Russia and Ukraine made statements on Wednesday regarding the conditions under which they would sign a ceasefire agreement. While the Kremlin has announced it is ready to negotiate with Kiev, but on its own terms, Ukraine says any peace deal depends on a ceasefire and the withdrawal of Russian troops. President Volodymyr Zelensky said, in an interview published Thursday in the South China Morning Post, that he wants to speak directly with Chinese leader Xi Jinping to end the war.
Nikopol, bombarded with 60 Grad rockets
The head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional Military Administration, Valentin Reznichenko, reported on Thursday on Telegram that Russian troops bombed the Nikopol and Krivorizki districts of the Dnipropetrovsk region, in the city of Nikopol, damaging dozens of houses.
“A tense night with alarms and bombings. Two districts of the region – Nikopol and Kryvorizky – were attacked by the enemy. Russian troops bombarded Nikopol twice. 60 Grad shells hit residential neighborhoods. No injuries were reported,” said Valentin Reznichenko.
“One house was destroyed, nearly 50 others were damaged and numerous commercial premises were affected. Two private courtyards caught fire. The rescuers put out the flames,” Valentin Reznichenko informed.
Zelenski wants “direct talks” with the president of China to end the war with Russia
Ukraine is looking for an opportunity to speak directly with Chinese leader Xi Jinping to help end its war with Russia, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in an interview published Thursday in the South China Morning Post, Reuters reports, quoted by Agerpres.
Zelenskiy urged China to use its huge political and economic influence over Russia to end the fighting.
“It is a very strong state. It’s a strong economy. So it can politically and economically influence Russia. And China is (also) a permanent member of the UN Security Council,” Zelenskiy said.
More than 10 million Ukrainians have left their country since the war with Russia began
The UN has announced that more than 10 million people have left Ukraine since the start of the war on February 24 until Tuesday, August 2, according to the UN. At the same time, 4,272,233 people entered Ukraine during the same period.
At the same time, 4,272,233 people entered Ukraine during the same period.
— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) August 3, 2022
The UN is preparing a mission to establish the truth about the attack on the prison in Ukraine
The Secretary General of the UN, Antonio Guterres, announced on Wednesday that this organization is preparing an investigative mission to find out the “truth” about the explosions produced last week in the Olenivka prison in the area controlled by Russian troops in eastern Ukraine, where dozens of Ukrainian prisoners of war were killed, according to CNN.
The UN is thus responding to a request addressed to it by both camps, which blame each other for the attack on that prison, as a result of which at least 50 Ukrainian prisoners of war were killed and at least 70 others were injured, among them and members of the Azov battalion who surrendered at Mariupol.
While Russia claims that the attack on the prison was carried out with a HIMARS multiple rocket launcher in the equipment of the Ukrainian army, which received such weapons from the US, Ukraine claims that the prison was attacked by mercenaries of the private Russian company Wagner.
“The basic terms of this fact-finding mission are being prepared,” Guterres said, expressing his hope that he would be able to reach an agreement on these terms between Ukraine and Russia.
“We hope to obtain all the access facilities from the two sides and obtain the necessary data to establish the truth about what happened”, explained the UN Secretary General, stating that this organization is now looking for the appropriate, “independent and competent” persons. , which will be part of the mission.
Russia says that because of sanctions it is “impossible” for it to take over the turbine for the Nord Stream gas pipeline
The return to Russia of a turbine considered essential to the operation of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline, which supplies Europe with Russian gas, is “impossible” due to sanctions against Moscow, the Russian company Gazprom claimed on Wednesday, according to CNN.
“The sanctions regime in Canada, the EU and the United Kingdom, as well as the inconsistencies of the current situation regarding Siemens’ contractual obligations make it impossible to deliver” the turbine, Gazprom said in a statement.
This statement risks increasing the concern of European countries, which notice that Russia is actually looking for pretexts to delay the takeover of this turbine, the lack of which is one of the reasons cited by Moscow for reducing gas supplies through Nord Stream 1, a pipeline that has been operating for a week at only 20% of capacity.
The said turbine had been sent by the German company Siemens Energy for repairs in Canada, but this country refused to return it to Russia, invoking in turn the sanctions against Moscow. Meanwhile, the turbine was sent to Germany, but Moscow argued that it should have been shipped directly to Russia and accused Siemens of breaching the contract.
In just one day, Russia launched nearly $100 million worth of cruise missiles into Ukraine (Ukrainian press)
Eight missiles of the Kh-101 (Kh-555) type, launched by Russia on Ukraine on Tuesday cost almost 100 million dollars, reports Ukrainska Pravda on Wednesday, citing a statement made by the spokesman of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Oleg Nikolenko , according to Agerpres.
“Putin is condemning Russia to poverty with his criminal war instead of investing in his country’s future. Isn’t it time for the Russians to stop marching around with portraits of their corrupt leader and start asking themselves questions?”, asks the representative of Ukrainian diplomacy, arguing his statement with a calculation made by the Ukrainian edition of Forbes magazine only for the cruise missiles that Russia launched on Ukraine on Tuesday evening.
Thus, according to Forbes.ua calculations, the cost of a Kh-101 cruise missile is 13 million dollars; that of a Kalibr cruise missile – $6.5 million; an Iskander missile costs $3 million; a supersonic Onyx missile costs $1.25 million, the cost of a Kh-22 missile is $1 million; and a Tocika-U tactical missile costs $0.3 million.
It follows, according to Forbes.ua, that on Tuesday alone, Russian forces launched cruise missiles worth 91 million dollars over Ukraine.
Zelensky: Ukraine’s economy “is in a coma”, the first ship with grain for export means “nothing”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy drew attention on Wednesday that the first shipment of Ukrainian grain destined for export after the agreement that allowed the lifting of the Russian blockade in the Black Sea has only a symbolic value and that Ukraine must export much more to help its economy severely affected by the war with Russia, according to Agerpres.
“A little while ago, thanks to the UN and in partnership with Turkey, we sent the first ship with grain, but still this means nothing. But we hope it’s a trend that will continue,” Zelenskiy said in a speech via video link to students in Australia.
The Ukrainian president thus referred to the agreement agreed by his country with Russia, following the mediation of Turkey and the UN, which allowed the resumption of grain exports through Ukrainian ports on the Black Sea, stopped following the blockade imposed by Russia after the launch of its military aggression against Ukraine. Following this agreement, a first ship, loaded with 26,000 tons of grain, left the port of Odesa on Monday.
“War … almost kills the economy. She is in a coma. The Russian blockade on the ports is a big loss for our economy”, noted the Ukrainian president.
Ukraine’s conditions for a peace agreement with Russia
Ukraine has said that any negotiated peace deal with Moscow depends on a ceasefire and the withdrawal of Russian troops.
The statements were made by the adviser to the Ukrainian president, Mihailo Podoliak, shortly after the former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said, after a meeting with Vladimir Putin, that Russia wants to end the war at the negotiating table and that there is a possibility to reach, slowly -slowly, when the fire ceases.
Moscow is raising the terror level with one hand, and inviting to surrender with the other. Shredder — a well-known herald of the Empire and a voice at the Russian tsar’s court. If Moscow wants dialogue, it is up to them. First, a cease-fire and troops withdrawal, then – constructive. pic.twitter.com/uo8SphEJlv
— Михайло Подоляк (@Podolyak_M) August 3, 2022
Podoliak called Schroeder “the voice of the Russian royal court” in a tweet.
The Kremlin announced on Wednesday that it is ready to negotiate with Kiev, but on its own terms. “Let them withdraw their troops, then we’ll talk,” says Zelenskiy’s aide.
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