Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 168

Here are the key events for Wednesday, August 10.

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fights

  • One person was killed when a Russian airbase on the annexed Crimean peninsula was rocked by explosions, which Moscow said were not the result of any attack but the explosion of stored ammunition.
  • In the northern town of Bucha, 15 bodies were buried four months after Russian forces withdrew from the area. The local mayor said that the people who were shot and exhumed from the mass grave all bore signs of torture.
  • The head of Ukraine’s state nuclear company warned of “extremely high” risks of fire at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in the Russian-occupied south, saying it was vital that Ukrainian forces regain control of the facility in time for winter.
  • Russia will “almost certainly” establish new ground forces to support its operations in Ukraine, the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defense said.
  • Russian shelling killed 13 people overnight in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, the governor said.

Diplomacy

  • United States President Joe Biden signed documents approving the entry of Finland and Sweden into NATO, the most significant expansion of the military alliance since the 1990s in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on the West to impose a blanket travel ban on Russians, an idea that has gained support in some European Union member states but angered Moscow, which dismissed the call as irrational.
  • The US State Department has approved $89m worth of aid to help Ukraine equip and train 100 teams to clear landmines and unexploded ordnance for one year.

economy

  • Germany’s network regulator, which would be in charge of gas rationing in the event of a supply emergency, has received several exemption requests from across the industry, raising fears of potential production cuts and subsequent losses.
  • Two more grain-carrying ships left the Ukrainian port of Chornomorsk on Tuesday, Turkey’s defense ministry said, bringing to 12 the number of ships that have left the country under a safe-passage agreement.
  • EU member states will no longer be allowed to import coal from Russia after a transitional period of the bloc’s sanctions ends at midnight on Wednesday.

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