The fate of Ukraine’s second largest power plant remained in doubt after Russian-backed rebels claimed to have taken it intact, but Kyiv refused to acknowledge the takeover, stating only that battle was taking place nearby. 

SANCTIONS, ECONOMY

  • Russia sent less gas to Europe on Wednesday, escalating an energy standoff between Moscow and the European Union, making it more difficult and expensive for the EU to fill storage ahead of the winter heating season. 
  • Following a momentous United Nations agreement last week, Turkey’s defense minister launched a center in Istanbul to monitor the unblocking of Ukrainian grain exports, with the first cargo likely to travel from Black Sea ports within days. 
  • Ukraine’s navy confirmed that preparations for resumption of grain shipments had begun at three Ukrainian Black Sea ports. 
  • Russia Today, a state-controlled media channel, lost a court battle against a European Union ban imposed in March over suspected deception, leading the Kremlin to threaten punitive steps against Western media. 
  • The European Union has resolved to extend sanctions on Russia for another six months, until the end of January 2023.

FIGHTING

  • A Russian attack on a Ukrainian hotel in the Donetsk area village of Bakhmut killed at least one person, according to local officials.
  • Authorities in the Russian-controlled Ukrainian city of Kherson have closed its single bridge over the Dnipro River after it was hit by high mobility artillery rocket systems (HIMARS) provided by the United States, according to a Russian-installed administration official. 
  • On July 24, Russia’s Defense Ministry said that its troops had destroyed more than 100 US-made HIMARS rockets in Ukraine’s Dnipropetrovsk area. Reuters was unable to independently verify either side’s battlefield reports.

Source: Reuters

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