Nearly six months after the start of the war in Ukraine, with his military getting less than expected results, President Vladimir Putin hailed Russia’s armament on Monday, August 15. Its Minister of Defense spoke with the Secretary-General of the United Nations about the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, which was targeted by shooting.
For its part, Kyiv claimed to have carried out a raid on a base of the Wagner paramilitary group in eastern Ukraine and destroyed a bridge near the occupied city of Melitopol in the southeast.
In the east of the country, a Russian-backed separatist court in Donetsk has charged five foreigners captured in the fighting with Ukrainian forces with mercenary crimes, and announced that three of them face the death penalty, according to Russian media. Reuters.
In addition, signs of a split appeared in Oslo between the Nordic countries and Germany over the restriction of tourist visas granted to Russians.
Here’s what to remember on day 173 of the war in Ukraine.
Kremlin chief praises Russian weapons
Amid a military intervention in Ukraine where his forces have suffered setbacks, President Vladimir Putin praised Russian-made weapons to his foreign allies on Monday, stressing that they have proven themselves on the battlefield.
“We are ready to offer our allies and partners the latest types of weapons, from infantry weapons to armored vehicles, including artillery, combat aviation and drones”said the head of the Kremlin.
” all over the world, [ces armes] They are appreciated by professionals for their reliability, quality and, above all, their high efficiency. Almost all of them were repeatedly used in real combat conditions.He continued on the first day of the week-long international arms fair in Kubinka, in the Moscow region, where about 1,500 participants are expected.
Vladimir Putin confirmed that Russia did it ‘Many allies’with particular reference to Latin America, Asia and Africa. “These are countries that do not succumb to the so-called hegemony.”Saucepan.
It also offers foreign military training in Russia “Great prospects”He said, and also invite Participation of Moscow’s allies in joint military exercises with Russia.
However, so far, the war in Ukraine has not been a convincing show for the Russian arms industry. The forces of the Russian leader were repulsed in several places in Ukraine and made only slow progress, at the cost of heavy losses, in the east of the country.
Western military analysts believe that “Bad performance” Russian forces and weapons in Ukraine could make arms exports from Moscow less attractive to potential buyers.
Despite these difficulties, the director of the Russian Federal Agency for Arms Cooperation, Dmitry Shugaev, told the agency on Monday. RIA Novosti Russia signed $16 billion (15.7 billion euros) in new arms export contracts in 2022.
Between 2017 and 2021, Russia was the second largest arms exporter, with 19% of the global market, according to the Stockholm Institute (Sipri), figures that have been steadily declining in recent years, according to this source.
Negotiations between Russia and the United Nations to secure the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant
Russia and the United Nations on Monday talked by phone about improving the security of the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia, which is being targeted by bombing and raising fears of a nuclear disaster.
“Sergei Shoigu had telephone negotiations with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the conditions for the safe operation of the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia.”The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.
Russian forces occupied the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, in early March, at the beginning of their large-scale offensive on Ukraine, which began on February 24.
Since the end of July, several strikes, in which both sides accuse each other, have targeted the site, leading to an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council last Thursday.
Kyiv accuses Moscow of using the station as an attack base and as a warehouse for equipment. Ukraine, with the support of its Western allies, is calling for the demilitarization of the region and the withdrawal of troops from Moscow.
Ukraine claims to have destroyed the Wagner Group base
On Monday, Ukraine said it had bombed a base of the Wagner paramilitary group, whose men are accused of fighting alongside Russian forces, in the country’s east, and destroyed a bridge near the occupied town of Melitopol in the southeast.
According to the governor of the Luhansk region, the base of the Wagner group was in the city of Propasna “Destroyed by a precise blow”. Sergio Gaidai said on Telegram that the shooting took place on Sunday.
Very mysterious, the Wagner group is famous for being associated with the Russian oligarch Yevgeny Prigogine, who himself considers himself close to Vladimir Putin.
The Ukrainian authorities also claimed that saboteurs loyal to Kaif managed to blow up a railway bridge near the town of Melitopol (Zarubygia region, south), occupied by the Russian army, in a new attempt to disrupt the logistics of troops from Moscow.
“A lower railway bridge from the southwest of Melitopol means the complete absence of military trains from the Crimea”the peninsula annexed by Russia in 2014 and essential to the supply of the Russian army, announced on Telegram Melitopol Mayor Ivan Fedorov.
Ukraine has targeted several bridges in recent weeks, particularly in the occupied Kherson region (in the south), where Kyiv says it is launching a counter-offensive that has recaptured dozens of villages and is now threatening captured Russian forces. Crossed the Dnieper River.
Three killed in the Odessa region and the bombing of Kharkiv
In addition, three summer visitors were killed on Monday and two more were injured “unidentified explosive device”While bathing on a beach in Zatoka, a popular seaside resort in the Odessa region (south), the spokesman for the regional authorities, Sergey Brachuk, announced on Telegram.
In the morning, Russian bombing of Kharkiv (northeast), the country’s second city, killed at least one person and wounded six others, a senior local police officer, Sergoch Polvinov, said on Facebook.
Five foreigners accused of being mercenaries by a separatist court in Donetsk
A Russian-backed separatist court in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk on Monday accused five foreign nationals captured in fighting with Ukrainian forces of being mercenaries and said three of them were in danger. Reuters.
Briton John Harding, Croatian Vikoslav Prebig and Sweden’s Mathias Gustafsson, who were arrested in and around the port city of Mariupol, face the death penalty under the laws of the unilaterally proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, the report said. Russian news agency cup.
Two other Britons, Dylan Healy and Andrew Hill, have also been charged, but are not at risk of execution. All five defendants pleaded not guilty, according to reports cup. According to her, the judge said the trial would resume in early October.
Nordic countries and Germany split over Russian tourist visas
Nordic nations and Germany showed signs of division in Oslo on Monday over restrictions on tourist visas issued to Russians in response to the invasion of Ukraine.
“Ordinary Russians did not start the war, but at the same time we must understand that they support the war.”Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said after a meeting between the heads of the Nordic and German governments.
“It is unfair for Russian citizens to enter Europe, the Schengen area, to be tourists […] While Russia is killing people in Ukraine.”She said at a joint press conference.
The Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs presented a plan in early August to limit the issuance of tourist visas to Russians wishing to go to the country, and Helsinki would like to make a decision at the European level.
Since the ban on flights from Russia to the European Union, more and more Russian tourists are traveling to the Scandinavian country, which shares a long border with Russia, to cross to other European countries.
German Chancellor Olaf Schulz expressed reservations about such a measure.
It was an important decision on our part to impose sanctions on those responsible for the war […]pointed out. We will continue to do that, but I think it’s not the Russian people’s war, it’s Putin’s war. »
According to him, the restriction of tourist visas will also be punished All the people fleeing Russia because they disagree with the Russian system.
Sweden, with the voice of its Prime Minister Magdalena Andersen, indicated that it had not taken its position on this issue, while Denmark called for the preservation of European unity towards Moscow.