Live blog | IS claims responsibility for the attack on the Russian embassy in Kabul

More than 50,000 Russian soldiers killed

11:50 | The Russian army has lost more than 50,000 soldiers in more than six months of war in Ukraine, the Ukrainian army staff has calculated. During 195 days of fighting, 50,150 Russian soldiers are said to have died.

The British Ministry of Defense estimates around 25,000. Russia has not given figures on its own losses for a long time. The pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine came up with an estimate at the end of last week. They say they have lost more than 2,900 men since the start of the invasion.

IS claims responsibility for the attack in Kabul

11:35 | Islamic State has claimed responsibility for Monday’s bombing of the Russian embassy in the Afghan capital, Kabul. This was announced by the terrorist organization in a statement on one of its official Telegram channels.

Six people were killed in a suicide bombing. Two of them were employees of the Russian embassy. Four Afghans were also killed in the incident and several people were injured. Police in Kabul reported that guards shot and killed the attacker.

According to the IS statement, the terrorist broke through security and detonated the bomb in the middle of embassy staff and Afghans queuing for visas.

Since the Taliban took power in Afghanistan last year, IS, as a rival group, has carried out several attacks in the country. This was the first attack on a diplomatic mission. Although Russia, like other countries, has not officially recognized the Taliban government, it maintains diplomatic relations with Afghanistan.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov expressed his hope on Monday that those responsible for the attack will be punished as soon as possible. Russia also announced it is opening an investigation.

Ukraine: More than 50,000 Russian soldiers killed

11:30 a.m. | The Russian army has lost more than 50,000 soldiers in more than six months of war in Ukraine, the Ukrainian army staff has calculated. During 195 days of fighting, 50,150 Russian soldiers are said to have died.

The British Ministry of Defense estimates around 25,000. Russia has not given figures on its own losses for a long time. The pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine came up with an estimate at the end of last week. They say they have lost more than 2,900 men since the start of the invasion.

Kiev is not very communicative about the losses on the Ukrainian side. According to the latest statement, about 9,000 Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 7,000 are missing. The UN has so far recorded more than 5,700 civilian deaths, but like Kiev, expects the figure to be much higher. The separatists recently reported 870 civilian deaths in their territory.

The leadership of the Ukrainian army also published figures on the opponent’s material losses. The Russian army is said to have disabled 2,077 tanks, 4,484 armored vehicles, 236 aircraft and 207 helicopters. This claim cannot be independently verified.

Russian economy will grow again this year

11:20 | The Russian government has revised its economic forecasts for the coming years upwards. During the whole of 2022, the Russians expect a decline of 2.9 percent, but already at the end of this year, the Russians expect to be able to record growth on a quarterly basis.

Emigration from Russia doubles

10:00 | In the first half of this year, 419,000 people emigrated from Russia, according to the Russian Statistics Bureau. This is more than twice as many as in the same period last year. The Russian news agency RBC writes that it is the first time in recent history that emigration exceeds immigration, which in the first half of the year amounted to 322,000 people.

It is not known what nationality the people who have moved in and out of the country have. However, the majority have gone to countries from the former Soviet Union, from where many people used to travel to Russia. Nearly 80,000 migrants have gone to Ukraine, the country Russia invaded in February.

After the invasion, many fled Ukraine, but emigration has also started in Russia. Many political opponents and journalists have left the country. Because many Western companies left, many young people have also decided to look for jobs abroad. Large Russian communities have especially established themselves in Armenia and Georgia.

Russia does not see relations with the British improving under Truss

09:50 | Russia does not expect its relationship with Britain, which has been cooled by the war with Ukraine, to improve under new Prime Minister Liz Truss. The Kremlin said this in a response to the transfer of power on Tuesday in London.

“Based on what Mrs Truss said about us when she was foreign secretary, we can say with almost certainty that things are not going to get better,” a Kremlin spokesman told Russia’s state news agency Tass.

As Prime Minister, Boris Johnson was known as one of Ukraine’s closest allies in the war with Russia. Truss, who was elected as his successor on Monday, will almost certainly face Russia in the conflict just as hard. She has called the country the aggressor several times since the start of the war.

“We will do everything we can to drive Russia out of Ukraine,” she said earlier, referring to diplomatic support and arms supplies to Kiev and heavy Western sanctions against Moscow. “If necessary, we will redouble our efforts to support Ukraine.”

Putin visits the Russian army

09:15 | The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, will participate in large-scale exercises of the Russian armed forces on Tuesday. The army has been training for days with China, Belarus, Syria, India and other countries with which Russia has good ties.

The exercises, called Vostok 2022, started on Thursday and will last until Wednesday. They take place at various training sites in eastern Russia. According to Russia, more than 50,000 soldiers are participating.

A Kremlin spokesman told local media that Putin is meeting with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and military chief of staff Valeri Gerasimov.

Russia earns billions from energy exports

08:30 | Since the start of the war in Ukraine, Russia has brought in about 158 ​​billion euros in energy exports. The European Union accounted for more than half of this, reports the Center for Research in Energy and Clean Air (CREA). At the same time, the think tank calls for more effective sanctions against Moscow, as the introduction of sanctions against Russia causes oil, gas and coal prices to skyrocket.

The increased fossil fuel prices also mean Russia is making much more money from exports compared to previous years, despite reduced export volumes this year, the Finnish organization said. Natural gas prices in Europe have recently risen to record highs as Russia cuts supply. Crude oil prices have also skyrocketed since the invasion, although they have fallen somewhat since then.

Russia exports more oil to Asia

08:00 | Russia will send more oil to Asia when G7 countries introduce a price cap. Russian Energy Minister Nikolai Shulginov said this during an economic forum in Vladivostok. “Any action to impose a price cap will lead to scarcity in the promoter markets and increase price volatility,” he said.

With the introduction of a maximum price agreed in principle by the G7 countries, the major industrialized countries will ensure that Moscow earns less from the sale of fossil fuels. As a result, Russia would be less able to finance its war in Ukraine. Before Russia invaded Ukraine in February, about half of Russia’s exports of crude oil and petroleum products went to Europe, according to the International Energy Agency.

Russia buys ammunition from North Korea

06:15 | According to US intelligence, Moscow is buying artillery ammunition from North Korea, reports The New York Times. US government officials told the newspaper that the purchases show that the sanctions imposed on Russia to prevent it from buying weapons are working. This makes it more difficult for Moscow to maintain the war against Ukraine.

It is unclear what exactly the Russians bought from the North Koreans. However, the intelligence services have released that it is, among other things, artillery shells and rockets. According to the American newspaper, Russia is expected to buy even more of this type of weapon.

In early July, it was announced that Iran would supply the Russians with hundreds of drones that can be weaponized. A month later, a US official told Reuters the international news agency that the drones had many defects.

Readjust gas supplies to Europe if…

05:00 | Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov has said that Russia will not fully resume its gas supplies to Europe until the West lifts its sanctions against Moscow. The Kremlin blames the sanctions on Russia’s failure to deliver gas through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline.

Peskov added that Russia’s full resumption of gas supplies via Nord Stream 1 “undoubtedly” depended on the West lifting its sanctions against Moscow. “It is the sanctions from the West that have brought us to the situation we see now.”

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