Update the situation at 1 pm.
• Gazprom puts pressure on its European customers. The Russian gas company cut gas supplies to Italy’s Eni and Austria’s OMV on Monday, ahead of maintenance work on two gas pipelines.
• Relief services are still mobilized in an effort to find survivors in Chasiv Yar. The city in eastern Ukraine was targeted by Russian fire on Sunday. According to the last count by local emergency services, 19 people died in the attack.
• Russia and Belarus threaten Lithuania. Both countries are burning with measures taken by Vilnius to block the flow of goods across the Russian border in Kaliningrad.
• Ukraine builds a million-strong army to retake southern regions. The order comes directly from Volodymyr Zelensky, who wants to see the Black Sea fringes vital to the country’s economy back in his lap.
Ukraine is building a million-strong army to retake southern regions
In an interview with a British newspaper The TimesUkrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said the country was building a million-strong army equipped with Western weapons to recapture occupied southern territories.
Volodymyr Zelensky, the man behind the initiative, said the Ukrainian territories along the Black Sea were vital to the country’s economy.
“This is necessary for the country. The president ordered the military command to set strategies. Then, the staff did their homework and listed the necessary requirements to achieve this objective”, underlined Oleksiy Reznikov.
Kaliningrad enclave: Moscow and Minsk discuss joint retaliatory measures against Lithuania
The Kremlin said on Monday that the Russian and Belarusian presidents were working on “joint measures” in response to Lithuania’s ban on shipping certain goods to the Russian territory of Kaliningrad.
Landlocked between Poland and Lithuania, Kaliningrad is serviced by rail from mainland Russia. In the application of European sanctions decided in response to the Russian offensive against Ukraine, Vilnius has not authorized the passage of certain goods into its territory since the second half of June.
During a telephone conversation, Presidents Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko “stressed the situation due to the illegal sanctions introduced by Lithuania (…) and discussed possible joint measures in this context,” the Kremlin indicated in a statement.
Gazprom also cuts gas supplies to Austrian group OMV
Russian company Gazprom, which has begun maintenance work on two Nord Stream 1 gas pipelines, has again sharply cut its gas supply to Austrian group OMV, it was announced on Monday.
“Gazprom has been informed of a decrease in OMV gas supply, which today translates into a 70% drop in volumes arriving at the Baumgarten terminal”, one of the main distribution hubs in Central Europe, the company said in a statement. AFP.
The governor of Luhansk assures that a small part of the region still resists the Russian invader
Serguiï Gaïdaï, the governor of Luhansk Oblast, noted that a small part of this territory, located in eastern Ukraine, still resisted the Russian invader, although he declared it fully occupied after the capture of Severodonetsk.
He accused the Russians of using the new recruits as “cannon fodder” and denounced the Russians’ inability to meet the needs of the occupied population.
The EU is strengthening its cooperation with Moldova, concerned about the development of arms smuggling from Ukraine.
The European Union strengthened its cooperation with Moldova on Monday to help control its border with Ukraine and curb the risk of arms smuggling from the country in a war it worries is diverting Western-supplied military equipment.
European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson announced the creation of a “Support Center for Internal Security and Border Management in Moldova”.
“We have some signs” in traffic, Ylva Johansson announced. “We know how many weapons there are in Ukraine, and of course not all of them are always in good hands,” he added, without elaborating.
The death toll in Chasiv Yar has risen to 19
Ukrainian emergency services said Monday that the death toll rose to 19 in Chasiv Yar, eastern Ukraine, a town targeted by Russia’s deadly airstrikes on Sunday.
8 people trapped in the debris were rescued.
Kyiv reports at least 3 dead after new Russian attacks on Kharkiv on Monday
On that day His Telegram accountKyrillo Tymoshenko, an adviser to Volodymyr Zelensky, said a new salvo of Russian rockets struck the city of Kharkiv on Monday.
At least 28 people, including a 16-year-old boy, were injured. Three people died.
According to Kyiv, 37,400 Russian soldiers died in Ukraine
Based on data from the Ministry of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Kyiv Independent media revealed a new update on Russian losses in Ukraine on Monday.
According to this new count, 37,400 Russian soldiers have died in Ukraine since the “special operation” initiated by Vladimir Putin began.
