Ukraine increased its efforts to reclaim the Russian-controlled south of the nation by bombing and isolating Russian soldiers in difficult-to-resupply locations, but claimed it observed signs that Moscow was redeploying forces to hold the territory. 

FIGHTING

  • A Russian missile assault on a flight school in the central Ukrainian city of Kropyvnytskyi killed five persons and injured 25, according to the regional governor. 
  • Separatists supported by Russia in the east Donetsk, Ukraine, reported four people dead and 11 injured by Ukrainian bombardment between Wednesday and Thursday.
  • According to a top advisor to Zelenskiy, Russian forces are conducting a “massive redeployment” of soldiers to three southern areas of Ukraine, indicating a shift in strategy by Moscow. 

DIPLOMACY, ECONOMY

  • Russian gas supplies to Europe through the Nord Stream pipeline and Ukraine were stable on Thursday, according to operator statistics. On July 27, Russia reduced pipeline flows to 20% of capacity, citing maintenance work. 
  • Russia said on Thursday that no agreement had been reached with the United States to swap detained U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner and a former marine for a jailed Russian prosecutors have identified as one of the world’s most prolific arms dealers. 
  • U.N. aid chief Martin Griffiths said on Thursday that the first grain shipment from a Ukrainian Black Sea port could take place as early as Friday, but that “crucial” details for vessel safety were still being worked out. 
  • On Thursday, Ukraine appointed experienced investigator Oleksandr Klymenko as the head of its Specialised Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office, responding to a European Union request as it seeks EU membership. 
  • The European Union has resolved to extend sanctions on Russia for another six months, until the end of January 2023.
  • The German government’s tough stance on Russia over the Ukraine war is under scrutiny at home, amid growing concerns about rising energy prices and possible gas shortages in Europe’s largest economy when winter arrives. 
  • Marina Ovsyannikova, a former Russian TV journalist, was fined 50,000 roubles ($820) for discrediting the country’s armed forces in social media posts condemning Russia’s actions in Ukraine.

Source: Reuters

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