As the Russia-Ukraine war enters its 167th day, we take a look at the key developments.
Here are the important events for Tuesday, August 9.
Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant
- The head of Ukraine’s state nuclear company Energoatom has called for the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant to be made a demilitarized zone and warned of the threat of a Chernobyl-style nuclear disaster after shelling at the site.
- The U.S. will provide $1 billion in security assistance for Ukraine, the single largest package using the president’s drawdown authority, including long-range weapons and munitions for armored medical transport vehicles, Pentagon spokesman Todd Bresell said Monday.
- Colin Kahl, the Pentagon’s undersecretary of defense for policy, said Russia has suffered between 70,000 and 80,000 people killed or wounded since the invasion of Ukraine began.
- Heavy fighting was reported in front-line towns near the eastern city of Donetsk, where Ukrainian officials said Russian forces had launched offensives trying to seize control of the industrialized Donbass region.
- Around Kharkiv in the northeast, Ukrainian forces captured the town of Dovenke from Russian occupiers and were advancing towards Izyum, Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovich said in a video posted on YouTube.
- To the southeast, the main Antonovsky bridge over the Dnieper River in Kherson region was again targeted by Ukrainian forces in an attempt to disrupt Russian supply lines.
- Ukraine arrested two people working for Russian intelligence services who planned to kill Ukraine’s defense minister and the head of its military intelligence agency, Ukraine’s domestic security service, the SBU, said.
- Britain’s Ministry of Defense says that over the past 30 days, Russia’s assault on the town of Bakhmut has been “the most successful axis in Donbas,” although troops have only managed to advance 10km (6.2 miles) in that time.
- Russia has blocked access to the website of Germany’s Die Welt newspaper at the request of prosecutors, according to the country’s communications regulator.
- Moscow-backed officials in the Zaporizhia region say they are pressing ahead with plans to hold a referendum on joining Russia.
- The World Bank said it was mobilizing a $4.5 billion grant provided by the United States for Ukraine to help Kiev meet urgent needs stemming from Russia’s invasion, including healthcare, pensions and social payments.
- Under a long-awaited process agreed by Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the United Nations on Monday and seen by Reuters, ships exporting Ukrainian grain from the Black Sea will be protected by a 10 nautical-mile buffer zone.