The attack on a Russian base in Crimea marks a turning point in the war. Underlined by Ukrainian President Zelensky in his nocturnal speech: “The war, which began with Crimea, will end with its liberation,” he says. Although officially Kiev denies that it is responsible for the raid. But there is another always hot front in the conflict. That of Zaporizhzhia. With Moscow calling for a Security Council meeting on the nuclear power plant, accusing Kiev of “recent attacks”. The meeting could take place as early as tomorrow.
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US experts: “Moscow does not accuse Kiev of Crimea for not showing signs of weakness”
Moscow does not blame Kiev for the explosions that took place yesterday at the military base in Crimea because this would be an implicit admission “of the ineffectiveness of its air defense”. This is the analysis of the American think tank ‘Institute for the Study of War’ reported by Kiev Independent.
Kiev: Moscow wants to connect central Zaporizhzhia to Crimea
Russian forces occupying the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southeastern Ukraine are preparing to connect the plant to the Crimean power grid. This was explained by the president of Energoatom, Petro Kotin. It was reported on Guardian. “Their plan is to damage all lines of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. After that it will not be connected to the Ukrainian electricity system,” he said. According to Kotin, this is a “very dangerous” plan.
Kiev: “We have nothing to do with explosions in Crimea”
The government of Kiev declares itself extraneous to the explosions that took place yesterday at a Russian military base in Crimea. Responding to a question directed to Dozhd online TV, Mykhailo Podolyak, an influential advisor to President Volodymyr Zelensky, denied any wrongdoing. “Of course not. What do we have to do with this?”, The words of him.
Russian attack in the Zaporizhzhia region, a woman killed
A woman died in a Russian attack in the Zaporizhzhia region. Andriy Kurtev, secretary of the local city council, wrote on telegram. He brings it back Union. The bombings took place on the city of Kushugum where “unfortunately a woman died”. Furthermore, “three houses were destroyed and another 30 damaged”.
Russian bombing during the night in Dnipro: at least 11 dead
It was a “tragic night” in the Dnipropetrovsk region of Ukraine. Local governor Valentin Reznichenko writes on telegram. The bombing of the Nikopol district in fact caused at least 11 deaths and 13 injuries. “They deliberately hit residential areas when people slept in their homes,” he said.
Kiev: “Moscow wants to connect Zaporizhzhia to Crimea”
The Russian forces occupying the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in south-eastern Ukraine intend to connect the plant to the Crimean electricity grid, annexed by Moscow in 2014, according to the president of the Ukrainian operator Energoatom, Petro Kotin, according to which the process would hide many pitfalls and could cause serious damage to the plant. “To do this, you must first damage the power lines of the plant connected to the Ukrainian energy system. From August 7 to 9, the Russians have already damaged three power lines. At the moment, the plant operates with only one production line, a way of working extremely dangerous, “he added.
Zelensky adviser: “Strangers to explosions in Crimea”
Half confirmations, denials. “Ukraine bears no responsibility for the explosions that took place yesterday at a Russian air base in Crimea.” The denial of the rumors circulated in the last hours is of the presidential adviser, Mykhailo Podolyak. “Of course not. What do we have to do with this?” He said in an interview with the online TV channel Dozhd.
Zelensky: “The war will end with the liberation of Crimea”
“This Russian war against Ukraine, against all free Europe, began with Crimea and must end with Crimea, with its liberation. Today it is impossible to say when this will happen, but I know we will return to Ukrainian Crimea.” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said this in his usual evening address to the nation, a few hours after the attack – not claimed – on a Russian base in Crimea. The world, the president added, is beginning to recognize that “it was wrong when it decided not to respond with all force to Russia’s first aggressive steps” in 2014, with the annexation of Crimea.
Moscow calls for UN Council meeting on Zaporizhzhia
Moscow has asked for a meeting of the UN Security Council “on the recent Ukrainian attacks against the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia and the catastrophic consequences they could entail”. A source from the Russian mission to the United Nations told the Tass agency. The meeting, according to Moscow’s request, should take place on 11 August. For days, a rebound of responsibility has been going on between Moscow and Kiev on the responsibilities of the attacks near the plant.
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