From a logistical perspective, 1645 tanks would have been destroyed, 838 artillery systems or even 155 Russian cruise missiles disabled.
However, these data should be taken with extreme caution as they have not been independently verified. According to many international experts, the Russian death toll is higher but lower than Ukrainian estimates.
Gazprom further cuts gas supply to Italian Eni
Gazprom has cut its gas supply to Eni by an additional third, delivering about 21 million m3 on Monday, the Italian Hydrocarbons Group announced in a press release.
The average over the past few days has been around 32 million m3, notes Eni. Part of the gas delivered to Italy by the Russian company is carried by Nord Stream 1, which has been undergoing maintenance since Monday morning.
Russians accuse Kiev of an assassination attempt against the head of the occupied Melitopol region
According to the report of the Russian agency RIA Novosti, published GuardianRussia accused the Ukrainians of an assassination attempt against Andriy Siguta, the leader of the occupied Melitopol region, located on Ukrainian territory.
“There was an assassination attempt on the head of Melitopol administration Andriy Siguta. Fortunately, he was not injured and continues to work despite threats from the Ukrainian side. The details of this terrorist attack will be revealed later,” said an occupation official.
Zelensky accuses the Russians of deliberately targeting civilians
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has accused Moscow of deliberately targeting civilians after Russia’s attack on Chasiv Yar on Sunday killed at least 15 people.
“Those who give orders for such strikes, conduct them in ordinary cities, residential areas, and deliberately kill,” he said.
Before threatening presidents with harsh punishments similar to those used on the Nazis at the end of World War II.
“The punishment for all Russian murders is inevitable. For everyone. The same for the Nazis. And let them not imagine that their government will protect them,” he added.
Rescue workers were still mobilizing to find survivors after the Russian attack on Chasiv Yar
Ukrainian emergency services are still mobilized to find survivors after a Russian strike killed at least 15 people in the Chasiv Yar region of eastern Ukraine on Sunday.
At least 24 people may still be trapped in the rubble, Donetsk regional governor Pavlo Kyrilenko said. 6 people have already been rescued.
Chasiv Yar is located not far from the city of Kramatorsk, which is considered to be the next target of the Russians.
Wagner’s militia would recruit Russian prisoners in exchange for a reduced sentence
France info This morning, the Wagner Group, a Russian paramilitary group accused of multiple abuses at various bases where it is stationed, will accept Russian prisoners into its ranks in exchange for reduced sentences.
Nadeja’s boyfriend, who is serving an eight-and-a-half-year prison sentence for drug trafficking, gave an interview to France Info.
“My friend called me and confirmed the matter. Actually that’s all we talk about in the penal colony: we’re recruiting for the war! He tells me that a lot of the prisoners are still thinking about it.” Prisoners from this prison have already gone to war,” he said.
Prisoners who agree to fight will be sent to Donbass, the conflict-ridden eastern Ukrainian region.
British intelligence says Russian advance in Donbass continues but ‘without major territorial gain’
This Monday, the intelligence services of the British Ministry of Defense shared daily information on Twitter about the conflict in Ukraine. “Russian bombings in Donbas continue,” they note, “but perhaps without major territorial gains.”
The same observation on the Ukrainian side. Although Q’s soldiers continued to press the Russian defensive line, they were unable to break through the enemy positions.
But the British press is on point. Great fatigue faced by Moscow players. London cites the case of several wives of Russian soldiers whose husbands are said to have been on the frontlines since the start of the Russian operation in Ukraine.
“The lack of permits issued to soldiers in the context of intense combat is one of the most serious problems facing the Russian Defense Ministry from the point of view of its human resources,” the press release concluded on Monday.
Russian gas: Europe rocks where it doesn’t know
Germany, and with it Europe, entered a period of great uncertainty on Monday over the continuation of Russian gas imports, which have already been cut sharply in recent weeks and could soon dry up entirely.
Russian company Gazprom began maintenance work in the morning on two Nord Stream 1 gas pipelines that carry large volumes of its gas, which are still distributed to Germany and several countries in Western Europe. The shutdown was only a technical formality for the long-announced ten days of the two pipelines.
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