supervise shipments of vital products from Ukraine, said it is monitoring the safe passage of the merchant vessel.
A statement issued by the JCC on the so-called “Black Sea Grain Initiative” issued on Monday said that it “allowed the M/V Razoni to set sail from the port of Odessa today”.
It added that the Joint Coordination Center had approved the specific coordinates and restrictions of the humanitarian sea corridor and communicated these details in accordance with international navigation procedures.
She added that she “asked all the participants in it to inform the army and other concerned authorities of this decision to ensure the safety of the ship’s passage.”
The Joint Coordination Committee said that the Razzoni ship will transport more than 26,000 metric tons of maize, and after leaving Odessa this morning, it is expected to arrive at the inspection site in Turkish territorial waters tomorrow, August 2.
After inspection, it will head to its final destination in Tripoli, Lebanon.
The JCC was agreed in late July and set up by Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the United Nations to try to get vital exports, such as wheat, fertilizer and cooking oils, out of Ukraine after months of blockades of Ukraine’s ports. Ukraine blamed Russia for the blockade, while Moscow blamed Ukraine for water mining in the Black Sea, saying it was blocking shipping.
The deal will see ships routing through these waters, via what the Joint Coordination Center calls a “safe humanitarian sea corridor.” Ukraine’s Infrastructure Minister said the shipment would help prevent global famine.
– Holly Eliat
Putin says Russian Navy will get new hypersonic missiles soon
Russian President Vladimir Putin at a Navy Day parade on July 31, 2022 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Planned Navy Day celebrations in Sevastopol in Russia-annexed Crimea were canceled on Sunday after officials accused Ukraine of carrying out a drone attack on the headquarters of the Black Sea Fleet there, injuring five people.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Sunday that the Russian Navy will soon be armed with hypersonic missiles, Zircon.
“We will provide protection resolutely and by all means,” Putin said in a speech on Sunday on the occasion of Russia’s “Navy Day”, saying that “the main thing here is the capability of the Russian Navy.”
Its combat readiness is “constantly improving,” he said, adding that the latest hypersonic Zircon missile systems, “which have no anti-patterns in the world and no barriers,” will be added to the Navy’s arsenal.
“Dear comrades, their handover to the Russian Armed Forces will begin in the coming months,” Putin commented in a speech in St. Petersburg. Zircon missiles, intended for use by the Russian Navy against enemy ships and ground targets, allegedly can fly at nine times the speed of sound and have a range of just over 600 miles.
Putin said the area of their deployment would depend on Russian interests. He did not mention Ukraine in his speech.
Planned Navy Day celebrations in Sevastopol in Russia-annexed Crimea were canceled on Sunday after officials accused Ukraine of carrying out a drone attack on the headquarters of the Black Sea Fleet there, injuring five people.
“An unknown object flew into the yard of the headquarters of the fleet,” wrote Mikhail Razovugayev, governor of Sevastopol – where the Russian Black Sea Fleet is based – on the Telegram messaging application.
According to preliminary information, it is an unmanned aircraft.
Ukraine has not officially commented on the blast amid reports that it could be a homemade device made by Ukrainian rebels in the city.
– Holly Eliat
Ukraine’s first grain shipment in months leaves the port of Odessa
The first shipment of grain exports from Ukraine in months left the port of Odessa, Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kobrakov said and data from MarineTraffic.com show up.
The Turkish Ministry of Defense said that the Sierra Leone-flagged ship, the Razzoni, loaded with corn will head to Lebanon. from the ministry.
“As a result of the intensive work of the Joint Coordination Center in Istanbul and the talks held by (Turkish) Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, the ministers and the concerned parties: it was agreed that the dry cargo ship Razzoni, carrying the flag of Sierra Leone and corn from Odessa, will leave port on August 1 0830 am for Lebanon “.
A port in Odessa, Ukraine, on July 29, 2022. The first shipment of grain exports from Ukraine in months comes after Turkey and the United Nations brokered an agreement between Ukraine and Russia to allow the resumption of major exports from Ukraine, such as grain and fertilizer.
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The shipment comes after Turkey and the United Nations brokered an agreement between Ukraine and Russia to allow the resumption of major exports from Ukraine, such as grain and fertilizer, of which both countries are major producers.
The deal is intended to allow safe passage of grain shipments to and from the ports of Chornomorsk, Odessa and Bivdnyi. More ships are expected to leave Ukraine in the coming days.
– Holly Eliat
Ukrainian grain tycoon was killed during the bombing of the city of Mykolaiv
One of Ukraine’s richest men, agrarian businessman Oleksiy Vadatorsky, and his wife Raisa were killed during the Russian bombing of the southern city of Mykolaiv this weekend.
Video footage released by local emergency services on Sunday showed firefighters dealing with burning buildings after heavy bombardment of the city, a key target of Russian invading forces trying to make territorial gains in southern Ukraine, from Saturday night to Sunday morning.
Vitaly Kim, the governor of Mykolaiv, said on Telegram that Vadatorsky, the founder and owner of the agricultural company Nipolon and his wife were killed in their home.
People get clean water to drink in Mykolaiv, on July 21, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky offered his condolences to the family and friends of the businessman and his wife on Sunday evening, saying that “people like them, businesses and southern Ukraine guarantee food security for the world.”
Zelensky thanked the residents of Mykolaiv for their “resilience and protection of the city and the region”, as well as other southern cities that have been heavily bombed in recent weeks.
“I also thank Nikopol, Kharkiv, Kryvyi Rih and the whole Dnipropetrovsk region, the powerful people of Zaporozhye and the region, all Ukrainians of the Kherson region, everyone who defends the approach of Odessa and the region … Thank you for your courage,” he said.
– Holly Eliat
Zelensky urges civilians to leave Donetsk as Russians look to advance
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asked Ukrainian civilians still living in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine to evacuate them on Saturday.
Russian bombing of cities and settlements in the region has become intensified over recent weeks as its forces look to advance after capturing neighboring Luhansk, with both regions making up the Donbass in the east.
“The more people leave the Donetsk region now, the fewer people the Russian army will have time to kill,” Zelensky said in a video speech on Saturday. “We will use every opportunity available to save as many lives as possible,” he added.
– Holly Eliat