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Russia Ukraine War News Live Updates: Russian missiles hit Ukraine port city of Mykolaiv; Drone strike hits Russia’s Black Sea naval base – The Indian Express
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Russia Ukraine War News Live Updates: Russian missiles hit Ukraine port city of Mykolaiv; Drone strike hits Russia’s Black Sea naval base – The Indian Express 

Russia Ukraine War Live Updates: Mykolaiv Mayor Oleksandr Senkevych said on Sunday that that city saw over 12 missile hits from Russia, which were the most powerful in the city over the last five months. The missile attacks led to the death of two people and injured three others. The attacks continued till Sunday evening. The attacks led to the death of grain tycoon Oleksiy Vadatursky and his wife.
A drone strike on Sunday hit Black Sea naval base in Russia-occupied Sevastopol region. The strike injured five Russian navy staff members, the Crimean port city’s governor, Mikhail Razvozhayev said. The attack hit the naval base on Russia’s Navy Day.
Governor of Dnipropetrovsk Valentyn Reznichenko said Russia heavily attacked Ukraine’s Nikopol. He wrote on Telegram, that up to 50 Grad rockets hit residential areas injuring one person and damaging houses and gas and water pipelines.
Britain said on Monday that Russia had continued to attempt tactical assaults on the Bakhmut axis in eastern Ukraine over the last four days, but had only managed to make slow progress.
“As briefed by the Ukrainian authorities last week, Russia is likely reallocating a significant number of its forces from the northern Donbas sector to southern Ukraine,” the British Ministry of Defence said in an intelligence update.
Britain said that Russia was probably adjusting the operational design of its Donbas offensive and had likely identified its Zaporizhzhia front as a vulnerable area in need of reinforcement. (Reuters)
Turkey’s defense ministry says the first ship carrying Ukrainian grain will set off from the port of Odesa on Monday.
The ministry says the Sierra Leone-flagged cargo ship, Razoni, which has been loaded with corn, will depart Odesa for Lebanon at 0530 GMT. The ministry statement said other ships would also depart Ukraine’s ports through the safe corridors in line with deals signed in Istanbul on July 22, but did not provide further details.
Russia and Ukraine signed separate agreements with Turkey and the U.N. clearing the way for Ukraine — one of the world’s key breadbaskets — to export 22 million tons of grain and other agricultural goods that have been stuck in Black Sea ports because of Russia’s invasion. The deals also allow Russia to exports grain and fertilizers. (AP)
UK military intelligence said on Monday that Russia was likely reallocating significant number of its forces from the northern Donbas sector to southern Ukraine. (Reuters)
Anatoly Chubais, who quit his post as a Kremlin special envoy due to the war in Ukraine, has been hospitalised in Europe with a rare autoimmune disorder that attacks the nervous system, a Russian journalist quoted him as saying.
Chubais has been diagnosed with Guillain–Barre syndrome, a disease caused by the immune system damaging the peripheral nervous system, Russian reporter and political activist Ksenia Sobchak quoted him as saying on Telegram.
It was unclear exactly where in Europe the 67-year-old Chubais, who left Russia immediately after resigning in March, was hospitalised. Chubais could not be reached for immediate comment. Chubais, who once served as former President Boris Yeltsin’s chief of staff, served as President Vladimir Putin’s special representative for ties with international organisations before his resignation. (Reuters)
Russian missiles pounded Ukraine’s port city Mykolaiv on the Black Sea, as President Vladimir Putin signed a new naval doctrine casting the United States as Russia’s main rival and setting global maritime ambitions in the Black Sea and Arctic.
Putin did not mention the conflict in Ukraine during a speech marking Russia’s Navy Day on Sunday, but said the navy would receive hypersonic Zircon cruise missiles in coming months. The missiles can travel at nine times the speed of sound, outrunning air defences.
Navy Day celebrations in the port of Sevastopol were disrupted when five Russian navy staff members were injured by an explosion after a suspected drone flew into the courtyard of Russia’s Black Sea fleet, the Crimean port city’s governor, Mikhail Razvozhayev, told Russian media. (Reuters)
Russian missiles pounded the southern Ukrainian port city of Mykolaiv on Sunday, killing the owner of a major grain exporter, while a drone strike on Russia’s Black Sea naval base in Sevastopol was launched from within the city in a “terrorist attack,” a Russian lawmaker said.
Oleksiy Vadatursky, founder and owner of agriculture company Nibulon, and his wife were killed in their home, Mykolaiv Governor Vitaliy Kim said on Telegram.
Headquartered in Mykolaiv, a strategically important city that borders the mostly Russian-occupied Kherson region, Nibulon specialises in the production and export of wheat, barley and corn, and has its own fleet and shipyard. (Read More)
In Regarding the Pain of Others (2003), the late Susan Sontag wrote, “War was and still is the most irresistible — and picturesque — news”. That war is picturesque is a thought that many of us find hard to digest. It suggests that we find beauty and therefore pleasure in images of suffering. It’s also what disturbs us about the latest Vogue digital cover, featuring Ukraine’s first lady, Olena Zelenska and her husband, president Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Titled ‘Portrait of Bravery’, the photoshoot shows the couple against the backdrop of war-torn Ukraine. Shot by Annie Leibovitz in July 2022 — well over four months since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began — it has been criticised as a mockery of suffering and war. The story lists Zelenska’s “ecru silk blouse with a black velvet bow” or “chunky white sneakers with yellow and blue detailing, a nod to the Ukrainian flag” or “her hair loose on her shoulders”. Could “Ukraine war chic” be the next big thing on runways this season? The tone is discordant with all that’s happened to Ukrainians since the war began. (Read More)
A small explosive device carried by a makeshift drone blew up at the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet on the Crimean Peninsula, wounding six people and prompting the cancellation of ceremonies there honouring Russia’s navy, authorities said.
Meanwhile, one of Ukraine’s richest men, a grain merchant, was killed in what Ukrainian authorities said was a carefully targeted Russian missile strike on his home.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the drone explosion on Sunday in a courtyard at the naval headquarters in the city of Sevastopol. But the seemingly improvised, small-scale nature of the attack raised the possibility that it was the work of Ukrainian insurgents trying to drive out Russian forces. (AP)
Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Sunday that the country’s harvest could be half its usual amount this year due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“Ukrainian harvest this year is under the threat to be twice less,” suggesting half as much as usual, Zelenskyy wrote in English on Twitter.

