BAccording to the authorities there, one person was killed and several injured in explosions on the Russian-controlled Crimean peninsula on Tuesday. This was announced by the Russian governor of the Crimea administration, Sergei Axyonov, on social media. The detonations occurred at the Saky air base. Videos of rising clouds of smoke circulated on social media.
The Russian news agency Ria Novosti reported that the cause of the detonations was not a Ukrainian attack. Rather, ammunition exploded on a military base. The Ukrainian Defense Ministry said it could not say what caused the explosions. Ukrainian Presidential Advisor Mykhailo Podoliak wrote on Twitter: “This is just the beginning.” Crimea has a future as a travel paradise without Russian occupation.
To the best of the Federal Office for Radiation Protection’s (BfS) knowledge, no radioactive radiation has escaped in the course of the hostilities surrounding the Ukrainian nuclear power plant at Zaporizhia. “There are no indications that radioactive substances could have been released in Ukraine,” the authority told the newspapers of the “Funke Mediengruppe”. According to the BfS, all available radiological readings were “in the normal range”.
“The BfS does not see any acute danger of a release of radioactive substances, but shares the concern for long-term safe operation.” The American Institute for the Study of War described reports on statements by the Russian General Wasilyev about a mine being mined on the site as probably wrong. The reporting is not based on official sources, but on a possibly fake screenshot.
Selenskyj calls for an international travel ban for Russians
After the shelling of the power plant site in the past few days, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned of a nuclear catastrophe and drew comparisons to the 1986 Chernobyl catastrophe. “The world should not forget Chernobyl and remember that the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant is the largest in Europe,” he said.
Selenskyj calls for an international travel ban for all Russians to prevent Moscow from annexing occupied territories. “The most important sanctions are to close the borders, because the Russians are taking other people’s lands,” he told the Washington Post. This demand provoked strong criticism in Moscow. The statements by the Ukrainian president were received “extremely negatively,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, according to the Interfax agency. Peskow said the irrationality of the train of thought exceeded all measure.
According to Russian sources, Ukraine stopped sending Russian oil to south-eastern Europe via the Druzhba pipeline on August 4. The reason is that Ukraine was unable to receive the transit fees from Moscow due to Western sanctions, according to the Russian pipeline monopolist Transneft.
The USA announce arms deliveries
According to the group, the payments to the Ukrainian pipeline operator Ukrtransnafta were made on July 22. However, the money was returned on July 28 because the payment did not go through. According to Gazprombank, which processed the payment, the money was returned due to EU restrictions. Russia normally supplies around 250,000 barrels a day to Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic via the southern branch of the Druzhba pipeline.
Meanwhile, particularly heavy combat operations were reported from the front line in eastern Ukraine. There is heavy fighting in places near the city of Donetsk, the governor of the region of the same name, Pavlo Kyrylenko, said on Ukrainian television. “The situation is tense – there is constant shooting along the entire front line.” There are also many air raids. According to local and Moscow sources, an ammunition depot at an air force base on the Russian-occupied Crimea has exploded.
The United States announced further arms deliveries to Ukraine. The Pentagon said the $1 billion package included additional ammunition for the HIMARS and NASAMS rocket launcher systems and 1,000 Javelin anti-tank missiles. Washington is also doubling financial aid to Ukraine. An additional $4.5 billion would be made available for the country’s budget, the American Agency for International Development Cooperation said.