“Mandatory evacuation from the Donetsk region has begun. The first train arrived in Kropyvnytsky this morning.” Thus the Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the reintegration of temporarily occupied territories, Iryna Vereshchuk, on his Telegram channel. “We evacuated women, children and the elderly, there were many people with reduced mobility. Everyone was welcomed, everyone was helped,” explained the Deputy Prime Minister. According to the Ukrainian News Agency between 200,000 and 220,000 residents will have to be evacuated in the coming days.
And precisely in an attack by Russian forces in Donetsk, three civilians died in western Ukraine and three others were injured yesterday. This was announced on Telegram by the head of the regional military administration, Pavlo Kyrylenko. “On August 1, the Russians killed three civilians in the Donetsk region: two in Maryinka and one in Soledar. Three more people were injured,” the message reads. Last night you also heard explosions in various districts of the city of Mykolaiv, informs Mayor Oleksandr Sienkevych. Another Russian bombing hit a minibus carrying people fleeing an occupied village near Dovhove in Kherson Oblast: three passengers died.
The EU Commissioner for Internal Affairs, Ylva Johansson, has arrived in Kiev for an official visit, the aim of which is to help assess the needs of people fleeing the war and those returning to Ukraine. 3.9 million Ukrainians have registered under the Temporary Protection Directive since the European Commission’s proposal was approved on 4 March. About 500,000 Ukrainian children have already been registered in European school systems. In view of the upcoming winter and the start of the new school year, Commissioner Johansson will discuss with the Ukrainian authorities the state of enrollment in the EU school system. “I’m here to see how to facilitate our support for ‘Ukrainians’ in the EU and Ukraine, including those returning home. Be assured that no matter what happens in the war, Ukrainians will always have a warm welcome to the EU”, she told the media.
A phone call this morning between NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. “Good conversation with President Zelensky on the priorities of military support. It is essential that NATO and the Allies provide even more assistance to Ukraine in an even faster time frame. The first shipment of grain since the invasion of Russia and the need to fully implement the agreement sponsored by the UN and our Turkish ally, “Stoltenberg wrote on Twitter. For his part, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has rejected accusations that Germany has reduced its military support to Ukraine and has promised to continue providing assistance to the country. In an interview with the Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail, Scholz asked to stick to “the facts”,
according to which Germany has delivered arms and ammunition to Ukraine since the early days of Moscow’s attack on Kiev.
The Chancellor stressed that this was a complete reversal of the trend with respect to “the strict policy of all German federal governments: no arms exports to crisis areas”. Scholz recalled what was provided to Ukraine: anti-tank and anti-aircraft systems, mines, cannons, tons of ammunition and non-lethal aid, then moving on to higher-value systems, highlighting that Ukrainians are trained on new and more equipment. sophisticated in different locations in Germany. “We will continue to provide this support to Ukraine for as long as necessary,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, the Kremlin has confirmed that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet on Friday. During the meeting, the two leaders will also discuss Ukrainian grain exports. The ‘Razoni’ ship, which left Odessa yesterday with a load of Ukrainian cereals, will arrive in Istanbul around midnight (11 pm in Italy). This was announced by the Turkish Ministry of Defense with a statement that the boat will subsequently be inspected by delegates from Turkey, Ukraine, Russia and the United Nations. Following the inspection, if no problems are found, the ship will continue its voyage, the final destination of which is Tripoli in Lebanon. This is the first boat to leave a Ukrainian port with a load of grain since the invasion of Ukraine began on 24 February.
And Russia has officially included the Ukrainian Azov regiment (former Azov battalion, before its inclusion in the Ukrainian regular armed forces) among the “terrorist organizations”. This was decided by the Supreme Court of Moscow, accepting a request from the Russian General Prosecutor’s Office, which asked for this designation.
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