Russia-Ukraine War: What We Know on Day 168 of the Invasion | Ukraine

  • Russian forces occupying Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant refocus power plant’s power generation to connect to Crimea, annexed by Moscow in 2014, according to Ukrainian operator Energoatom. “To do this, you first have to damage the power lines of the factory that is connected to the Ukrainian energy system. From 7 to 9 August, the Russians have already damaged three power lines. At the moment the factory works with only one production line, which is an extremely dangerous way of working,” Energoatom president Petro Kotin told Ukrainian television. The plant, not far from the Crimean peninsula, has six of Ukraine’s 15 reactors and can power four million households.

  • The head of the Ukrainian state nuclear power plant warned of the “very high” risks of shelling at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant in the Russian-occupied south and said it was vital that Kiev regain control of the facility in time for the winter. Energoatom chief Petro Kotin told Reuters in an interview that last week’s Russian shelling damaged three lines connecting the Zaporizhzhya plant to the Ukrainian grid and that Russia wanted to connect the facility to its grid.

  • RussiaAccording to Wednesday’s daily military briefing, they shot down three Ukrainian aircraft and destroyed anti-aircraft systems supplied by Germany.

  • A Russian airbase deep behind the frontline in Crimea has been damaged by several large explosions that took place on Tuesday, killing at least one person.. It was not immediately clear whether the target was a Ukrainian long-range missile. Crimea’s regional health ministry has said another 13 people were injured as a result of explosions at Novofedorivka airport. Ukrainian army claims to have destroyed nine Russian planes in the past 24 hours. It has not specified the locations. The Russian military has said that “several aviation munitions have been detonated” in a storage room near the facility.

  • In his late-night speech, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy did not discuss who was behind the attacks, but promised to “liberate” Crimea., saying: “This Russian war against Ukraine and against all of free Europe started with Crimea and must end with Crimea – with its liberation.” An adviser to the president, Mikhail Podolyak, said Ukraine took no responsibility for the explosions, suggesting partisans may have been involved.

  • Vitaliy Kimgovernor of Mykolaiv, said three people, including a 13-year-old girl, were injured in the city of Mykolaiv as a result of shelling around 1.40 am on Wednesday morning. He said residential buildings were damaged as a result of shelling.

  • Estonia and Finland leaders want other European countries to stop issuing tourist visas to Russian citizens, who say they can’t take a holiday in Europe while the Russian government is waging a war in Ukraine. Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas wrote on Twitter on Tuesday that “visiting Europe is a privilege, not a human right” and that it was “time to end tourism from Russia now,” the Associated Press reported.

  • Denmark will send military instructors to Britain to train Ukrainian soldiers and also aims to train Ukrainian officers in Denmark, the Danish defense minister said in an interview with Jyllands-Posten newspaper published on Wednesday.

  • The US State Department has approved $89 million in aid to help Ukraine equip and train 100 teams to clear landmines and unexploded ordnance for a year, Reuters reported.

  • US President Joe Biden signed documents on Tuesday approving Finland and Sweden’s accession to NATOthe most significant expansion of the military alliance since the 1990s in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Reuters reports.

  • The total number of grain ships leaving Ukrainian ports under a UN brokered deal to alleviate the global food crisis has now reached 12with the last two ships departing Tuesday for Istanbul and Turkey.

  • Russia’s Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad grapples with EU-imposed quotas for sanctioned goods that it can import from all over Lithuania from mainland Russia or Belarus, the governor of the region admitted. Lithuania infuriated Moscow in June by banning land transit of goods such as concrete and steel to Kaliningrad after EU sanctions came into effect, Reuters reported.

  • Russia has launched an Iranian satellite from Kazakhstan over fears it could be used for battlefield surveillance in the Moscow invasion of Moscow. Iran has denied that the Khayyam satellite, which was orbited aboard a Soyuz rocket launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome, would ever be under Russian control. But the Washington Post previously reported that Moscow told Tehran it “plans to use the satellite for several months or more to improve surveillance of military targets in Ukraine,” two US officials said.

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