‘Putin is heading for a very big defeat’ – EU agrees on new sanctions package

Kazakhstan refuses to expel Ukrainian diplomat

The Kazakh authorities refused to expel the Ukrainian ambassador from the country. Moscow requested it because the ambassador made statements about the killing of the Russians, Al Jazeera wrote

In response to the decision of Kazakhstan, the ambassador of Kazakhstan to Russia was recalled. The RIA news agency quoted the Russian Defense Ministry as saying that the residence of the Ukrainian ambassador was “totally unacceptable”. Moscow wants to take measures “to expel this hateful nationalist as soon as possible.”

Relations between Russia and the allies of the former Soviet Union have been tense since the war in Ukraine.

Refugee journalist Ovsyannikova: Putin on an ankle bracelet

Russian activist journalist Marina Ovsyannikova made herself heard in a video message. She considers herself innocent, and believes that it should not be banned, but Putin from society. Ovshannikova has been under house arrest for several protests against the Kremlin. She strongly opposes the war against Ukraine. She fled with her 11-year-old daughter. Where you are currently residing is unknown.

Ovshannikova. Putin on this anklet

Putin is heading for a big defeat

According to many experts, the war in Ukraine is likely to lead to a major defeat for President Putin. He illegally annexed four Ukrainian regions and declared mobilization, but suffered heavy losses on the battlefield.

Eastern Europe expert Bob Dean says that the deterrent effect that Putin intended for annexation had little effect news hour. “Ukraine immediately showed: we don’t care about that. And often the untrained and mobile boys, they are of little use at the front.”

Are there conceivable scenarios in which Russia responds? Winter may provide an opportunity for Putin, but a clear victory seems elusive, experts say. Perhaps the only trump card Putin has left is time. “Ukraine also does not have unlimited resources,” says Professor of War Studies Frans Osinga (Leiden University). Russia hopes that at some point the Western unit will disintegrate and arms supplies will stop.

The current situation on the battlefield:

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Ukrainian children have not yet returned to “vacation” in Russia

Children from eastern Ukraine who “go on vacation” to Russia this summer have not returned home. This is what the parents of these children say. The villages they came from have been retaken in recent weeks. Earlier there were also reports of parents who did not return from Russia.

Ukrainian children stuck in Russian summer camps

Agreement on a new package of EU sanctions against Russia

The European Union has approved the eighth package of sanctions against Russia. An expected part of this is the Russian oil price ceiling. In addition, there are likely to be restrictions on the export of aircraft parts to Russia and restrictions on the import of Russian steel.

Tomorrow will be announced what exactly is in the package of sanctions.

The representative of the Czech Republic in the European Union took the news on Twitter:

Sanctions are intended to punish Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. They make sure that Russia gets less money from Europe, which makes it more difficult to finance the war. The new sanctions were imposed due to the illegal annexation of four Ukrainian regions.

The Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant continues to operate under Russian supervision

The Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant continues to operate under Russian supervision. This was reported by the state news agency RIA on the basis of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The statement came in the wake of the illegal annexation of Zaporizhzhya last weekend.

Another official Russian news agency, TASS, reported that the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, will visit Moscow in the coming days. Came to discuss the situation at the nuclear power plant.

The nuclear power plant has been the subject of debate for some time. Since the beginning of March, the complex has been occupied by the Russians, but it is managed by Ukrainian staff. Fighting is raging around the site, and there are fears of a nuclear disaster. Russia and Ukraine accuse each other of bombing the nuclear power plant.

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Europe’s largest nuclear power plant with a Russian military truck, in Zaporizhia

In pictures: Ukrainian soldiers on the front line in Bashmoet

The armed forces of Ukraine and Russia are fighting with each other over the eastern city of Bashmoet. Reuters met pictures of Ukrainian soldiers who regained occupied lands near the city.

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    Ukrainian soldier in combat
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    A Ukrainian soldier shows the Russian weapons he took
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    Armed forces personnel loading ammunition into a tank

Russian TV journalist escapes house arrest

44-year-old Russian TV journalist Marina Ovsianikova escaped house arrest. She confirmed this in a message on the online messaging service Telegram. Ovshannikova had to stay indoors because she criticized the war in Ukraine several times. The Russian state accuses her of spreading false news, and she also received several fines for it.

“I consider myself absolutely innocent, and since our state refuses to follow its own laws, I refuse to abide by the judgment imposed on me on September 30,” she wrote. She fled with her 11-year-old daughter, and their current whereabouts are unknown.

The journalist was placed under house arrest for two months. The move came after Ovshannikova raised a poster during a protest in the Kremlin, saying that Putin fought and his soldiers were fascists. She also stood in front of the cameras during a news broadcast with the text “Stop the war” and “They are lying to you”, which attracted a lot of attention at the international level.

According to her lawyer, Ovsyannikova was scheduled to appear in court today in Moscow, but she did not appear. If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison.

Direct protest of the journalist:

Protest against war during Russian TV news broadcast on state channel

There are no indications that Russia is preparing to use nuclear weapons

According to the United States, Russia is not preparing to use nuclear weapons in the war with Ukraine, despite Russian warnings that it will rely on its entire arsenal if necessary.

“We take nuclear weapons or nuclear threats very seriously. But I would say that we have not seen any reason to change our nuclear posture, and we have no indication that Russia is preparing to use nuclear weapons soon,” the press secretary said. from the White House.

While declaring the Russians mobilized to the front, Putin alluded to the use of nuclear weapons. He did the same at the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine. The United States has told the Kremlin what kind of backlash it can expect with the use of nuclear weapons. It is not known exactly what message was transmitted. Experts say that there will not necessarily be a nuclear response, but the Russian Black Sea Fleet can, for example, disable it.

In April of this year, Russia reportedly tested a ballistic missile, which the US says can carry more than a dozen nuclear warheads:

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Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile

Putin signs illegal annexation, EU comes with new sanctions package

President Putin signed the illegal annexation of the four Ukrainian regions of Donetsk, Kherson, Lugansk and Zaporizhzhya. According to him, about 15 percent of the Ukrainian area is now part of Russia. The annexations were announced after mock referendums in the regions that would show that a large part of the population wanted to belong to Russia.

In response to the annexation, the European Union is today in talks on the eighth package of sanctions against Russia. Part of this is the Russian oil price ceiling. The EU’s foreign affairs representative, Josep Borrell, says member states are likely to reach a final agreement today. It is expected that later in the day what is included in the package of sanctions, which are aimed at further harming Russia financially.

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Ukraine’s Kherson progress stopped

According to a government official installed by Russia from the annexed Kherson region, the Ukrainian advance in the southern region was halted. He told the Russian state news agency TASS.

In recent days, the Ukrainian armed forces have made rapid progress in the southern region of the country. It is said that the army liberated tens of kilometers along the western bank of the Dnieper. The Ukrainian and Russian sides confirmed the restoration of several places.

The Russians’ claim that the Ukrainian advance was halted has not been verified.

‘The ceiling of Russian oil prices does not apply to us’

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said that new EU agreements on Russian price ceilings will not apply to oil transported through pipelines. Hungary is largely dependent on oil and gas from Russia, which enters the country through pipelines.

The European Union has been debating in recent days to punish Russia for its invasion of Ukraine with its eighth package of sanctions. Yesterday, the Financial Times reported that member states have walked out. Part of the agreements is the ceiling of Russian oil prices. The new measure should reduce the Kremlin’s income.

Hungary has repeatedly spoken out against sanctions against Russia. At the insistence of the government, the European Union’s boycott of Russian oil has already been exempted. This now applies only to oil transported by ship, not oil that enters through pipelines.

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