“By using Gazprom, Moscow is doing everything to make this winter the hardest for European countries,” said Volodymyr Zelensky

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Cover image: File photo taken on January 12, 2022. A gas-fired power plant is pictured in Lingen, western Germany. MOTHER FASSBENDER / AFP

  • European Union countries reached an agreement on Tuesday to reduce gas consumption this winter, to reduce their dependence on Moscow, after the new sharp reduction in Russian deliveries. Russian gas giant Gazprom is to cut daily deliveries to Europe via the Nord Stream gas pipeline from today. Global stock markets fell on Tuesday, worried about gas supplies in Europe and the consequences of inflation in Western economies amid corporate results.
  • The Russian economy was less penalized than expected by the sanctions, announced by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Tuesday. Russia’s gross domestic product is expected to contract by 6% in 2022, the IMF predicted, much less than the 8.5% plunge the institution expected in previous forecasts published in April. European countries, on the other hand, suffered more than expected, said the IMF.
  • A residential area in Kharkiv, the second largest city in Ukraine, located in the northeast of the country, was bombed. Tuesday, according to its mayor, Ihor Terekhov. Russia fired S-300 missiles from Belgorod, said Maria Avdeeva, research director of the European Expert Association, adding that “one touched the children’s soccer field; the second, [une zone] near metro entrance”.
  • A “big strike” Mykolaiv was moved, Tuesday morning, according to the regional governor of the city, who posted a video, where many exploded and black smoke. A critical infrastructure facility and a car company were reportedly hit with no casualties. Missiles also targeted the outskirts of the city, and there were attempts to damage port facilities.
  • Russia to stop operating International Space Station (ISS) “After 2024”, announced on Tuesday the head of the Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos), Yuri Borissov, showing his country’s space ambitions. After this announcement, however, NASA said that it has not yet received official notification about this decision.
  • The United States on Tuesday urged Ukraine to appoint an attorney general capable of fighting corruption. to replace Iryna Venediktova, who was recently fired for failing to combat spying for Russia in her service. “We join the people of Ukraine in emphasizing the importance of a transparent appointment of a new, highly qualified and truly independent prosecutor general”State Department spokesman Ned Price said.

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