the Russian army is massing its forces to attack towards Kryvy Rih, in the south of the country, according to kyiv

the Russian army is massing its forces to attack towards Kryvy Rih, in the south of the country, according to kyiv

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The context

Cover image: A woman stands in front of destroyed buildings after Russian bombing in Mykolaiv, Ukraine, August 3, 2022. Kostiantyn Liberov / AP

  • The Southern Ukrainian Military Command described the situation on the ground as “tense” and admitted that Moscow has “began to gather attack forces in the direction of Kryvyi Rih”. This iron town, where Volodymyr Zelensky grew up, is about 50 kilometers from the front line in the south of the country.
  • The United Nations (UN) launched an investigation into the explosions at Olenivka prison which, on July 29, caused dozens of deaths. Ukraine and Russia have called for this investigation.
  • the US Senate approved, on Wednesday, a resolution approving the protocols for the participation of Finland and Sweden in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), after the historic decision of these two countries to give up their neutrality due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Of the 30 members of the Alliance, 23 have approved this decision.
  • The return to Russia of a Siemens turbine that is essential to the operation of the Nord Stream gas pipeline is “impossible” because of the sanctions, said Gazprom. For their part, the Europeans accused Moscow of looking for an excuse to delay the return of this turbine and further reduce its gas deliveries.
  • the Switzerlandwith many refineries to recycle and melt gold bars, instead prohibited “to buy, import or transport gold and gold products from Russia”.
  • Turkish, Russian and Ukrainian experts examined, on Wednesday, near Istanbul, the ship carrying the first cargo of grain exported to Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion. The cargo then continued its journey to Lebanon, entering the northern entrance of the Bosphorus in the early afternoon.

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