Ukraine and Russia: What you need to know

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy urged Ukrainians to be vigilant ahead of Wednesday’s Independence Day, which also marks six months since the Russian invasion, as new explosions hit Crimea and a missile injured 12 civilians near a nuclear power plant. in the south.


Four children were among those injured in the missile attack in Voznesensk, 30 km from the Pivdennoukrainsk nuclear power plant (southern Ukraine), the governor of the Mykolaiv region said.

* A drone hit a building in a “failed” attack near the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Russia-annexed Crimea, Moscow-appointed governor Mikhail Razvozhayev said.

* In the eastern Donbass region, Russian forces approached the outskirts of the city of Bakhmut but did not penetrate the built-up area, the British Defense Ministry said.

* The Russian Defense Ministry accused Ukraine of poisoning some of its military personnel in the Russian-controlled part of the Zaporizhzhia region in southeastern Ukraine at the end of July. An advisor to the Ukrainian Interior Ministry said Russian forces may have eaten expired canned meat.

Reuters could not independently confirm reports from the battlefield.


* Two Russians and a Ukrainian captured trying to enter a military factory in central Albania were suspected of spying, Albanian authorities said. One of the Russians was trying to take pictures, the defense ministry said.

* The Caspian Pipeline Consortium has suspended oil shipments from two of three single berths at its Black Sea terminal Yuzhnaya Ozereyevka for inspection, two people familiar with the shipments told Reuters.

* The United Nations is working with the United States and the European Union to overcome obstacles to the arrival of Russian food and fertilizers on world markets, said UN chief Antonio Guterres.

* The Russian-controlled part of the Zaporizhzhia region exports up to 7,000 tons of wheat per day, Russian-installed authorities said.

US Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo warned Russian entities and individuals are trying to use Turkey to circumvent Western sanctions during a phone call with Turkish Deputy Finance Minister Yunus Elitas.

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