The essentials in brief:
- Russia reports drone attack on capital Moscow
- Grain hall destroyed in Russian attack on Odessa region
- Zelenskyj: “I thank everyone who is with Odessa”
- UNESCO chief “deeply dismayed” by attacks
- Many skirmishes at Donetsk and Kupyansk
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the Russian capital Moscow was the target of a Ukrainian drone attack on Monday night. The defense ministry said on Telegram that the air defense systems had thwarted the attack, and two Ukrainian drones had been intercepted and destroyed. It described the incident as a “terrorist attack”. There were no injuries. Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said two uninhabited buildings were hit. But there was no “serious destruction”. There was no confirmation of this from Kiev.
State news agencies report that drone fragments have been found on Komsomolski Avenue, about two kilometers from the Ministry of Defense. A business center was damaged on Likhachev Avenue in southern Moscow. Both streets were closed. The Department of Defense TV station released a short video showing a damaged skyscraper with missing windows on the upper floors. Other Russian Telegram channels linked to Russian security forces showed footage of glass and concrete debris on Komsomolsky Avenue.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, drones had already been shot down over the Moscow area in early July. At the time, the Ministry of Defense blamed Ukraine for the attack. There were also drone attacks on the capital Moscow in May. According to the authorities, houses were damaged and people were injured in an attack at the end of May. Attacks have also been increasing in Russia for weeks – mostly in the immediate border region with Ukraine. Ukraine almost never claims attacks within Russia or on Russian-held territory in Ukraine.
Drones hit ammunition depot in Crimea
Russia reports another Ukrainian airstrike on the annexed peninsula of Crimea. An ammunition depot in the city of Dschankoi was hit, said the governor, Sergei Axjonov, appointed by Russia. A residential building in the area was also damaged. The air defense intercepted eleven drones. It is unclear whether the ammunition dump was hit directly by a drone or by falling debris. There is a Russian air force base near Dschankoi. According to Ukrainian data, the area has become the largest Russian military base in Crimea. Only on Saturday did Russia report a Ukrainian drone attack on Crimea.
Grain hall destroyed in Russian attack on Odessa region
A grain warehouse was destroyed by a Russian drone attack on the port infrastructure in the Ukrainian region of Odessa. In addition, storage tanks were damaged on Monday night, as the Ukrainian army announced on Telegram. Four workers are said to have been injured. The air defense was able to shoot down three Iranian-type Shahed-136 drones. Since the agreement on exporting Ukrainian grain from Black Sea ports expired last Monday, Russia has repeatedly attacked the port cities of Odessa and Mykolaiv, according to Ukrainian sources. The Ukrainian authorities only reported an attack on Odessa on Sunday night.
President Selenskyj thanks for your sympathy
After the Russian attacks on the port city of Odessa, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed words of gratitude to his own people and international allies. “I thank everyone who is in Odessa,” said Zelenskyj in his video speech every evening, recognizing the achievements of the volunteer rescuers, doctors and local authorities in the city in the south of the country. “It’s very important to help each other and our city!” he added.
Zelenskyj also found words of praise for NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the quick reaction of the new NATO-Ukraine Council on Sunday evening. At the request of Ukraine, Stoltenberg called a meeting of the new council for Wednesday. This new structure for cooperation between NATO and Ukraine was established at the recent NATO summit in Vilnius.
Odessa under fire again
Russia had again massively attacked the Ukrainian city of Odessa on the Black Sea at the weekend. According to Ukrainian sources, at least one person was killed on Sunday night and more than 20 others were injured. The old town, classified as a World Heritage Site, and the Orthodox Transfiguration Cathedral were also hit.
The attack sparked numerous international reactions. The EU condemned the attacks on the port city, through which grain was until recently exported, as a war crime. Pope Francis included Odessa in a prayer for peace. Representatives of the USA, Great Britain, Italy and France also expressed their condolences. “It is heartbreaking to follow the scenes of destruction in Odessa,” tweeted Moldova’s President Maia Sandu.
UNESCO chief “deeply dismayed”
UNESCO also sharply condemned the Russian air raid on the Ukrainian port city of Odessa, which also hit the old town, which is a World Heritage Site. In a statement published in Paris, the UN cultural organization was “deeply dismayed” by the shelling that hit “several cultural sites”. UNESCO head Audrey Azoulay described the attack as an “escalation of violence against (the) cultural heritage of Ukraine”.
Battles near Donetsk and Kupyansk
According to the general staff, the Ukrainian army encountered heavy Russian resistance in the east of the country during its counteroffensive. The general staff’s nightly situation report spoke of ongoing Russian attacks between Donetsk in the east and Kupyansk in the north-eastern region of Kharkiv.
According to this, 27 battles took place over the past 24 hours along a front length of around 230 kilometers. The Russian side used more artillery and air force, it said. More than 60 towns in the front section are said to have come under Russian rocket and artillery fire.
Russia has been waging a war of aggression against the neighboring country for almost 17 months. A Ukrainian counter-offensive is currently underway.
Russia can supply grain, says Putin
Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin again commented on the grain agreement he had terminated. The continuation of the “grains agreement – which did not justify its humanitarian purpose – has lost its meaning,” Putin is quoted as saying on the Kremlin’s website. To alleviate the global food crisis, Putin declares that “our country is able to replace Ukrainian grain both commercially and free of charge, especially as we expect a bumper harvest this year as well”.
Russia will continue to work to organize the supply of grain, food, fertilizer and other goods to Africa. “We value the full breadth of economic ties with Africa and will continue to develop them dynamically.”
haz/wa/kle/as (dpa, rtr, afp)
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