Fight to liberate Russian-occupied Luhansk worries acting leaders; UK pledges to match support for Ukraine in 2023

Fight to liberate Russian-occupied Luhansk worries acting leaders; UK pledges to match support for Ukraine in 2023

Russia may move submarines out of Crimea

Russia has almost certainly moved its Kilo-class submarines from their home port in Sevastopol, the Russian-occupied Crimea, to southern Russia, according to the latest intelligence from the British Ministry of Defence.

“It is almost certain that the Russian Black Sea Fleet Command has relocated its KILO-class submarines from its home port of Sevastopol in Crimea to Novorossiysk in the Krasnodar Krai in southern Russia,” the ministry said on Tuesday. “

The Russian Navy’s Kilo-class submarine Rostov-na-Donu B-237 enters the Bosphorus for the Black Sea on February 13, 2022 in Istanbul, Turkey.

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The ministry added that this is likely due to the increased level of security threats with the improvement of Ukraine’s long-range strike capabilities and the recent attacks on the fleet headquarters and its main naval airfields.

“Securing the Crimea base for the Black Sea Fleet may have been one of the motivations for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annexation of the peninsula in 2014. Russia’s continued aggression against Ukraine now directly undermines base security,” the ministry said.

— Holly Aryat

Battle to liberate occupied Luhansk continues as Russian proxies look concerned

The Ukrainian counteroffensive in the northeast of the country continues, and the Luhansk region is believed to be no longer under the full control of Russian forces.

Kyiv troops have regained control of the village of Bilohorivka in Luhansk, a Ukrainian official said on Monday. The head of the military administration in the Luhansk region, Shershi Hayday, said on Telegram on Mondat that Bilohorivka “has been cleared and fully under the control of the armed forces”.

“We should all wait patiently for the large-scale occupation of the Luhansk region, the process will be much more difficult than the Kharkov region. Every centimeter of Luhansk land, there will be a tough battle. The enemy is preparing for defense,” He says.

At the same time, Russian authorities and their proxies appear concerned about Ukraine’s progress in the country’s two self-proclaimed “republics” in Luhansk and Donetsk.

A photo taken on June 17, 2022 shows a destroyed school in the village of Bilohorivka, not far from Lysichansk, in the Luhansk region, occupied by Russian troops in early July.

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The head of the Russia-backed separatist Donetsk region, Denis Pushlin, in Luhansk on Monday called on his fellow separatist leaders to work together to prepare for a referendum on joining Russia as soon as possible.

In a video posted on his Telegram channel, he told Luhansk People’s Republic leader Leonid Pasechnik in a phone call that “our actions should be synchronized”.

Analysts at the Institute for War Studies said the desire for a quick referendum “suggests that Ukraine’s ongoing northern counteroffensive is spooking proxy forces and some Kremlin policymakers.”

Analysts at ISW said the referendum would be “incoherent” because “the Russian military did not control all of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions”.

“Partial annexation at this stage would … put the Kremlin in the strange position of demanding that Ukrainian troops not occupy ‘Russian’ territory, and the shame of being unable to implement this demand. It is not clear that Russian President Vladski Mir Putin is willing to put himself in such shackles to make it easier to escalate threats to NATO or Ukraine, which he remains highly unlikely at this stage,” they said.

— Holly Aryat

UK says it will match current support for Ukraine in 2023

The UK’s newly elected prime minister Liz Truss is expected to announce a multibillion-pound stimulus package to help people with soaring energy prices.

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Britain has announced that by 2023 it will match or exceed the amount of military aid to Ukraine this year.

British Prime Minister Liz Truss is expected to announce during a visit to the United Nations in New York this week that leaders “must end Putin’s economic blackmail by eliminating all energy dependence on Russia”. government.

The government said Truss would use her visit to New York this week to cement Britain’s “commitment to Ukraine’s security and territorial integrity, and to announce that the UK will meet or exceed our record 2022 military support for Ukraine next year”.

Britain said Ukraine’s progress in the conflict over the past few weeks amounted to “a major moment in the war” and said the success was a testament to what the Ukrainian people can do with the support of other democracies.

IAEA says missile strikes near Ukraine nuclear power plant

A. On May 1, 2022, Russian soldiers guard an area of ​​the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant in the Russian military-controlled zone in southeastern Ukraine.

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Kyiv told the International Atomic Energy Agency on Monday that an explosion near a power plant in Ukraine damaged windows and power lines but did not affect the operation of three reactors there.

The explosion from the shelling occurred about 300 meters, or 984 feet, from the industrial site of the southern Ukraine nuclear power plant in the Nikolayev province, the IAEA said in a news release.

The Ukrainian nuclear operator Energoatom told the International Atomic Energy Agency the missile hit three power lines that were quickly reconnected and no staff were injured.

Ukrainian authorities reportedly called the shelling an act of Russian “nuclear terrorism”.

The IAEA also said its experts found that the power lines used to supply power to another nuclear power plant, Zaporozhye, had been disconnected on Sunday.

Zaporozhye, in southeastern Ukraine, is Europe’s largest power plant, with six reactors currently in “cold shutdown,” the IAEA said. IAEA experts say the plant still gets the power it needs for basic safety functions, but now it can’t get backup power from the Ukrainian grid.

The IAEA said the disconnected power lines carried electricity from the Ukrainian grid through a switchyard at a nearby thermal power station. It is unclear how the line was disconnected.

“The situation at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant remains fragile and unstable,” IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said in a news release.

“Last week, we saw some improvements in its power supply, but today we learned of a new setback in that regard. The plant is in the middle of a war zone and its power status is far from safe and reliable. So it must be urgent there Create a nuclear safety and security sanctuary,” Grossi said.

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Putin increasingly reliant on volunteers, proxy forces for Ukraine fight: ISW

According to a report by the Institute for War Studies (ISW), Russian combat operations in Ukraine are increasingly reliant on volunteer and proxy forces.

“(Russian President) Putin’s deteriorating relations with the military command and Russia (Ministry of Defense) may partly explain the Kremlin’s increasing emphasis on recruiting ill-prepared volunteers to join temporary irregular forces, rather than trying to attract them to reserve or Substitute Russian conventional combat forces in the pool,” ISW said.

Part of the reason, it said, was that Putin “bypassed the leadership of Russia’s top military command and the Ministry of Defense (MoD) throughout the summer, especially after the defeat. #kharkov State. “

— Natasha Toorak

Russian Army Attacks Nuclear Power Plant; Reactor Still Intact

Russia’s military attacked a nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine early Monday, but its three reactors were unharmed, the Ukrainian State Nuclear Energy Corporation said.

The Ukrainian energy company said the Pivdennoukrainsk nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine’s Mykolaiv region is still operating normally.

The attack reportedly triggered an explosion about 300 meters from the reactor and caused damage to the plant’s buildings, and reportedly hit a nearby hydroelectric power plant and transmission lines.

— Natasha Toorak

General Milley says war in Russia ‘not going well’

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley during a news conference at the Pentagon on July 20, 2022 in Arlington, Virginia.

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U.S. Army Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters in Warsaw, Poland, that Russia is not doing well in Ukraine at the moment. He added that this could make Putin unpredictable and Western powers need to be vigilant.

“The war isn’t going well for Russia right now. So it’s all of us to be on high alert and alert,” Milley said. “In a war, you just don’t know with high certainty what’s going to happen next. what.”

The general added that he was not saying there was any increased threat to U.S. troops in Europe, but readiness was paramount.

Russia’s operations in Ukraine have faced a major setback in a rapid counteroffensive in recent weeks, with Ukrainian forces retaking large swathes of the country’s northeast.

— Natasha Toorak

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