“Our main goal — to prevent global food crisis caused by Russian invasion. Still grains find a way to be delivered alternatively,” he added. 
Ukrainian harvest this year is under the threat to be twice less. Our main goal — to prevent global food crisis caused by Russian invasion. Still grains find a way to be delivered alternatively. Watch a new episode of @United24media «Yep, this is Ukraine»: https://t.co/JvaqQcnXb3 pic.twitter.com/hBxuvjlFWc

Russia invited experts from the UN and Red Cross to probe the deaths “in the interests of conducting an objective investigation”, the defence ministry said on Sunday.
The ministry had published a list of 50 Ukrainian prisoners of war killed and 73 wounded in what it said was a Ukrainian military strike with a US-made High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS).

Ukraine’s armed forces denied responsibility, saying Russian artillery had targeted the prison to hide mistreatment there. Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Friday Russia had committed a war crime and called for international condemnation.
Reuters journalists confirmed some of the deaths at the prison, but could not immediately verify the differing versions of events.
The UN had said it was prepared to send experts to investigate if it obtained consent from both parties. The International Committee of the Red Cross said it was seeking access and had offered to help evacuate the wounded.
Ukraine has accused Russia of atrocities against civilians and identified more than 10,000 possible war crimes. Russia denies targeting civilians and war crimes in the invasion it calls a “special operation”. (Reuters)
Russian gas producer Gazprom said its supply of gas to Europe through Ukraine via the Sudzha entry point was seen at 42.2 million cubic metres (mcm) on Sunday, up from 42.1 mcm seen a day earlier.
An application to supply gas via the Sokhranovka entry point was rejected by Ukraine, Gazprom said.
A senior official in Russian-annexed Crimea accused Ukraine on Sunday of carrying out a drone attack ahead of planned celebrations to mark Navy Day, injuring five and forcing the cancellation of festivities.
The accusation comes hours before Russian President Vladimir Putin is due to oversee Navy Day celebrations in his hometown of St Petersburg and approve Russia’s naval doctrine as Moscow presses on with its military intervention in Ukraine.
“An unidentified object flew into the courtyard of the fleet’s headquarters,” Mikhail Razvozhayev, governor of Sevastopol, home to Russia’s Black Sea fleet, wrote on the Telegram messaging app. “According to preliminary information, it is a drone.”
He said Ukraine had decided to “spoil Navy Day for us”.
The Ukrainian defence ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Razvozhayev said that five employees of the fleet headquarters had been injured in the incident and that the Federal Security Service (FSB) was investigating its circumstances. (Reuters)
Ukraine’s government has decided on a mandatory evacuation of people in the eastern Donetsk region, scene of fierce fighting with Russia, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Saturday.
In a late-night televised address, Zelenskyy also said the hundreds of thousands of people still in combat zones in the larger Donbas region needed to leave.
“The more people leave Donetsk region now, the fewer people the Russian army will have time to kill,” he said, adding that residents would be given compensation. Read more here

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Blood, treasure and chaos: the cost of Russia’s war in Ukraine
Russia’s February 24 invasion of Ukraine has left tens of thousands of dead, displaced millions and sown economic strife across the world. Following are the main impacts of the war:
* Death
Since Feb. 24, 5,237 civilians have been recorded as killed and 7,035 as injured, though the actual casualties are much higher, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said on July 25. Most of those killed or injured were the victims of explosive weapons such as artillery, missile and air strikes, the OHCHR said.
Neither Russia nor Ukraine have given details on the military deaths in the conflict. The conflict in eastern Ukraine began in 2014 after a pro-Russian president was toppled in Ukraine’s Maidan Revolution and Russia annexed Crimea, with Russian-backed forces fighting Ukraine’s armed forces.
About 14,000 people were killed there between 2014 and 2022, according to OHCHR, including 3,106 civilians.
US intelligence estimates that some 15,000 Russian soldiers have been killed so far in Ukraine and three times that wounded – equal to the total Soviet death toll during Moscow’s occupation of Afghanistan in 1979-1989.
Ukrainian military losses are also significant but probably a little less than Russia’s, US intelligence believes, CIA Director William Burns said this month.

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