Liberation of Kherson begins, IAEA promises 4-day mission to ZNPP, and how Russia’s fossil fuel industry is dying amidst sanctions

30 August, 03:42 PM

This newsletter was compiled by Romeo Kokriatski, Managing Editor of the  New Voice of Ukraine, August 30, 2022.

The counteroffensive began with a breach in the first Russian defense line in the oblast, forcing a Donetsk puppet militia, as well as a unit of Russian paratroopers, to retreat from the area. Russian supply routes in the region have been effectively cut off due to Ukrainian strikes on key bridges over the Dnipro River, and Russian forces have no way to resupply or reinforce.

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Following the disconnection of the ZNPP from the Ukrainian power grid for the first time, IAEA director Rafael Grossi, as well as 13 experts from neutral countries, will travel to the plant to ensure that radioactive material remains properly contained. According to the Wall Street Journal, this mission will last four days.

Two missiles struck an office building as well as another three-story building in the center of the city, according to city mayor Ihor Terekhov. There were no known casualties as a result of the strike, city authorities say.

According to Mariupol mayoral adviser Petro Andriushchenko, this is in order to hide their mass murder of civilians who had used the building as a bomb shelter during the Battle for Mariupol on March 16. 600 people are believed to have perished in the strike. In total, Ukrainian authorities estimate that at least 25,000 people were killed by Russian attacks in Mariupol.

General Krivonos is accused of violating Part 5 of Art. 426−1 (excess of power or authority by a military official) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. Krivonos has denied the charges, and says that he was following lawful orders in his defense of the airport, located near Kyiv’s municipal border. “I received an order signed personally by the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valerii Zaluzhny, appointing me as the commander of the defense of the Zhulyany airport and enlisting me in military service. (However) the investigators were instructed to consider that order illegal,” the retired general said.

The telecommunications firm will be firing all of its Russian staff, and ceasing technical support for its networks in the country, though it added that it would present laid off workers some "financial and social" support. Ericsson used to work with the largest mobile phone operators in Russia. MTS and Tele2 have been major customers of the vendor's equipment in recent years. As a result, these companies may run into issues as replacement parts for their base stations, largely using Ericsson technology, will no longer be obtainable.

Russian energy companies have invested billions of dollars in foreign assets, which made it possible to sell its own raw materials and technologies. But after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the strengthening of sanctions, the situation has changed. NV examines the effects Russia’s full-scale war has had on the country’s largest energy companies.

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