War in Ukraine: the highlights of Sunday July 31

Posted on July 31, 2022, 10:44 AMUpdated on July 31, 2022 at 9:19 PM

Five months after the start of the conflict in Ukraine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on residents of the Donetsk region, largely under Moscow’s control, to evacuate, as it is a frequent target of Russian strikes. “A government decision was taken on the mandatory evacuation of the Donetsk region,” the Ukrainian president said in a video address on Saturday night.

>> The highlights of Sunday July 31:

6:10 pm – No official agreement yet for access to Olenivka prison

The ICRC has yet to receive official permission on Sunday to access the Olenivka prison where several Ukrainian prisoners of war died in a bombardment in circumstances that have yet to be explained.

“At this time, we have not received official confirmation that gives us access to visit the site or the prisoners of war who were victims of the attack, and so far our offer of material assistance has not been accepted.”, explained. he.

Saturday night, the Russian Ministry of Defense said it had issued an invitation to the ICRC and the UN to go there. “The Russian Federation, in the interest of an objective investigation of the strike at the detention center in Elenovka (Olenivka in Ukrainian), which resulted in the death of a large number of Ukrainian prisoners of war, officially invited experts from of the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross,” the defense ministry said.

The ICRC asked for access to the site and “to all the places where the wounded and dead were taken” when it was informed of the bombing in which the Russians and Ukrainians blamed each other. The ICRC also offers assistance in evacuating the injured, medical equipment.

2:10 pm – Russia wants to strengthen its positions in the Arctic

Moscow wants to strengthen its positions in the Arctic, both economically and militarily, according to a new Russian naval doctrine signed by Vladimir Putin on the occasion of Russian Fleet Day.

The Arctic “has been transformed into a region of international competition, not only from an economic point of view, but also from a military point of view”, says this doctrine. For these reasons, Russia will strengthen its “leading positions in the exploration and conquest of the Arctic” and its mineral deposits and ensure its “strategic stability” in the area by strengthening the military potential of the Russian Fleets in the North and Pacific, specifies the document.

In the Arctic, the country also wants to “fully develop the Northern Sea Route”, also called the Northeast Passage that connects Europe to Asia along the Russian coast, to transform it into a “secure” route. circle”.

1:32 pm – Ukrainian cereal: according to Ankara, a first ship may leave on Monday

Turkey’s presidential spokesman said there was a ‘high possibility’ that a first ship carrying Ukrainian grain could leave the port of Odessa, Ukraine on Monday morning, under the terms of a agreement reached on July 22 with Russia.

“The preparations have reached a point that will allow the departure of the ships from the port of Odessa. The ships have been loaded, they are ready to travel, but there must be a good coordination of logistics,” he added. However, he specified that there were “one or two subjects to be settled in the negotiations with the Russians”.

11:19 am – The Russian Fleet will get a new hypersonic missile

The Russian Fleet “will be able to impose a lightning response to everyone who decides to undermine our sovereignty and independence”, assured Vladimir Putin, during a naval parade in Saint Petersburg (north-west), stressing that his military equipment “is subject to continuous improvement”.

He cited in particular the “ultra-modern Zircon hypersonic missiles with no known obstacles”. “Their delivery to the Russian armed forces will begin in the coming months,” Putin said.

10:47 am – Ukraine denies attacking Russian Fleet in Crimea

Russia’s accusations of “a so-called Ukrainian attack on the Russian Fleet Headquarters in Sevastopol” are “a deliberate provocation”, Odessa regional government spokesman Sergii Brachuk said in a statement. . video on Telegram. “The liberation of Ukrainian-occupied Crimea will take place in another, more efficient way,” he added.

7:12 am – Crimea: drone attack against Russian Black Sea Fleet headquarters, six injured

A drone attack on Sunday targeted the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol, the governor of this city on the annexed Crimean peninsula, Mikhail Razvozjayev, said. He reported six injured staff members. All Russian Fleet Day festivities were “cancelled for security reasons.”

Many celebrations are planned for this holiday across Russia, including a sea parade in Saint Petersburg (northwest), which will be presided over by President Vladimir Putin.

03:45 – kyiv calls on Donetsk region to evacuate

“A government decision has been made on the mandatory evacuation of the Donetsk region,” Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video address in the evening. “Please evacuate,” he pleaded. “The more residents leave the Donetsk region now, the fewer people the Russian army will kill.”

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk previously announced a forced evacuation for the entire population of Donetsk, one of the two administrative regions of the Donbass industrial basin where Russia claims land. He justified this decision, in televised declarations, by the destruction of gas networks and the loss of heating in the next winter in the region.

The main information for Saturday July 30:

> Bombings in Mykolaiv

Further south, in the night from Saturday to Sunday, the city of Mykolaiv was hit hard by bombings, “probably the strongest ever”, according to its mayor. “We heard loud explosions between 1 am and 5 am. Residential buildings were destroyed. Many fires broke out in the affected areas,” Oleksandr Senkevych said on Telegram.

> kyiv calls on the Red Cross and the UN to secure the prisoner soldiers

Ukraine announced on Saturday that it had asked the Red Cross and the UN to go to soldiers held captive by Russian forces, where about fifty were killed the previous day in a bombing.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday night called the bombing of a barracks where Ukrainian soldiers were imprisoned in Olenivka, in the Russian-occupied territory of the Donetsk region, a “deliberate Russian war crime”. in the east from Ukraine. He again called for Russia to be recognized as a “state of terror”.

> Russia cuts gas to Latvia

Russian gas giant Gazprom announced on Saturday that it has suspended gas deliveries to Latvia.

It has already reduced its deliveries to Europe this week through the Nord Stream gas pipeline, officially due to the maintenance of a turbine.

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