Explosions rocked an ammunition depot in Crimea, severely disrupting rail services, reports Reuters. Moscow’s top representative in the region, Sergei Aksyonov, said two people were injured, train traffic was halted and around 2,000 people were evacuated from a village near the military depot – but he said avoided talking about a cause. Ukraine hinted at involvement but did not explicitly claim responsibility. It comes after another reported explosion at a substation in Crimea.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigusaid Russia does not need to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine. During a speech at the Moscow conference on international security, he alleged that Ukrainian military operations were planned by the United States and Britain, and that NATO had increased its deployment of troops in Eastern Europe and central “several times”, reports Reuters. Shoigu added that the Aukus bloc of Australia, the UK and the US had the potential to develop into “a political-military alliance”.
Russia’s Black Sea Fleet struggles to exercise effective maritime control, with patrols generally limited to waters within sight of the Crimean coast, according to the latest British intelligence report. The Black Sea Fleet continues to use long-range cruise missiles to support land offensives but maintains a defensive stance, Britain’s Ministry of Defense said in its daily intelligence bulletin.
Vladimir Putin said Western countries were seeking to expand a “NATO-like system” in the Asia-Pacific region, Reuters reports. Delivering the welcome speech at the Moscow conference on international security, Putin said the United States was trying to “prolong” the conflict in Ukraine. He said the visit to Taiwan this month by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi was “a carefully planned provocation”.
Ukraine received six more M109 howitzers from Latvia, its defense minister, Oleksii Reznikov, announced.
Ukrainian and Russian officials reported shelling near Russia’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, on Monday, with both sides blaming each other. A Russian-installed regional official said 25 heavy artillery rounds from US-made M777 howitzers hit near the factory and residential areas. Ukraine said it was Russian forces that bombed the town in an attempt to make it look like Ukraine was attacking it.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, called for action at plant, saying that the world should not “lose to terrorism” or “give in to nuclear blackmail”. “If now the world does not show strength and determination to defend a nuclear power plant, it will mean that the world has lost,” he said in his evening speech. “If Russia’s actions cause a catastrophe, the consequences can also hit those who remain silent until now.”
Russian Defense Minister and UN chief António Guterres discussed the security situation at the plant by phone on Monday, the Russian Defense Ministry said. Russia earlier said it would facilitate an IAEA mission to the plant amid warnings from the UN nuclear agency of a nuclear disaster unless the fighting stopped.
However, a senior Russian diplomat said such an IAEA mission could not pass through the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, and through the front line because it was too dangerous., according to Russian news agencies. The UN claims to have the logistical and security capacity to support an expert visit.
Five Europeans stand trial for mercenary in separatist-controlled Donetsk. Mathias Gustafsson of Sweden, Vjekoslav Prebeg of Croatia and Britons John Harding, Andrew Hill and Dylan Healy have all pleaded not guilty to charges of being mercenaries and ‘training to take power by force’, according to media reports. Russians. They could face the death penalty under the laws of the self-proclaimed and unrecognized Donetsk People’s Republic.
Three civilians were killed and two injured by an explosive device as they swam in the Black Sea in the Odessa region of southern Ukraine, local police said. People working at a construction site allegedly ignored barriers and warning signs on a beach in the Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi district and bathed in the sea. Three men aged 25, 32 and 53 were killed and a another man and a woman were injured, police said.
British army trains 10,000 Ukrainian troops in marksmanship, battlefield first aid and urban warfare. British trainers aim to turn raw recruits into combat-ready soldiers within weeks. The first batch arrived last month and has already been sent back to replenish depleted Ukrainian units. Canada, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the Nordic countries also offer training.
Moscow-appointed administration in Ukraine’s Kherson region plans to hold referendum September 11, according to Kremlin sources. Referendums are also planned in three other Ukrainian regions – Donetsk, Luhansk and Zaporizhzhia – where Moscow aims to annex the territories and declare them a new region of Russia.
The Ukrainian parliament has martial law extended for another three months.