Ukraine controls Kherson supply routes, thousands of abducted children, and Ponomarev on the NRA

24 August, 03:25 PM

This newsletter was compiled by Romeo Kokriatski, Managing Editor of the New Voice of Ukraine, August 24, 2022.

The Ukrainian military’s Operational Command South said that full fire control was being exercised, ensuring that the 15,000 or so Russian troops believed to garrisoned in Kherson Oblast are cut off from any resupply or rotation. However, OC South noted that this poses a logistical issue for Ukrainian advances into the region as well.

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According to the Department for Family and Childhood of the Russian city of Krasnodar Krai, more than 1,000 Ukrainian children taken from the ruined city of Mariupol have been “adopted” by Russian families. Under international law, this act qualifies as genocide. Ukraine’s Interior Ministry announced on July 29 that more than 5,600 children had already been deported to Russia, but that the true number was much higher.

The APCs are identified as BVP-1s, a Czechoslovakian variant of the Soviet BMP-1, which first saw combat in the 1970s. In exchange, Slovakia will receive 15 Leopard 2A4 battle tanks. However, the country is not planning to send T-72 tanks to Ukraine, contrary to earlier reports, Slovakian Minister of Defense Jaroslav Nagy stated. The APCs are expected in the next few weeks, he added.

The 155mm shells are compatible with a variety of artillery in use with the Armed Forces, including the M109 Paladin and the M777 towed guns. They have a range of 40 to 70km, depending on whether the shell is finned, and use GPS guidance systems to achieve an accuracy of within 4 meters.

Ukraine’s nuclear operator, Energoatom, stated that the Russians had brought in an additional two armored personnel carriers and six specialized vehicles into the plant’s repair facility. In total, this means that there are now more than 40 pieces of military equipment deployed on the territory of the nuclear plant, including 16 military vehicles near the first reactor, and seven near the second. The threat of a Russian nuclear attack, utilizing the occupied plant, persists.

The summit, the second to be held, is one of the Zelenskyy administration’s diplomatic initiatives to gather support for the eventual return and reintegration of the occupied Crimean peninsula to Ukraine. The two leaders also discussed the situation in Ukraine, military, economic and humanitarian support, and bilateral cooperation.

Patron is a Jack Russel terrier whose record of over 200 located ordnance devices, and social media account, has made him a celebrity across Ukraine and the world. He’s now joined the animal rights group UAnimals as their Director of Communications. “It is very important to convey to Ukrainians and our audience abroad the importance of saving animals by all possible means, and it’s hard to find a leader as powerful for this task as the dog Patron,” said Oleksandr Todorchuk, founder of UAnimals. "Bark, bark, bark," Patron said in response to Todorchuk’s comments.

Ponomarev is the NRA’s main spokesperson and revealed the organization’s existence. He spoke to NV to provide more details about the group and explained the significance of targeting the Dugin family.

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