Ukraine and Russia accused each other on Friday of endangering nuclear power plants by shelling Europe’s largest nuclear power facility, which is held by Russian forces in an area that is anticipated to become one of the war’s next major front lines. 

ECONOMY

  • According to Slovak refiner Slovnaft and another person acquainted with the subject, a European bank has agreed to approve a payment for the transit of Russian oil through Ukraine, removing the cause of a standstill in oil shipments to central Europe last week. 
  • According to Turkey’s defense ministry, the first Ukrainian wheat to be shipped under a U.N.-brokered accord was on one of two ships leaving Ukrainian Black Sea ports on Friday. More than a dozen other ships leaving in the last two weeks carried primarily corn, as well as grain for animal feed and fuel. 
  • Kazakhstan is set to sell some of its crude oil through Azerbaijan’s largest oil pipeline beginning in September, as the country seeks alternatives to a route threatened by Russia, according to three sources familiar with the subject. 

FIGHTING

  • Three civilians, including a child, were injured in overnight shelling of Marhanets, a town adjacent to the Russian-held Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, according to Valentyn Reznichenko, governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region, in the latest in a series of such reports.
  • Ukraine’s General Staff reported significant shelling and air attacks by Russian forces on dozens of cities and military bases on Friday, particularly in the east, where Russia is attempting to expand territory held by separatist proxies.
  • On Telegram, Pavlo Kyrylenko, governor of the eastern Donetsk region, claimed seven people had been killed and 14 had been injured in the previous 24 hours.
  • Ukraine’s security agencies released a joint statement requesting that the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross send representatives to places where Russian POWs are being held. 
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy instructed officials late Thursday to avoid talking to reporters about Kyiv’s military operations against Russia, calling such comments “frankly irresponsible”.
  • Blasts at the Russian-operated Saki military airfield in western Crimea this week resulted in the loss of eight Russian combat jets, according to Britain, a fraction of Russia’s overall aviation force but a setback to Russia’s Black Sea capability. 

Source: Reuters

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