Ukraine and Russia: news of war today August 18

Ukraine and Russia: news of war today August 18

On the 177th day of the war in Ukraine, no peace negotiations loom. In Lviv, Turkish President Erdogan and Ukrainian President Zelensky met with United Nations Secretary-General Guterres, the first summit since the beginning of the Russian invasion. The strongman in Ankara stressed that “Turkey will continue to seek a political solution to end the conflict, and will always remain on the side of our Ukrainian friends.” But the Kyiv leader remains adamant: “There is no peace without the withdrawal of the Russians,” Zelensky commented. For the United Nations, “talks” to end the conflict are “far away.” In the meantime, all eyes are still on the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, amid the military clashes, and it was Erdogan who sounded the alarm: “We don’t want another catastrophe.” Meanwhile, methane gas closed at an all-time high in Amsterdam: €241 per megawatt-hour, +6% compared to yesterday.

Date – Yellow on the death of the anti-Putin businessman who criticized the war
background – Translated with pictures on social media: This is how the Tsar’s soldiers die

Updates hour by hour

9.21 – 44,700 Russian soldiers were killed in the war
Some 44,700 Russian soldiers have been killed in Ukraine since Russia launched its military offensive on Feb. 24. This is what the daily bulletin of the Ministry of Defense in Kyiv reads, according to which 400 soldiers sent from Moscow have died in the past 24 hours alone. On the other hand, 1,899 tanks were destroyed during the fighting and 1,016 artillery systems.

08:38 – Indonesia: Putin and Xi personally at the G20 summit in Bali
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend the G20 summit in Indonesia. This was announced by the Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, in an interview with Bloomberg. “Xi Jinping will come. Putin also told me he will be there,” the Indonesian president said. This is the first time that Widodo has confirmed the two presidents’ presence at the November summit. In recent months, Joe Biden has called for Russia to be expelled from the G-20 in response to its invasion of Ukraine. Several US administration officials pressured Widodo not to invite Putin to the summit.

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08.12 – CNN, Russian military vehicles in the center of Zaporizhia, with video
A new video circulating online shows Russian military vehicles parked inside a turbine hall connected to one of the reactors of the Ukrainian nuclear power plant Zaporizhia, which is occupied by Moscow forces and is receiving international attention due to fear of catastrophic accidents. : CNN wrote it, adding that it geolocated and authenticated the video.

06:21 – Russian Ambassador to the United States, the sanctions strategy has failed

The United States is so attached to the sanctions that it “does not see that the chosen strategy” against Russia “has failed.” This was stated by the Russian ambassador to Washington, Anatoly Antonov, TASS reported. “It is clear that attempts to strangle and tear our economy apart have failed,” he added. According to the ambassador, “all that the United States has achieved is to destabilize the global economy,” which is already struggling with “the repercussions of the pandemic.”

05:04 – Night attack on Mykolaiv, powerful explosions

During the night the Russians again attacked the city of Mykolaiv in southern Ukraine. That’s what Mayor Oleksandr Senkovic said, as reported by Ukrinform. The air strike warning went off shortly after 4:00 local time and explosions were heard soon after. Mykolaiv was also attacked yesterday, killing one person and wounding two.

04:15 – Russian embassy attacks and American lies about Zaporizhia

Regarding the status of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, “the United States does not despise lies in an unbridled attempt to discredit Russia.” This is what we read – as reported by TASS – in a note from the Russian Embassy in Washington. “According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – the document continues – Russia ignores the issue of nuclear safety, while the Russian military allegedly used violence against employees of nuclear power plants. No evidence was presented and the main culprit was ruled out for what is happening again.

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04:04 – United Nations: Destruction of Zaporizhia Power Plant would be “suicide”

The UN Secretary-General warned that any damage to the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant in Ukraine would be “suicide”. “We have to say things as they are: any possible damage to Zaporizhia would be suicide,” warned Antonio Guterres, again asking for the “disarmament” of the factory occupied by the Russian army. Speaking of “grave concern” about the situation at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, Guterres asked not to use “military operations whatsoever”. Guterres will continue his visit today to Odessa, an important Ukrainian port to resume grain exports halted by the war.

02:01 – US and Russia despise nuclear safety

The United States is “aware of reports that the Russian military has mistreated” workers at the Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia. This was stated by US State Department spokesman, Ned Price, denouncing Russia’s “reckless contempt for security and nuclear energy.” The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stressed the need to ensure access to the station as soon as possible for officials of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

23.17 – Medvedev spokesman: We will continue to explain to the Italians how things are.
Oleg Osipov, a spokesman for Dmitry Medvedev, contacted by RIA Novosti, said the deputy head of the Russian Security Council “will continue to explain to Italians and other unfortunate Europeans who suffer under the yoke of their governments how things really are.” Referring to a telegram sent by the former Russian president urging European citizens to “punish” European governments for their “stupidity” using the “powerful lever” of opinion polls. Finally, Osipov added that “United Russia”, the political formation of Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin, “is ready to work with the people and build a dialogue between the parties.”

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23.17 – Vilorossi: Kyiv raid on Energodar near the city center Zaporizhia
“Ukrainian forces were going to bombard the city of Energodar, near the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant.” This was stated by Vladimir Rogov, the pro-Russian representative of the administration of the region. The attack was supposed to begin at 22.50 local time.

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