Russia’s aggression against Ukraine has lasted 164 days. Residents of villages liberated by Ukrainian troops in the commune of Koczubeyivka in the Kherson region in the south of the country have been called to evacuate again due to a possible counter-attack by Russian forces, the tsn.ua portal informed the local authorities.
> At least 22 people were injured on Friday in the Russian shelling of Nikolaev in southern Ukraine, local authorities said. According to the governor of the Mykolaiv Oblast, Vitaly Kim, the attack also resulted in deaths. Their number was not given.
> Task 1 for Russia is to halt arms deliveries to Ukraine; we will not allow this to happen, said the head of Ukrainian diplomacy, Dmytro Kuleba. He assured that Kyiv would not allow these Russian actions to be successful.
> Residents of villages liberated by Ukrainian troops in the commune of Koczubeyivka in the Kherson region in the south of the country have been called to evacuate again due to a possible counter-attack by Russian forces, the tsn.ua portal informed the local authorities.
> Russian authorities carry out secret mobilization in two ways: they recruit prisoners sentenced for serious crimes and form “national battalions” in republics like Tatarstan. The Kremlin is doing everything possible to avoid calling up ethnic Russians to the front, said Mykhailo Podolak, advisor to the president of Ukraine.
> Ukraine may start exporting wheat harvested during this year’s harvest in September, said Taras Vysotsky, Deputy Minister of Agriculture. He added that he was counting on 3-3.5 million tonnes of grain to be shipped by sea each month.
> The Ukrainian concern Enerhoatom said on Friday that the Russian military fired twice that day at the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia. According to this source, three Russian missiles hit the area immediately adjacent to the object. As a result of this attack, high-voltage lines were to be damaged.
> Russia expelled 14 Bulgarian diplomats, embassy and consulate employees, the Russian Foreign Ministry informed in a note handed over to the Bulgarian ambassador to Moscow.
> The European Union has adopted a regulation assuming a voluntary reduction of demand for natural gas by 15 percent – the Council announced on Friday on its website. Several EU countries have announced that they will not introduce these regulations and will not cut demand for gas.
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