Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 166

As the Russia-Ukraine war enters its 166th day, we take a look at the key developments.

Here are the important events for Monday, August 8.


  • Ukrainian forces fired again on the Antonievsky bridge in the Russian-controlled city of Kherson, damaging construction equipment and delaying its reopening, the Interfax news agency said.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said there could be no talks with Ukraine or its international allies if Moscow held a referendum in the occupied territories of his country to join Russia.
  • The Ukrainian military said Russian forces attempted to attack six different areas in eastern Donetsk region over the weekend, all of which failed to gain any territory and were repelled by Ukrainian forces.
  • Ukraine is investigating nearly 26,000 suspected war crimes and has indicted 135 people since Russia’s February 24 invasion, its chief war crimes prosecutor told Reuters news agency.


  • Four ships carrying Ukrainian food left Ukrainian Black Sea ports as part of a deal to block the country’s sea exports, Russian Ukrainian and Turkish officials said.
  • Pope Francis earlier welcomed the departure of the first ships carrying grain blockaded by Russia from Ukrainian ports, saying the progress could be a model for dialogue to end the war in Ukraine.

Zaporizhia plant

  • Ukraine said on Sunday that renewed Russian shelling damaged three radiation sensors and injured a worker at the Zaporizhia plant, the second straight day of strikes at Europe’s largest nuclear facility.
  • The Russian-installed authority in the area said Ukrainian forces attacked the site with multiple rocket launchers, damaging administrative buildings and an area near a storage facility.
  • UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for international inspectors to enter the plant.


  • UK-based rights group Amnesty International apologized for the “distress and anger” caused by a report alleging civilian threats to Ukraine that angered Zelensky and led to the resignation of the head of Amnesty’s Kyiv office.

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