Putin and Xi to attend G20 summit
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping will attend a G20 summit in November, the leader of Indonesia – who currently chairs the forum of major world economies – said in an interview published Friday. The presence of the two heads of state at the summit would coincide with that of US President Joe Biden, while Washington’s relations with Moscow and Beijing are at their lowest, due to the war in Ukraine and tensions around Taiwan.
At least 362 children killed and 716 injured since the start of the war
According to the Attorney General’s Office, at least 362 children have been killed and 716 injured since February 24. The figures should be higher because they do not include victims in Russian-occupied territories and near the frontline, Ukraine’s prosecutor general’s office said. The highest number of child victims was recorded in Donetsk Oblast, where 376 children were injured or killed.
Here are Russia’s combat casualty estimates as of Friday according to the Ukrainian Armed Forces
“No Russian territorial gain”
A new report from the Institute for the Study of War, a non-profit research organization in the United States, found that there were “no claimed or assessed Russian territorial gains in Ukraine on August 18 for the first time since July 6, 2022.” The report suggests that Russian propaganda has intensified as tensions continue to rise around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, as the head of Russia’s Radiological, Chemical and Biological Defense Forces, the Lieutenant General Igor Kirillov, claimed in an August 18 briefing that “Ukrainian forces are preparing a provocation at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant and that the provocation is supposed to coincide with the visit of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Ukraine.
Buses against staff at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant
US State Department spokesman Ned Price said he was “aware of reports that Russian personnel abused and coerced” nuclear plant personnel. The United States condemns “Russia’s reckless disregard for nuclear safety and security” and says the International Atomic Energy Agency must be allowed to enter the plant and ensure its safety and security. The Zaporijjia nuclear power plant worries the international community a little more every day.
Kharkiv, a city “systematically bombed” since the start of the war
Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, has been one of the most bombed since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began, according to British intelligence. Located about 15km from the Russian front line, Kharkiv has suffered as it remains within range of most types of Russian artillery, the latest report from the UK Ministry of Defense says. Multiple rocket launchers and generally inaccurate area weapons wreaked havoc across large parts of the city. Russian forces continue to conduct local raids and investigate attacks on Ukrainian forces, the ministry added. They are probably trying to force Ukraine to maintain significant forces on this front, to prevent them from being employed as a counterattack force elsewhere.
Russian and Ukrainian governments accuse each other of engaging in ‘provocation’ around Zaporizhia power plant
The Russian Defense Ministry on Thursday accused Ukraine of intending to engage in a « provocation » at the central. Ukrainian intelligence services make the same accusation against Moscow, accusing Russian forces of preparing a “true terrorist attack”. According to the same source, representatives of Rosatom, the Russian nuclear operator, left the perimeter of the plant and asked its employees not to come on Friday. A tense situation for several weeks, deciphered by Le Parisien here.
Multiple unconfirmed reports claim Kharkiv was hit again this morning
The Kyiv Independent newspaper quoted Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov as saying Russian forces fired on three of the city’s neighborhoods around 5:44 a.m. One person has been reported injured so far. If confirmed, the attack would be the third to hit the city in three days. Kharkiv Regional Governor Oleh Synehubov said at least 17 people were killed and 42 injured in two recent separate Russian attacks on the city. “To date, 17 people have died in Kharkiv…and 42 people have been injured,” Synehubov said, describing the attacks as “an act of terrorism.”
Biden administration preparing $800 million in Ukraine security aid, Reuters says
U.S. President Joe Biden will likely provide the aid using the presidential levy authority, three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday. The sources also said “an announcement could occur next week, warning that arms deliveries may change in value before they are announced”. It is not yet known which weapons will be included. The White House has not commented on these statements.
Russia: ammunition depot on fire at the Ukrainian border
Two Russian villages were evacuated Thursday in Belgorod province because of a fire that broke out at an ammunition depot near the border with Ukraine, local authorities said.
What to remember from the Zelensky-Erdogan-Guterres meeting
The three leaders met Thursday in Lviv, western Ukraine. On the menu of the discussions in particular: the worrying fate of the nuclear power plant of Zaporijjia and the export of cereals. More information here…
Turkey to help Ukraine rebuild post-war infrastructure
Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov and Turkish Trade Minister Mehmet Mus signed an agreement on post-war reconstruction on Thursday, according to Volodymyr Zelensky’s office. The Turkish government and companies should finance reconstruction projects and provide consultancy services.
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