It is day 187 of the war in Ukraine. In this live blog you will find all the latest updates on the ongoing conflict and all its consequences.
Russia sends 50,000 soldiers for training
10:20 | Russia will take part in an international army exercise with more than 50,000 troops this week, the Defense Ministry in Moscow said. It also deploys 5,000 weapons and military equipment, 140 aircraft and 60 warships.
The exercise, called Vostok 2022, starts on Thursday and ends next Wednesday. The training takes place on military training grounds in eastern Siberia and the Russian Far East. There is also practice in the Sea of Japan.
Russia announced the exercise in July. According to the Norwegian Armed Forces, the focus is on ensuring the military security of Russia and its allies. Soldiers from countries such as China, India, Belarus and Mongolia also take part in the training. The first participants are said to have arrived.
‘Russian defense minister on the sidelines’
10:00 | Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu appears to have been sidetracked in the Kremlin. The British Ministry of Defense reports that President Putin is now being kept directly briefed by the army command about the war in Ukraine.
The UK branch relies on reports in the Russian media. Shoigu seems to have fallen into disgrace as the invasion of Ukraine is sluggish.
Shoigu would not sit well with the soldiers and would regularly be ridiculed for his poor leadership. He has served as defense minister since 2012, but had little military experience before that, which damaged his reputation.
Now that there has been little progress in the war, the defense minister would have been sidelined by Putin. Last week, Shoigu said the slow progress in the war was deliberate because Russian troops had to proceed with caution.
Nuclear Agency for the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant
07:00 | The delegation from the International Atomic Energy Agency has traveled to the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant in Ukraine. There have been battles between the armies of Ukraine and Russia for some time. There are concerns about a nuclear disaster due to shelling. The Zaporizhzhya complex was taken by Russian forces in March, but the facility is still operated by Ukrainian personnel. It is currently one of the main fires.
Armed drone shot down at nuclear power plant
06:00 | Russia says its soldiers occupying the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant in Ukraine had to shoot down an armed Ukrainian drone. According to Russian media, the drone would then have fallen onto a safety roof above a reactor. The explosives carried by the drone were detonated in a controlled manner so as not to cause further damage. It is impossible to independently verify the Russian messages.
The ongoing shelling around Europe’s largest nuclear power plant has been a source of great concern internationally for some time. Local residents fear a nuclear disaster due to the attacks. According to Ukraine, Russian soldiers fired at Ukrainian towns across the Dnieper River from the complex. The Russian Defense Ministry, for its part, says that several Ukrainian attacks on the nuclear power plant have already taken place this weekend.
The Zaporizhzhya complex is located on the southern front line of the war in Ukraine. The site was taken by Russian forces in March, but the facility is still operated by Ukrainian personnel. It is currently considered one of the main points of the six-month-old conflict.
‘Russia does not want to acknowledge the risk of radioactivity leaks’
05:00 | Russia does not want to acknowledge the serious risk of radioactivity leaks at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, the US State Department said on Sunday. According to the United States, this is the main reason why Russia on Friday blocked the approval of a joint statement at the end of the UN Review Conference on the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
“Only the Russian Federation decided to block consensus on a final document at the end of the Tenth Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference. Russia did it only because of the text that recognizes the serious radiological risk of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant in Ukraine,” says Den Russian Federation, the ministry in a statement.
Continued shelling of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant has given rise to widespread international concern. Local residents also fear a nuclear disaster due to the attacks.
Moscow already referred to parts of the text as “overtly political” on Friday. The Russian envoy, Igor Vishnevetsky, spoke of a lack of “balance” in the draft final text of more than thirty pages. The representative did not provide details, but the text contained four references to the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant in Ukraine. Sources close to the talks said Moscow was particularly opposed to these clauses.
The 191 signatories of the treaty, which aims to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons, promote complete disarmament and promote cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear energy, have been meeting since August 1 at UN headquarters in New York.