War in Ukraine: what to remember on the 167th day of the Russian invasion
“Several munitions intended for aviation exploded in a depot located on the territory of the Saki military airfield, near the locality of Novofiodorovka,” the Russian military said in a statement. Explosions have killed one person and injured several others at an ammunition depot at a military airfield in Crimea. The Russian army claimed that no shooting or bombing had been the cause of these explosions, first reported by the authorities of this peninsula unilaterally attached to Russia in 2014 and on the front line in the Russian offensive against Ukraine launched on February 24.
The main information :
– Explosions at an ammunition depot in Crimea killed one of the injured
– Russian gas supplies to several European countries interrupted
– Two new ships loaded with grain have left Ukraine
– Russia launched an Iranian observation satellite, Tehran refutes
Videos posted on social media showed a fireball forming after a strong explosion, while thick billows of black smoke rose into the sky and holidaymakers left the nearby beach in panic. The leader of Crimea, Sergei Aksionov, reported one person killed in these explosions, and his Minister of Health, Konstantin Skorupsky, five injured, including a child.
“Tourists are not in danger. We ask you to keep calm,” said a Russian deputy elected in this peninsula, Alexei Cherniak. Because, despite the conflict, Crimea has remained an important holiday destination for many Russians who continue to enjoy the summer on its shores.
Russian gas supplies to EU member states stopped
At the same time, deliveries of Russian oil through Ukrainian territory to Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, member states of the European Union without access to the sea, were interrupted on August 4, the Russian company responsible for the transport of hydrocarbons announced on Tuesday.
Transneft explained that the payment for the transit fee by Ukraine for the month of August, made on July 22, was refused on July 28 because of the entry into force of certain sanctions against Russia. These are supplies via a branch of the Druzhba oil pipeline crossing Ukraine and serving the three countries concerned. Deliveries to Poland and Germany, through Belarus, on the other hand, “continue” “normally,” Transneft assured.
Gradual EU embargo on Russian gas
The EU has been working since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine to reduce its energy dependence on Russia, which it accuses of using its hydrocarbon supplies as a “weapon of war”, and opted in June for a gradual embargo on Russian oil. In particular, it is planned to stop crude imports by ship within six months, however, the Russians have sharply reduced their gas shipments to Europe in recent weeks.
On the other hand, the supply through the Druzhba oil pipeline was allowed to be extended “temporarily”, without a deadline. A concession obtained by the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who cultivates his relations with Vladimir Putin and whose country depends for 65% of its consumption on this cheap Russian oil.
Two new ships loaded with grain leave Ukraine
At the same time, the regular rotations by the Black Sea to supply world agricultural markets started last week, under an agreement signed on July 22 by the belligerents, continued with the departure on Tuesday of two ships loaded with 70,000 tons of grain from the Ukrainian port of Chornomorsk.
In Ukraine’s embattled eastern region of Donetsk, more than 3,000 civilians, including 600 children, have been evacuated since the authorities made these evacuations mandatory at the end of July, Kiev said. There is now only “a population of 350,000 people, including 50,000 children”, about 1.3 million having left in total following the outbreak of the war.
An Iranian observation satellite launched by Russia
Russia launched on Tuesday, from Kazakhstan, an Iranian observation satellite which, according to the American press, could be used by Moscow to support its offensive in Ukraine, which Tehran denies. The Khayyam remote sensing satellite was launched by a Soyuz rocket, from the Russian Baikonur cosmodrome at 5:52 GMT, according to images broadcast live by the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos.
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